Portrait of Crystaline by Terry Schmidbauer
Portrait of Crystaline, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Another shot from the photo shoot on Saturday night with Crystaline. This one took a little longer to retouch so it’s a little late in coming. I really liked the strands of hair dangling into the negative space on the left and made sure there was some beautiful light on it.

This portrait has such a nice feeling. Crystaline looks so relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. This was one of the last captures so she may have been sick of posing but that’s when you get the best portraits. There’s always a point during a portrait shoot when your model let’s go of that defense mechanism of being in front of a camera. I’m always trying to encourage that moment by carrying on a conversation so to make the person on the other side of the camera feel comfortable. A good portrait is really the result of a great chemistry between the model and the photographer.