Sweetness and Light

© Michele J. Brabender

Sweetness and Light

Janine Russell level-deluxe 8/31/2007 11:04:47 PM

Michele, what a sweet portrait; great clarity, lighting and effects. #727586

maria Warren 8/31/2007 11:27:21 PM

beautiful love the effects nice job #4730363

Shannon Edmonds 8/31/2007 11:49:47 PM

Wow. She looks so creamy perfect. I have a similar light set up. I just got my bee and softbow a few months ago. I love seeing what others have done with thiers. This is just so polished perfect. You really can see through her eyes into her soul. #4730382

Autum Rhoades 9/21/2007 10:06:26 AM

So cute! Wonderful image, Michele! Congrats on your finalist! #4820837

Autum Rhoades 9/21/2007 10:11:51 AM

Beautifully done Michele! Congrats on this wonderful finalist. I loved reading your thoughts on this photo. Your model is beautiful and she looks so very sweet. #4820868

Toni Riggs 9/21/2007 11:08:37 AM

Beautiful image, congrats! #4821221

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe 9/21/2007 11:24:39 AM

So impressive, a gorgeous finalist!! Congratulations!!! #4821341

Erin Tyler 9/21/2007 11:30:26 AM

Beautiful! Congrats! #4821398

Teresa Norris 9/21/2007 12:13:56 PM

SO beautiful...just stunning. Congratulations on this wonderful finalist! #4821858

Terri Beloit 9/21/2007 12:34:33 PM

Excellent work, Michele! Love the subject and great work with the effects and colors! Congrats on being a finalist...it's well deserved! #4822034

Alison Greenwood level-deluxe 9/21/2007 1:46:48 PM

This is stunning! Congratulations on an incredible finalist!!! #4822704

Crossroad Photography 9/21/2007 4:52:39 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist! #4824006

Wendy Bristol 9/21/2007 7:32:09 PM

Beautiful finalist! #4824724

Dominick M. Dimacale level-deluxe 9/21/2007 11:17:38 PM

Congratulations Michelle on your Finalist...Dominick #4825549

Tayseera Al-Barram level-deluxe 9/21/2007 11:33:04 PM

Amazing beauty, well done!! A big congratulations on this amazing finalist!!! #4825595

Kay E. Mahoney level-deluxe 9/22/2007 5:53:47 PM

Congratulations Michelle on your adorable finalist. Good luck in the next round. #4829287

Amy Weiland level-deluxe 9/22/2007 9:06:58 PM

This is beautiful work! I love the combination of background images. Very professional effect. #4830264

Jennifer S level-deluxe 9/23/2007 5:43:28 AM

Just beautiful Michelle!! #4831435

Joan Kocak level-deluxe 9/23/2007 2:49:51 PM

truly stunning, congrats to you! #4833394

Judy V. Kennamer level-deluxe 9/23/2007 6:44:08 PM

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!! Congrats! #4834251

Judy V. Kennamer level-deluxe 9/23/2007 6:44:25 PM

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!! Congrats! #4834255

Susi Lawson 9/23/2007 7:35:16 PM

Sooooo adorable! Congrats! #4834474

Khotib Fitrian 9/24/2007 8:44:06 AM

Very sharp and clear Janine, congrat! #4837308

Michele J. Brabender 9/24/2007 12:26:02 PM

Thank you so much! :) #4838558

Teresa Norris 9/24/2007 12:27:25 PM

I think this is SO incredible...congratulations on a wonderful winner, Michele!! #4838568

Chastity Abbott 9/24/2007 12:37:52 PM

I love all the pink tones in this and the work you applied!!! Such a doll baby she is and those big catchlights are truly amazing!!!!! You did beautiful with this!!!!!!! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!! :) #4838636

Sharon King 9/24/2007 1:34:49 PM

This is Beautiful! Congratulations! #4838913

Mary K. Robison 9/24/2007 5:54:40 PM

Congratulations on your well-deserved win! #4840396

Kay E. Mahoney level-deluxe 9/24/2007 7:33:00 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful second place winner. #4841028

Colleen Farrell level-deluxe 9/24/2007 10:42:02 PM

This is the first--and only, so far--portrait I've ever added to my faves. Just sensational, everything about it. Thanks also for the info on how you made it. BIG congratulations on your very well-deserved win, Michele! #4841540

Jean E. Hildebrant 9/29/2007 8:23:50 AM

Beautifully composed and edited! How could you go wrong with that little face? Congrats!!! #4860715

Janine Russell level-deluxe 9/29/2007 1:01:52 PM

Michele, sweet portrait; excellent tones, clarity, lighting and effects; big congratulations on your Second Place Win! #4861678

Janine Russell level-deluxe 10/2/2007 7:24:31 AM

Love what you did with this and the picture is so precious. Great job! Congrats on your win! #4873142

Michele J. Brabender level-deluxe 10/2/2007 10:15:53 PM

Thank you all so much.

This is my daughter -- she is just two years old. Last night she had a stroke and we don't yet know what the outcome will be. If you're the praying kind, please pray for her. She's an amazing little person. #4876028

David Gilliland level-deluxe 10/4/2007 6:26:54 AM

I'll pray right now. Be strong and of good courage. God knows the outcome and loves her more than we could ever imagine. Trust. Have faith. And pray. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. You will stay in my prayers. #4881523

Michelle L. Frick 10/9/2007 8:13:35 PM

Oh Michelle - your family is definitely in my prayers. I was just coming to comment on this amazingly gorgeous image, and when I read your note, my heart sank. She's beautiful, and I hope she is on the road to recovery. Be well. #4905181

Tonya Shackelford 10/24/2007 6:36:59 AM

I just came across this also and wanted to say what a beautiful daughter you have and this image is breathtaking of her. I am so sorry to see your comment above, my heart also dropped and the tears started coming when I read it. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers and I hope to see some good news about your daughter. #4971520

Shelly A. Van Camp level-deluxe 11/23/2007 3:47:25 PM

Beautiful...you and her are in my prayers. Keep us posted. #5114663

Michele J. Brabender 1/31/2008 12:19:47 AM

Katelyn as recovered from her stroke with few deficits. If you met her, you'd probably never realize. We are so blessed and so grateful for all your prayers. Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart. #5421562

Michele J. Brabender 1/31/2008 12:20:12 AM

Katelyn as recovered from her stroke with few deficits. If you met her, you'd probably never realize. We are so blessed and so grateful for all your prayers. Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart. #5421564

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This is a redo of a photo I submitted earlier in the month. The original looked way too cool after I uploaded it, so I learned how to soft-proof in different OS color spaces so I could try to maintain the warmth I wanted. I also decided to add the blend (from Heather McBride) just to mix things up.

AB B400 w/Giant softbox, my silver/gold reflector and my beautiful little model. I used my 24-105mm f/4 IS USM at 105mm @ f/6.3 @ 1/125th.

I feel like I am looking directly into her soul when I look at this photo. It captures how she is an old soul and wise beyond her years.

Uploaded on 8/31/2007 10:57:06 PM

BetterPhoto.com All Time Best Photo Contest Finalist
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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