Portrait I shot of my late mother, 1995

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© Andrea Petersen
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I did a portrait series of my late mother one evening in our upstairs bedroom, in 1995 ... we were crowded for space but I set up a background anyway that I tacked on the wall and used a few floodlights that were very hot to work with plus bright:)..I used Kodak Vericolor 160 film which was reported to be good for portraiture. I was taking a basic photography course at the time just to learn techniques of shooting better pictures for a hobby and it had assignments with units that were critiqued by a teacher student advisor which required sending our work to him by snail mail. I remember not using this picture to be critiqued but another one instead. Since then I prefer this portrait as my favorite because of the vivid colors she wore and the pose... Mother agreed to be my model for the assignment while my late parents were visiting us for a couple of days during that time.. Mom rarely wore makeup in reality and if she did, it was just a touch of lipstick. I wanted to glamorize her for the portraits so I applied makeup on her and styled her hair.. In years past mother loved to dress up in bright colors at Easter time when she played the organ at church.... and for me this portrait signified an Easter moment for my beautiful mother who was 86 years old when I did the photo sessions of her. I feel blessed that I have these happy memories preserved of the past when I had the opportunity to do so. I loved my mother and admired her for the lady that she was. When life is over it is the good memories that count most to be remembered.

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Thank you so much Lynn Harvey for the nomination on 3/24/2018! Greatly appreciated!!

11 responses

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (16 Mar 2018):

    Beautiful portrait here! Well done. Got my vote.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (16 Mar 2018):

    Such a beautiful portrait of your Mother, Andrea! Photos like this really help to keep the memories alive. So perfect for the Easter Moments theme!! Voted!

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (16 Mar 2018):

    Beautifully done (voted)

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (17 Mar 2018):

    a wonderful image! voted!

  • Anuchit Sundarakiti

    Anuchit Sundarakiti gave props (17 Mar 2018):

    great work!

  • Andrew Dutton

    Andrew Dutton   gave props (17 Mar 2018):

    Wonderful Portrait of a Beautiful Lady!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (17 Mar 2018):

    Thank you all for your kind words...My mother would have been so pleased to read your
    compliments...I really think she had fun, dressing up for these portraits and love the little
    whimsical smile on her face ...I didn't tell her how to pose...She was just a natural...I appreciate that she showed one of her hands which were accomplished with her music, and with her art! .

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (21 Mar 2018):

    VOTED!!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (24 Mar 2018):

    So beautiful...voted.

  • Gail Haberman

    Gail Haberman   gave props (27 Mar 2018):

    Fascinating narrative to accompany this lovely portrait. A beautiful moment to capture. My vote!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (2 Apr 2018):

    Lovely thoughtful moment! Voted.

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