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timeless beauty

Recently, when I taught a portraiture class at PCNW in Seattle, I put out a call to agencies for models who would like to work with my class. I got a call from an old friend, Pennie Pickering. She said her sixteen-year-old daughter was interested. “And what about you?” I asked. I hadn’t seen Pennie for almost 17 years when I photographed her older daughter Carter for the cover of Parents Magazine. I had never met Peri but when they walked into the studio for the class, I loved her. Peri and Pennie posed for me as I demonstrated the beauty of using a single light to photograph a subject. Often when I teach lighting classes, students come with the bad habit of thinking they need to light portraits with multiple lights, the worst being a face evenly lit from both sides (like the old mug shots from junior high). I like to point out the simplicity of the light utilized by the Old Masters. Think of Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Vermeer. The beauty of this lighting is that it allows mystery to live in the image. Shadows are as important as light. For the portrait of Pennie and Peri I didn’t even light the background. Pennie looks like a queen. Peri, the princess. Their beauty is as timeless as the light.

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