A Portrait of Lee

This is my contribution to Scott Thomas Photography’s Assignment 9: Portraiture. Lee has agreed to pose for me if I would take her to her school Beach Bingo.  I was pleased with the outcome, the background is a china cabinet covered with a sheet.  The natural lighting came from the window across from her and this was taken around 6:45 pm (18:45).  Lee picked out her own outfit, the Thai embroidery hat complimented her complexion well.

I kept my promise, we got to the Beach Bingo by 7:00 pm.

This was taken with a Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Aperture Priority, f/4, 1/25sec, ISO-200, Exposure bias 0, focal length 50mm, center weighted average metering, closeup cropped, tripod mounted.


  1. Great photo. You must be very pleased with it.
    I love the way that Lee cooperates so willingly too – the dead butterfly, panning, and now this.

    All the best, Boonie

    • Hi Scott, thanks for such awesome grade. 🙂 Working with kid takes time and patience and the key that I learned is to engage them. I’m glad that it came out good on my first attempt with her.

    • Thanks Jeffrey, learning new technique is good for me, and the plus side is that I get a great portrait of Lee. I have to enlarge and frame this one. 🙂

    • cambree, Lee has been a great help and all I have to do is to tell her that I’m learning something new and she’s willing to help, but hard to get a natural looking smile from her.

  2. I can get a bit apprehensive (and camera shy) about being in photos too.

    But I laugh easily and remember to think about a happy or funny scene. Something like a cat riding a unicycle. 😀

    • cambree, Lee likes to do the cheese smile, not very pretty on her, unlike my niece she could make a perfect smile every time.

      Thanks for the tip, I need to tell Lee to think about happy and funny stuff next time. 🙂

  3. Oh, this is lovely, she is a beautiful girl. The hat is real elegant to her, and you arranged a very nice light. A very nice portrait indeed.

    • photospaz thanks. I shot a portrait of my co-worker Lee prior to this, but his turned out like a mugshot so I didn’t post his photo. I guess Lee is a very popular name after all. 🙂

  4. Nye, this is indeed one of the best portaits I have seen!!! You have done an excellent work here – and you are lucky to have a lovely model!

  5. Very sweet picture and I love the light. Lee is quite the fashion stylist! Love the colors.

  6. This is a fine portrait. It shows Lee as a lovely child who is also gifted with strength and confidence. Not to mention good taste in hats!

    • Thanks for your kind words Gerry, if read between the line I could see stubbornness. She mentioned to me once that she wants to be a hat maker. 🙂

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