With portrait photography I have no doubt that simplicity is best, in photography simplicity can take so many forms, the kind of simplicity that I mean is that special something that comes from knowing what to leave out of an image. Photographs work because they speak to us on an emotional level, any image can be technically perfect when aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, focus and selection of equipment are all considered but this kind of perfection does not touch the human heart. This image was taken on a Canon 7D with a 50 mm 1.4 lens. Two large white reflectors were used one to add fill light on the dark side of the face and the other one to try and shield some of the green colour that was bouncing up from the grass at the subjects feet. This lens has a very wide aperture and consequently an extremely narrow depth of field when used wide open in this way this has a consequence that different areas of the image in and out of focus. Once again the plane focus was carefully chosen not to be distracting and believe that you are feeling that the image was effortless.
Finally the making of a good portrait is in some kind of communication coming from subject to the ultimate viewer, this is where the photographer really has to apply art as opposed to science and is in this area that you find almost exclusively that talent will overtake experience in producing a special image.