A Definition of Beauty

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Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 85mm f1.8 lens

During a recent portrait photography workshop I was running in an outer suburb of Melbourne the group and I were treated with a very special gift: that of rare beauty.

While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, my definition of beauty is quite straightforward. To be beautiful you need two things: a positive attitude and good light.

We were fortunate indeed to have Lisa, a workshop participant and exchange student from Italy, model for us. Of course being blessed with clean, luminous skin is an added advantage.

I'm a huge Lord of the Rings fan and, having photographed a variety of people next to this statue over the years, I was keen for another run. Despite the fact that I was one of half a dozen photographers working with Lisa these images, made over a few short minutes, are amongst my best at this location.

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Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 85mm f1.8 lens

The location and light looked good and it seemed like a great opportunity to make some really good pictures of Lisa for her family and as a memory of her time in Australia. Hopefully she'll be able to look back at these images in years to come. It is, after all, a time in one's life when the future should look bright and positive.

I'm pleased with the results and am very happy I made the effort for all concerned.

One of the things I've learned through life, and this is as true in daily discourse as it is in travels to exotic locals, is that we often only have moments in which to interact with others. Each moment contains the opportunity to preserve the memory of that interaction and, in doing so, makes a positive, life-affirming statement that helps to change the world, one picture at a time.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru