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This morning, I took pictures of my very first stranger. No friend of a friend. No friend of a friend of a friend. Just a girl I saw in Wal-Mart and asked if she would like to have her pictures taken. This is Shannon. She is 32 weeks along and is in the National Guard. She NEVER wears make up, has had a no fuss pregnancy and never even thought of having her pictures taken. And since I'e given up on Facebook, I thought what the heck...and I asked.

I have a ton that I actually like this time. Heck, maybe enough enough to call this a pb session! Wink

Just wanted to share the very first picture I took this morning. After I figure out a way to copy/paste 92 raw files with out doing them one by one, I'll be back to share more...including some semi nude ones she let me do! Smile

CC anything you can for me please. NO kind words. I really really need to do well on this session!

ISO:200, ss:1/80, f2, flash fired at 1/64 power, 50mm

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awesome, congrats on being bold enough to approach and ask

i prefer the colour, i feel like b/w is a bit washed out on the left

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Wow, good for you for being so brave! I could never approach a random person like that! I prefer the color on this. What did you do for lighting here. I like the effect you're getting.
Can't wait to see more!

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here is another very quick one...I have to run out the door so these have to wait. I HATE that!
ISO:200, SS:1/125, f3.5, 50mm, flash fired camera left at 1/32 power

BLAH! I should have had my ap closer to 5!!!

Thanks for the CC, LJ, I will have to try and jump up the contrast maybe. Smile

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Kelly!!!! MORE MORE MORE

Great job, can't wait to see the rest. GOOD for you for asking her!!

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Holy Cow! These ROCK!!! And Good On YOU for asking her!!!

Of the first 2, I'm going to jump the mold and say I like the b&w better. All that white space competes w/ the color to me whereas, it compliments it in the b&w. I love b&w though ... so take that as you will.

I think I'd like to see a BIT less white space though. Without your logo, that's a lot of empty space, imho. I'd really love to see a portrait crop of this image.

And the 3rd image ... WOWSERS!!! I would never have known you had a flash (& a single one at that) fired. I LOVE that there are no competing shadows ... only a very powerful image. WOW! WOW! WOW!

Hurry back so we can see some more!!!

GiGi

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Kelly, you freakin' ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!! I love how you had the balls to ask her. And I love that she said yes. Whoo hoo!!!!

I might be having monitor issues in terms of brightness ... but from here, the first one seems too bright. Like her hand, there's white on it. Light from the window? Don't know, just seems really bright. I do prefer it in color.

But I love love love love love (can't say it enough) the second one. I think it's awesome!!!!! I can't wait to see more!

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Seriously, ya'll...I needed this shoot! I was feeling so so down lately.

I made sure that I had ALL my ducks in a row for those! That's one of the reasons I felt so much pressure I think. Like since I had her sign more detailed paperwork, that I needed to prove that the paperwork was actually needed. Does that sound corney???

So get this, she just called. Not even having seen the pictures, she wants to do a shoot next week with her sister as an anniversary present for her parents. Like a mini session. I am excited. Now I need to do dinner and then edit a couple more. Smile

Gigi, I'll add the color one on here so you can see #3.

Gwen, sweetie, I don't shy away from much.;) I thought you knew that! Lol There is something about giving birth that made me SO not shy. Maybe it was the 10 zillion people that saw my legs wide open, I dunno...

I just hope that I did okay on these over all. Uggg...I don't do well with this much pressure.

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you're the only one putting on the pressure, just take a deep breath, all is good. Wink and I'm sure you have some more gems in the set. and how awesome that she called for another session!

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wanted to add another...
iso:200, SS:1/50(I know, I neded it higher! Blah!), f3.2, 105mm, flash fired left of camera at 1/32 power

TOTALLY sucks that I blew out her shirt! And what the heck to I do about the bra straps? :confused:

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These look great Kelly! I KNEW you would do good!!!

Tash:bigarmhug:

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These look great Kelly! I agree with Gwen. You are the one putting pressure on yourself! Don't worry so much. You rocked it!

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Love the pic in the second post.. Im not so shocked that you asked her as I am that she is partly naked.. I want to see more!! Err that kind of sounded bad lol

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These are great! I haven't got the guts to even give my card out to a pregnant lady I see in public. Go you! I actually really like that first one in BW...and I'm a color gal, go figure! Woo hoo for getting her nekid! LOL! Another thing I have NO guts to ask for.

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I took your initial picture, increased the contrast some and did a chocolate conversion. hope you don't mind. it's private, so let me know if you want me to take it down ...

chocolate belly