I find that every time I post another one of these senior portraits I have to stop myself from starting out by saying “This is one of my favorites…” They are ALL one of my favorites from that morning :) This was one of the last images that we got, just as the sun was starting to rise (any other photographer would probably have thought about starting around this time!)
I gave this one a lot of care in post-processing because I absolutely love her expression. Her face was a little washed out though, as I had the reflector maybe 1-2 feet too close to her. So I worked a long time and very carefully with the adjustment brush to bring some tone back into her face without making it look obviously-edited. I softened the skin again but applied much less “glow” to the warm colors so it doesn’t have quite as much Vaseline-on-the-lens look (those of you who are photographers “of a certain age” will understand that reference – I doubt it’s much in use these days).