For this portrait session I chose to use a very large light source in very close to the sitter.  The closest thing in nature would be an overcast day on the snow. I did this for the effect, which is in some way surreal. I think it is a kind of dreamy, heavenly look.

very soft light studio portrait

soft light

I did this one during the same session. To contrast the soft sweet pretty ethereal nature of the scene I added a (borrowed, fake) brutal weapon. With the protective/defensive pose it says “don’t mess with mamma bear or her cubs” Not so venerable any more.

 

very soft light portrait

Venerability is Overrated