And now for something a bit different..

My first attempt at portraiture. While I was in Sydney, my friend Leila asked me to photograph her for a dance shoot portfolio. This is one of the photos from that shoot. Prior to this I had not photographed human subjects. As you can see by my portfolio, I have a liking for things that are either not alive, or if alive, cannot speak!

Was a bit nerve wracking but Leila and I both think it turned out rather well.

I have cropped this original photo, adjusted the brightness and contrast, and added a cooling filter to it to attain this colder and harsher appearance to the original. I guess I wanted it to fit in with my theme of things that aren’t so friendly. Let it be clear that Leila is in no way unfriendly or cold, and I think that’s why I wanted to represent it so differently.

From the cold look in her eyes, I decided the mood would be personally vengeful for this one. Although the look in her eyes is so deep and dark, anything could be running through her mind! (She really is a nice person in reality :) )

Natural light.

Model (& friend): Leila Cusack

Canon EOS 400D
18 – 55, 58mm
f5.6, 1/60, ISO 800

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Andrew is a Melbourne born, independent photographic artist who has exhibited and sold works globally.

Recreating the world as we forgot it..

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  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvilleabout 5 years ago

    very well done!!! wonderful composition and light! great moody colors as well!

  • Thanks so much Daisy! Really glad you like it, this could be a turning point for me :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Ann  Palframan
    Ann Palframanabout 5 years ago

    Wow, Andrew, this is awesome. I think you need to explore this genre further as you have a definite flair for portraiture, based on this most impressive first attempt.

  • Thanks very much Ann!! What a great source of encouragement and support you always are :) I’m not sure how much I enjoy photographing people yet, but I will definitely be exploring it further!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • monaiman
    monaimanabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic !!! fabulous lighting and composition !!

  • Thanks very much!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertabout 5 years ago

    Andrew this is just gorgeous!! what a beautiful model and beautiful portrait.

  • Thanks a lot Kim, so glad you like it :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Franco De Luca Calce
    Franco De Luca...about 5 years ago

    Well done Andrew fantastic professional looking first attempt!!
    Love the colour and the dark/light

  • Thanks so much Franco! That’s really encouraging!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroabout 5 years ago

    Andrew ,, you dark horse,,, you’re so diverse,,, WOW,,, this is fantastic,,, I’m instantly drawn to Leila’s face,,, very intense black eyes,,,with those eyes she commands attention,,, her emotion speaks through her eyes,,,,,I don’t think Vandetta is on her mind,, her body language is both assertive & submissive,,,, however Vandetta is a great title,,,excellent work with light & shade,,, the light draws out her femininity,, where the shade offers a slight masculine mood,,, an excellent portrait ,,,, I LOVE THIS,,,,

  • Thank you very much!! I was talking to Leila about this last night and you have basically described everything we said! It was all about the eyes for me as well. So happy you like this, we took over 200 photos that day, had to choose 1, was near impossible!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago

    lovely work.

  • Thanks so much mate!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroabout 5 years ago

    Congratulations Andrew,, glad to see this was featured,,, very well deserved,,, cheers

  • oh awesome! I had no idea!! Thanks Maria, you’re like my feature announcer! lol

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • SofaKingWeird
    SofaKingWeirdabout 5 years ago

    Great shot Andrew, very nice.

  • Thanks so much Troy!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroabout 5 years ago

    One might think STALKER ,,,,lol,, it’s all about timing,,,,,CU

  • Hahaha… (Runs and locks front door) :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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