What makes a portrait beautiful? Is it the subject, or the way she is posed? Or perhaps, it’s the composition, the clothing, the lighting, or the surroundings. Sometimes you don’t need the who, what, where, when, and how. Sometimes you don’t even need the color. In portraiture, it’s all about the face and more importantly, the eyes first, then the smile. If you have those two things, the rest falls into place.
“The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson