“Always by Your Side” by Kimberly J. Smith, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP, features twin clients and was captured for a personal project on sisterhood, which Smith put together to honor her own sister, who died from colon cancer. “This project meant a lot to me,” she says, as the images show “the love, the connection, the laughter, the good times and the hard times shared in the relationship only a sister can understand.” CK Fine Portraits is based in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and specializes in child, senior, and fine art photography.
CAMERA & LENS: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Sigma 100mm F1.4 EX
EXPOSURE: 1/200 second at f/4, ISO 400
LIGHTING: Smith used natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows facing north, with two 40x72-inch silver Aurora reflectors on the opposite side.
POST-CAPTURE: She desaturated the color by 20 to 30 percent and used the Photoshop mixer brush tool for painting. The image was printed on fine art paper, and Prismacolor colored pencils were used in some of the details.