My beautiful niece, Kim, is extremely easy to photograph. I don't think I've ever taken a bad picture of her since the day she was born. Some people are just easy to capture on film. That is one of the many things I've learned in all these years. Other people have to be coaxed, and caught just right, and it's probably why I stick to landscapes, macros and horses and dogs. Oh, and don't be confused by the word film. I'm into digital, but I still talk film sometimes.
When I'm in the right mood, I do enjoy taking pictures of people, even though I don't think it's a strongpoint of mine. I'd like to be better at it, so it's a goal.
The picture shown here was accomplished in Photoshop using two of the actions available in Pioneer Woman's free action set #1.
First I fixed the photo slightly to my liking. Then I ran PW's "B&W Beauty" action making the picture black & white. Then I flattened it and ran PW's "Soft & Faded" action, which lent a slight sepia tone. If you use Photoshop, these actions are a nice add-on.
Here's the original SOOC (straight out-of-camera shot) above and the finished one below. The color picture is fine, but it wasn't doing anything for me. I love how the sepia tones add to the mystery behind the sunglasses, which for me are the focal point. Well, that and her beautiful hair with the little wisps.
BTW, I texted her and let her know she's going to become famous. I think she's laughing right now.