Why I Love Close Ups

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I really do love close ups. There are a lot of reasons why. When I am shooting client photos, I do a few full-body shots, but my main focus is on the face. I tend to do bust shots rather than straight headshots, but they are still closeups of my subject.

Wanna know why? Jump past the cut, and I’ll tell you!

I mainly do client photos for profiles. When I look at someone’s profile, I want to see their face. I have made it no secret that I am not a fan of busy profile shots – I don’t like the ones with a full-length shot of the avatar superimposed over a fancy background. Yeah, technically I can do those; but if a client wants that kind of profile picture I am going to suggest they go to someone else. That is not my style and I don’t think I can give the client my best work by doing that type of photo. If they come to Pics by Peep, I will concentrate on them, making sure that they are the focus of the picture.

I also love to play with shadows. Yeah, shadows work with full body shots, but I think they give the face more character and mood. They give life to a bunch of pixels on a screen. And this is best seen in a close up.

Perhaps the saying, “The eyes are the window to the soul” is a cliche, but I have always said that a cliche is a cliche because it is true. Most people are drawn to the eyes – even with cartoon characters. The position, lighting and even the pose can help convey a story through the eyes in a portrait. One of my favourite type of photos is one of just the eyes; I used to have that kind of picture as the banner on my Flickr page (recently changed, just because I don’t think I did it well enough). But I will always give a second look to that particular type of shot.

Oh, who am I kidding? The reason I prefer close ups is because I am lazy. I don’t have to worry about finding the perfectly-matching shoes or even shave my legs for a close up 😉

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Yep, that’s how I actually looked when I took the lead photo. There you have it; a secret view into the life of a lazy photographer!

Pretty stuff I’m wearing:

Dress: Rebel Hope Sally Mesh Dress by Rebel Hope (available at FaMESHed)
Necklace: Cae :: Promise :: Necklace by Caelan Hancroft
Earrings: Cae :: Promise :: Ring by Caelan Hancroft
Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Lisa Mesh Hair – Cinnamon by MissAllSunday Lemon (available at FaMESHed)
Pants: *Fishy Strawberry* Tapered Cargo Pants S – Camo Brown by Fae Eriksen (available at FaMESHed)
Boots: *ionic* my winter boots – (camouflage) by Iakua Arriaga
Nail Polish: Izzie’s – Slink Avatar Enhancement – FINGERNAILS (metallic) by Izzie Button
Skin: [PXL] Creations – [PXL] JADE SK Bare Lips MEB C2 by Hart Larsson
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Splayed (Left) and Elegant (Right) by Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Flat by Siddean Munro
Hand & Feet appliers:[PXL] Creations – [ PXL ] Slink Hand & Feet Appliers SK by Hart Larsson
Eyes: Amacci Gaze Eyes – Ocean Blue by Carina Larsen
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

1st picture: Eternal Dream Poses – *ED* Generation Girl 03 by Fata Boa
2nd picture: Vista Animations Sensual Woman AO by Vista Barnes

7 thoughts on “Why I Love Close Ups

  1. caoimhelionheart February 5, 2014 / 8:54 am

    ah hell Peep. Geesh! At least I am always just barefoot. 😉

      • caoimhelionheart February 5, 2014 / 9:01 am

        but they should be OUTSIDE of the pants! 😉

      • caoimhelionheart February 5, 2014 / 9:03 am

        I sware Peep, yer gonna have to come back into the fold and move back to “Cao’s Reformatory School for Wayward Stylista’s and Peeps in general” if you don’t start acting right 😉

      • PeepSideshow Darkward February 5, 2014 / 9:06 am

        *sighs and checks my schedule* What time does Remedial Deportment 101 start? 😉

  2. Bumblebee February 5, 2014 / 7:44 pm

    Lmbo! Therein lies our dirteh Lil secret..very cute look today

    • PeepSideshow Darkward February 5, 2014 / 7:57 pm

      Oops! Wasn’t I supposed to tell? *sighs* Does this mean I’m going to get kicked out of the SL Blogging Society? 😦

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