Look at this little cutie! Isn’t she sweet? This photo was, I think, part of a collection of vintage photos of children that I bought about a year or so back. Not all the photos were great – many were too out of focus, but that’s the price one has to pay for buying this way – but a few were wonderful and this was one of them.
I kept the background fairly muted as I didn’t want it to detract from the child subject. It’s not always particularly easy to get a good balance between background, props and the subject.
I often wonder what the book is in these photos – so many studio photos use them. Unlike most, this looks like a photo album that’s been made up specially. As well as a prop, it probably fulfils another function: that of keeping the child busy til it’s time for the shutter to click. Doesn’t she look like she was surprised by an unexpected call to ‘look over here’?