the golden hour

Here’s the challenge with Miss Analisa: show off her beauty but retain her 15 year old innocence. It’s not easy. Her mom and I rejected several photos because she looked too pretty. I know, I don’t expect that problem to garner a lot of sympathy for Analisa or me. 😉

These were taken back in May during the hour before sunset (that and the hour after sunrise are always the best time to shoot); I used my 50 mm lens between 1.8 and 2.2; 1/250 ss. Sorry for the boring info but I’m trying to be more helpful these days.

September 15, 2009



  1. jennie w.

    September 16, 2009

    You should post a link to this over on Blog Segullah since we’re talking about hair. And this is some gorgeous hair! (and pictures. I know I always say that. I’m not being a butt-kisser. I really do think you’re that good.)

  2. Tracy

    September 16, 2009

    Gorgeous!!! My word – her hair…lovely!!!

  3. Brett Nielson

    September 16, 2009

    Holy @#$%^&!!! What have you done with my daughter???? Now I can’t keep her a secret! A shotgun is not enough. I’m going to have to hire protection but I can’t trust them either! You’ve ruined my life!

  4. Claudia

    September 16, 2009

    Don’t listen to him, he’s crazy.

    And now for the true test… SHE LOVED THEM!

    She jumped up and down as she looked over her Dad’s shoulder as he slumped further down in his chair.

    She is radiant and the scene looks like we hand painted it to perfection. Thank you for sharing your gift with us. You never cease to amaze!

  5. Jodie

    September 16, 2009

    Amazing! Thanks for the technical info. I love that stuff. I frequently drool over your photography skills and am always interested in the details! If I may ask a question, are you spot metering off her skin to get perfect exposure?

  6. Chelle

    September 16, 2009

    You ARE amazing. And I am being a butt-kisser. : D

    These are perfection.

  7. ashli

    September 16, 2009

    you know the more beautiful pictures you post the more people are going to want YOU! these are amazing and she is lovely!

  8. Jeanette

    September 16, 2009

    I love these photos! Wonderful job, I too love my 50 lens. The depth of field is beautiful on these!!

  9. Denise

    September 16, 2009

    Brett & Claudia make me laugh. She’s glorious! What a lovely, lovely girl.

  10. Judith

    September 17, 2009

    You captured the outward and the inward beauty of this beautiful young girl. You’re fabulous.

  11. Reluctant Nomad

    September 17, 2009

    Um, wow. That’s all.

  12. Annie

    September 17, 2009

    Lovely, lovely. Exceptionally so.
    I think every 15-year-old should have a set of photos of themselves like these. Look! You’re beautiful!

    Love your talent.

  13. Travelin'Oma

    September 18, 2009

    She is stunning. No way to hide it. I love the bottom picture best.

  14. katherine

    September 18, 2009

    Analisa and Sarah are so beautiful!!! (hehe i get to say she is my sister!)

  15. martha corinna

    September 19, 2009

    These are beautiful. And her hair, so gorgeous. I think mine was 2 tone orange at that age, yuck.

  16. Brooke

    September 20, 2009

    ah, to be TOO pretty…

  17. Ginnie

    September 24, 2009

    These are STUNNING! Seriously stunning. You have some awesome locations hiding up your sleeve. If it’s not one of those I-can-tell-you-but-then-I’d-have-to-kill-you things then I would love to know. Especially that really cool urban location you did a few posts back.

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