Thursday, January 19, 2012

"Precious Moments"

Precious Moments

"Precious Moments"
©David A. Ziser

Here is one of my long time favorite images – another film shot made many years ago but still maintains that classic beauty and elegance.  This young lady has long since graduated college and I believe is married. Yep, I’ve been doing this quite a while.  But I’d be just as happy today if I made the same image with my Canon 5D Mark II.

The image was illuminated with only window light and filled on the shadow side with a large white reflector. The image was made in the client’s home so I was able to use the antique toys and furniture provided by the client.

I love how the image turned out. The arrangement and soft colors of the props along with the the gentle expression of this beautiful little girl combined to produce a portrait of lasting classic beauty. This image was a sample in my studio for many years – I still love it.

Camera specs; Hasselblad fitted with 150mm Sonar lens, F4.0 @ 1/30 second, Vericolor 400 film. Enjoy! -David


  1. I love the image! makes the child's feature so soft... almost angel like! I also love how you played with the light and shadows.

  2. i bet you did a B&W & sepia copy to see how vintage it could look lol .. i would've

  3. This image is disturbing to say the least... the white gives her a ghost like quality.. the strange halo of lighting on a grey cloud background pushes further this perception of a spirit caught lingering in some preserved corner of their room... and the way she matches with the doll...
    and yet it screams some strange combination of Owen Mills and Thomas Kinkade...
    Evidently whomever purchased this was happy... but my god I couldn't have hung this on my wall...