The nineties

Eternity Photography started in the nineties, just wanted to look back at what we were doing then……

These were all taken on film (obviously) and are pretty much a straight scan from the print or negative.  Retouching was not something I did very often back then, it was all done in the camera or on the enlarger.  I like to look back and use some old techniques from time to time (if they suit the subject), and its great fun using some old forgotten esoteric knowledge.

What to put up on your wall

There are a few variables to consider when deciding what to put up on your walls with regards to your portrait photos.

A wall portrait is not just your photo on the wall it is an essential part of the room’s decor, and a focal point.

Firstly lets consider where you will be hanging your portraits.  Will it be a major feature in a living area or will it be in a hallway, alcove or a bedroom?

wall portraits

Perhaps you have limited wall space and would like smaller frames for on your desk or sideboard.

Relative size is important, a tiny frame looks ridiculous on a big bare wall, and a  frame so large that it encroaches a window is not great either. Choose a size that is balanced to the space.

Viewing distance is important. A smaller size like 12×16″ or even 8×12″ (plus frame) is good in a hallway, 12×16 will find a good home on a smaller wall on a bedroom or as part of a series.

Subject matter is important. Rarely do we want to see our own head larger than life in a portrait but there are exceptions. Also if there is a lot of space in the photo, like an environmental portrait, a larger size is desirable so detail can be seen from all normal viewing positions in the room.

To make a feature in a room, a very large portrait has great impact, also a series that goes well together framed the same looks great. Canvas prints are especially suited to this, or for an ultra modern look, an acrylic icemount.

To make things easier we categorize our frame selection into “black”  “modern wood” or “traditional wood” which makes selecting for your home decorating style easier.


Headshot Photo Session

Actors headshots are deceptively simple, they need to make an impact but still look “real”.  The last thing you want is to show up at an audition and get rejected because you look nothing like the idealized representation that is your overcooked headshot.  Similarly, you don’t want to look so ordinary that you don’t get noticed.  Here is a headshot session done last week for a young actress.  She was kind enough to let me film the session for training purposes, so the video shows a quick run-through of the planning setup and shoot with some of the pics at the end. (edit video removed)

Very soft and flat light photo session

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


Hard Light

As a portrait photographer, I usually seek out soft, but directional light.  The soft light is flattering to humans and the right direction of light shapes and forms the features of face and body.  But my favorite rule of photography is to break the rules of photography.  Sunny summer mornings is when I am looking for some open shade, which I did do in this session, but I could not resist that wall  with the shadows playing on it, so I took a few, and they were my favorites out of the session.