The Photography Institute - Assignment 11

To all my regular WordPress followers...please excuse this post. It's a little left of centre and intended for my photography tutor to assess. For the last 9 months I have been undertaking an online photography course with 'The Photography Institute'. Its been hard work for many assignments, with a steep learning curve, but steep is good! I have a huge interest in improving my photography as it is so vital to my paintings. One day, photography may take over in passion from my art...time will tell. I totally, 100% love capturing light and life in then paint them? Wow, so blessed. I'm on my last assignment...clap, clap, woohoo, and I have been given the choice of uploading straight to the institute or to my webpage to be it is! Assignment 11 - 6 portfolio quality images (listed in order of strongest with comment) in one area of chosen photography field. (Only 6!! Oh, so hard! Chosen field....yikes, even harder!) I have chosen Children's and Youth Natural Light Photography. 1.
"I have looked into your eyes with my eyes.  I have put my heart near your heart."  (Pope John XXIII) "I have looked into your eyes with my eyes. I have put my heart near your heart." (Pope John XXIII)
Image one - Capturing the eyes of a child. Black and white imagery allows for depth and beauty to shine through the photo without the distraction of colour. 2.
copyright 2013 Mia laing "Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." (Albert Camus)
Image Two - Capturing siblings, family or friends in a natural setting. When play is imminent, photos appear unstaged and relaxed. (These two cherubs are friends. This session was organised for a 50th birthday present for their shared Godfather. Great gift!) 3.
copyright 2013 Mia Laing "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." (Roger Caras)
Image Three - Children/ families and their pets. Pets, especially dogs are often a cherished part of family life. To capture the love of children and their pets is a beautiful gift to any family. This beautiful fur child is aging rapidly, so this photo will be cherished in years to come. 4.
copyright 2012 Mia laing "It is a happy talent to know how to play." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Image Four - Capturing children doing what kids do best - playing. By keenly observing light and composition, photographing a beautiful natural portrait can be achieved. 'Life Portraits' are often excellent photos to further develop into an oil painting. (I have painted and sold this exact image. See my Life portraits gallery for the final painting.) 5.
copyright 2013 Mia Laing "My siblings are my best friends". (America Ferrera)
Image Five - Capturing the whimsical. Allowing children to have fun during a photo session, by using props such as fun chairs, rugs, umbrellas and dress ups. Contemporary, natural light photos with a fun feel. 6.
copyright 2013 Mia laing "Keep true to the dreams of your youth." (Friedrich Schiller)
Image 6 - Youth and teen portraits. Capturing tweenies and teens at the cusp of reaching adulthood. Youth photography is such a precious area as it is often a time when teenagers feel so unsure of themselves. Capturing a beautiful image would be a gift to any family. Hope you enjoy these images! I sure did enjoy taking them. Mia x

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