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Dec 7, 2012, 1:52:23 AM
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La Vie en Rose by petits-bonheurs La Vie en Rose by petits-bonheurs
I love that song so much ;_; My favorite version: [link]

Anyway, this photo was taken for an assignment in English. I had to recreate the cover of Little Women, and I think it turned out nicely!

Model: Me

First I tried this with a tripod and it failed MISERABLY so I asked my lovely mother to sit on the floor and take pictures of my hands clutching the purse :"D I had to show her where the shutter button was :giggle: But eventually we got "the shot". I couldn't have done it without her, so...


I'm so happy with the turnout! What do you think?


Canon Rebel T3i/600D
Minor edits in PS


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Critique by MatthewPalfenier Dec 17, 2012, 11:07:15 AM
"La Vie en Rose" by :iconpetits-bonheurs:

This critique was written as part of the :iconfeedbackfrenzy: competition.

Starting off I would like to recognize that this photo was a collaborative effort between Lyric (model) and her Mother (the photographer). And that knowledge does two things: It creates a richer, more emotional experience for me as an observer, and it gives the photo more value. From an academic point of view this photo asks some interesting questions... What relationship does / can a photographer have to the camera? In what ways does this photo communicate the unseen relationship of the parent / child dynamic? Who is the artist of this work? The mother who took the picture, or the daughter who created the concept and appears in the photo? Etc... It also shows that Lyric has other skills like directing, which not all artists have. This piece is also multidimensional. Louis Armstrong's song of the same title accompanies the work, making it both a visual and auditory experience! Whoo-hoo!

I confess don't know anything about the novel (runs to the local wiki to find more information), but from looking up the many book, film, and score covers, I can say that this photo well represents the essence of what Little Women communicates. At least from face value... in the most literal sense...

I would not call this piece a period piece nor a timeless one... but it certainly has qualities of both. It is also a classic representation of femininity. The choice of visible props, color scheme, and floral patterning work very cohesively to create a tangible setting. In a funny way, I think of my Grandmother's generation specifically. Maybe it is because I am, ironically, sitting in my Grandmother's basement (as I am visiting for Christmas break)... She always had little trinkets laying about and floral drapes, furnishings, and wallpaper. Those images are attached to my schema, and I now see this piece in a very personable way. I have also been living in Mississippi for the last three years as I have been going to school... So, I also associate this photo with strong Southern ties. But all this to say that the photo is doing its job. Fulfilling the task it set out to complete.

I think this photo is great in the way it has been captured. Strong composition, a clean and crisp image, with lovely lighting, but it has a very limited view. I mean it serves your concept well and has impact, but the frame very specifically controls what the viewer can see. I would love to know what it would look like if you relinquished some of the control. Personally I would love to see more of the body, more of the textures, more of the world that this takes place in overall. A less literal interpretation could be interesting to explore too. You have a lot in this photo that is quite iconic, and it might serve you to (if you have another change to attempt this) abstract your narrative of the work. I think that would be an intelligent next step for you as an artist.

Fantastic job! This is a classy piece that succeeds in concept and execution but could be developed further. Blessings!

Matthew Palfenier
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Hello! I'm :iconlashellevalentine: and I would love to critique your photograph for you on behalf of the contest held by #FeedbackFrenzy.

I think this photo is gorgeous! I love how close you have cropped in on her hands and on the hand bag. I also think that the colors in this photograph are well balance and refreshing. You have captured the small details in this photo (like the beads dangling from the purse) very well. I think that if we could see just a little bit more it could help this photo, but that's just my opinion and I think that this photograph is amazing as is. You did a very nice job at conveying 'Little Women' and it would make a great cover for that book. Very nice piece you have here, keep up the good work :)
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
You've been featured: [link]
jonesblachowicz Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Photographer
This photo has a lovely softness to it, clearly fitting with the subject. One little nitpick has to do with the cropping, I feel like the hands need more space around the border, particularly on the left side.
petits-bonheurs Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the comment! :hug: Very nice of you, and I do wish that there was more space available :(
sudlin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
I love this very well done keep up the good work mam
petits-bonheurs Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much, I will! :)
naked-in-the-rain Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   Photographer
"La vie en rose" is a beautiful dedication to you mum (:

This is a classy example of vintage french couture. I like the texture and whole composition. The photo is well balanced. I like that you focused on details, and you wisely chose subtle colored gloves to emphasize the clutch purse and colours of your dress. Very nice photo :heart:

petits-bonheurs Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Aww thank you so much!!! This is such a lovely comment, I love it :heart: You're very nice, and thank you for the favorite! I feel so honored :squee:
lexxii Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely :iconflowersplz:
petits-bonheurs Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much! :")
lexxii Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome:) :iconlachoirplz:
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