Jenna portrait - Why I love this photograph

Camera:  Canon 5DMKII
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Focal Length:  50mm
ISO: 1000
Exposure:  1/40
Exposure bias: -1 ev

I love this photograph for a number of reasons. The first reason was that it was my first ever session with a professional model. I was a little nervous but Jenna was very easy to work with and was very patient as I experimented with poses and the light, especially as this photograph was taken in a ramshackle shed covered in bird poo!

The light is the second main reason I love this photograph. I had a specific goal in mind of trying to take a portrait photograph of Jenna using Rembrandt lighting. I had her sit by a window and used the natural light to illuminate one side of her face and then used a reflector to bounce some light onto the other side of her face and soften the shadows on her cheek and under her neck. The image was overexposed so I had to apply a stop of exposure bias to get a balanced exposure.

In true Rembrandt lighting the shadow on Jenna's nose would meet the shadow on her cheek, so I probably should have gotten her to shuffle back from the window a touch, but I was still very happy with the resulting image. It made me believe that I could start out with an idea for a photograph in my mind and then go out and achieve it.

The final reason that I love this photograph is that it was taken on a Canon 5DMKII, and it was the first time I had used the camera properly since buying it a month or so before. I was blown away by the full frame sensor and resulting shallow depth of field and I think it rendered the colours very well.