Haleigh, the subject of Peggy Abrams’ image “Reflections,” was in high school at the time of this session and sat for a number of Abrams’ portraits. “I was drawn to her during this transformative time in her life because of her dreamlike and pensive personality,” she says. This portrait was made in Abrams’ Cape May, New Jersey, home in an upstairs bathroom with a large window that overlooks the Delaware Bay. “I often photograph women looking into or away from mirrors,” she says. “In this image Haleigh’s reflection can be seen in the water above and below her. At the same time, the image captures Haleigh turning inward in her dreamlike state.” PLA Photography is based in Philadelphia and specializes in portraits and fine art photography.
CAMERA & LENS: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L lens
EXPOSURE: 1/100 second at f/3.5, ISO 500
LIGHTING: A large window light was camera right and a white reflector provided shadow fill to camera left.
POST-CAPTURE: She imported the image into Adobe Lightroom CC to adjust exposure and color balance. She then moved it to Photoshop, where she created water reflections with a ripple effect and used the Imagenomic Portraiture plugin for skin adjustments.