Portrait contest Honorable mentions

We got so many great entries for our Portrait contest I wanted to share a few more that I thought were really amazing. It was so difficult to only choose 3 images for the winners so here are a few more shots and some things that I think work well with the images.

This first shot is by Timothy Kou. The lighting in this shot really sets the mood of the image. That combined with the blank stare and pose of the man it makes you pause for a second and wonder what this person is thinking. It really grabs your attention like a good portrait should and the negative space off to the left of the image works really well with the composition. One thing I would like to see in this shot is a little more dramatic light, have the guys entire right side of his face fall into shadow instead of having that little piece of light on his cheek would make it much more powerful in my opinion.
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This image is by Matt at Hinkley Photo. This is a great example of capturing the essence of a child without needing to have them look and smile at the camera. It captures the innocence and curiosity of a child. The tone and slight softness of the image I think do really add to the shot, its not applying a PS action just to do so but helps to bring this moment to life.

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This shot is by Heidi at http://www.velvetowlphotography.com. A great example of a high contrast portrait that really just rocks! The contrast along with the tight composition and look of the child grab your attention right away. A really amazing portrait!
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This photo is by Rhonda at Rhonda Mitchell Photography . Fun, creative, colorful just a few words that popped right into my mind when I saw it. This shot puts a smile right on your face and I am sure the client will absolutely love it! One small suggestion I would have is to burn in the edges of the image a bit (mainly some of the very light grass). Bring the viewers attention back to that cute smiley baby!
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This image is by Tamandra of Heart Dog Studios. How can you not just love this face! Just an amazing shot, a perfect capture of a dog which I know isn’t easy to do. Love the light background it really brings out the eyes of the dog where they are reflecting the sky and the soft lines in the background also add an extra visual element to the shot that I really like.
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Also don’t forget to enter our current contest with your best black and white landscape. It’s sponsored again by Black River Imaging and you can win one of 3 $100 giftcards for their servies!

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Author: Mark Stagi

Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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