Sweetness and Light

© Michele J. Brabender

Sweetness and Light

Uploaded: August 31, 2007


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.


Janine Russell level-deluxe August 31, 2007

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

Maria Warren level-classic August 31, 2007

beautiful love the effects nice job #4730363

Shannon Edmonds August 31, 2007

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 September 21, 2007

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

September 21, 2007

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 September 21, 2007

Beautiful image, congrats! #4821221

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe September 21, 2007

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

Erin Tyler September 21, 2007

Beautiful! Congrats! #4821398

Teresa Norris September 21, 2007

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

Terri Beloit September 21, 2007

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 September 21, 2007

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

Crossroad Photography September 21, 2007

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist! #4824006

Wendy Bristol September 21, 2007

Beautiful finalist! #4824724

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict September 21, 2007

Congratulations Michelle on your Finalist...Dominick #4825549

Tayseera Al-Barram September 21, 2007

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

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic September 22, 2007

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

Amy Weiland September 22, 2007

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

Jennifer S September 23, 2007

Just beautiful Michelle!! #4831435

Joan Kocak September 23, 2007

truly stunning, congrats to you! #4833394

Judy V. Kennamer level-classic September 23, 2007

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!! Congrats! #4834251

Judy V. Kennamer level-classic September 23, 2007

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!! Congrats! #4834255

Susi Lawson September 23, 2007

Sooooo adorable! Congrats! #4834474

Khotib Fitrian September 24, 2007

Very sharp and clear Janine, congrat! #4837308

Michele J. Brabender September 24, 2007

Thank you so much! :) #4838558

Teresa Norris September 24, 2007

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

Chastity Abbott September 24, 2007

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 September 24, 2007

This is Beautiful! Congratulations! #4838913

Mary K. Robison September 24, 2007

Congratulations on your well-deserved win! #4840396

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic September 24, 2007

Congratulations on your beautiful second place winner. #4841028

Colleen Farrell September 24, 2007

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 September 29, 2007

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

Janine Russell level-deluxe September 29, 2007

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

October 02, 2007

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

Michele J. Brabender October 02, 2007

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

October 04, 2007

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 October 09, 2007

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 October 24, 2007

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-classic November 23, 2007

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

Michele J. Brabender January 31, 2008

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 January 31, 2008

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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