Church Lady by kerristephens

Church Lady

Any advice on self-portraits?
You don't need advice Kerri! This is perfect - wisps of hair and all!
March 23rd, 2014  
My advise is..keep it up! You do such a great job!!! Beautiful shot!
March 23rd, 2014  
Your eyes are amazing!!
March 23rd, 2014  
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No matter what you have a wonderfully photogenic face any great intense eyes...no advice needed....
March 23rd, 2014  
wonderful especially the eyes. GREAT job. (did you see how it looked in blk and white?)
March 23rd, 2014  
Gorgeous, Kerri. Man, I'd love eyes like yours, pretty lady. LOVE that hat, too. Wonderfully composed. Fav!
March 23rd, 2014  
You're doing just fine with them! Great shot.
March 23rd, 2014  
Love love love love. The hat + eyes = super awesome shot. Drop your focal point a little more and nail the focus on those wonderful eyes. Your focal point is just a little high. For this shot, it works well, but for a portrait, you have to nail the focus on the eyes. Hit the left one eye. If you have Lightroom, you may be able to pull that left eye in focus.

Love everything about this shot, but you asked for advice so there you go! In my portrait work with people, EVERYTHING can be knocked out of focus but the eyes. The eyes are the window to the soul and the heart of the shot. I'm experimenting with an 85mm at 1.8 or wider which means that the only thing in focus is the eye. But for me, that's all that's necessary.

I'm so glad I follow you. I love your work!
March 23rd, 2014  
Lovely selfie, Kerri.
March 23rd, 2014  
@thomastoth Great advice. that is sooo hard to get right with selfies, I find. Any suggestions how to focus on yourself best? I find I guess a lot, try to focus on someone where I will be or an object in that place.
March 23rd, 2014  
I can't see your Exif info, but you may want to stop down your aperture. Go from 5.6 to 6.3 or even 7.1 to get the "general area" in focus. If you really want the blur of a wide open aperture, you may be able to do it convincingly in post. Use LightRoom or OnOne and play. You could really pull off a tack sharp eye and gradient the blur off that focal point after the shot in post. :)
March 23rd, 2014  
Wonderful tones the hat, skin, background all setting the stage for the beautiful eyes. soft lighting, it all works together
March 23rd, 2014  
I like this one, it looks vintage
March 23rd, 2014  
lovely capture, Kerri
March 23rd, 2014  
@thomastoth I actually used a f/3.2 but it is so hard to get the correct focus on selfies. I really like f/1.8 for portraits. I just wish I had someone to model for me. I don't do really well with processing but I think that's going to have to be one of the next things that I learn in photography, when I can get lightroom anyways.

Thank you for your advice! I admire your portraits and am so glad that you were willing to take the time to give advice!
March 23rd, 2014  
Great hat. Nothing like a nice hat for a lady on Sunday
March 23rd, 2014  
You are doing a nice job with these Kerri
March 23rd, 2014  
@kerristephens You are welcome. Happy to help! :)
March 23rd, 2014  
Great shot - and great hat!
March 23rd, 2014  
I love the hat. This is a fabulous shot
March 23rd, 2014  
Looks lovely and nostalgic Kerri! Just lovely...striking hat!
March 23rd, 2014  
Neat hat. nice shot.
March 23rd, 2014  
Fabulous -- you're an inspiration to me, especially this week since I have to create a selfie. We'll see -- I can't do anything like what you've been doing.
March 23rd, 2014  
You look FAVulous,and ur hat is too die for-::)
March 23rd, 2014  
The eyes have it. Well done.
March 23rd, 2014  
Lovey portrait.
March 23rd, 2014  
Stunning shot! You have amazing eyes and are so photogenic, especially in the vintage style you use.
March 23rd, 2014  
Wow, you are just gorgeous! Advice? Man you look like you've been doing this for years! Absolutely stunning x
March 23rd, 2014  
Fabulous selfie, Kerri. Love the tones and your pretty hat.
March 23rd, 2014  
Super fab selfie, Kerri.....best ever and a fav! I love that hat and it matches your lipstick perfectly....great tones, too.
March 23rd, 2014  
beautiful! Love the hat
March 23rd, 2014  
this is a beautiful selfie!!! :) I like the title! It suits very well!
March 23rd, 2014  
Kerri, you are taking some amazing selfies. Great job. FAV.
March 23rd, 2014  
Beautiful and love the vintage feel. Great hat too :-)
March 23rd, 2014  
Beautiful portrait Kerri. Love the brown of the background with the brown hat and as always your beautiful eyes
March 23rd, 2014  
You have beautiful eyes xx
March 23rd, 2014  
Kerri, you do not need any advice--this is fabulous. Fav.
March 23rd, 2014  
Beautiful, great selfie.
March 23rd, 2014  
Lovely selfie, beautiful eyes and hat!
March 23rd, 2014  
Beautifully done Kerri, it has such a nostalgic feel. Fav.
March 23rd, 2014  
Beautiful portrait!
March 23rd, 2014  
this is really lovely - something is just so spot on with the pose, comp and lighting...
March 24th, 2014  
Very pretty!
March 24th, 2014  
This is great Kerri, love the pose, skin even with soft look.
But watch the strong lighting, back of the cheek is too light. fav.
March 24th, 2014  
Awesome photo...but if you just take out a little of the colour...it would be more subtle. (just my opinion)
March 24th, 2014  
Lovely shot
March 24th, 2014  
Beautiful portrait! Fav + follow!!
March 24th, 2014  
Gorgeous self portrait, wow! Fav and follow xxx
March 24th, 2014  
Stunning shot.....FAV.
March 24th, 2014  
Love the mood here, gorgeous shot
March 25th, 2014  
Beautiful! Love the tones and the hat. :)
March 25th, 2014  
When I see or hear the name, "Church Lady" I think of Dana Carvey and you don't look anything like her!
March 25th, 2014  
very beautiful ... Fav
March 30th, 2014  
nice colouring and eyes
March 30th, 2014  
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