The Beauty of The-Half-Face-Photo

I’m a fan of the half-face-photo.

At the beginning of this blog, I thought I wouldn’t show Z’s face, just profiley pictures. It’s pretty fun…mysterious. It does get pretty tricky as I have lots of great photos and close-ups of Z with full on face. I’m so tempted to put a bunch of closeups of Z online. But I think it’s artsy-ish to show the half faces, the silhouettes, backs of people, and challenges me as a photographer.

It’s easy for me to take good photos of Z. I’m her mother. I want to show that I can take good photos of other babies, toddlers, tots, kids, children, or the term my husband likes to use, crumb-crunchers. Z would be a crumb-off-the-floor-cruncher-then-taster. Sigh.

Anyways, back to the half-face-photo. It’s kind of like Wilson on the TV show Home Improvement, where he never showed his whole face.

Yes my blog turned out to be parenting-ish. But I don’t want my blog to be showing off the fact that I have a kid, and every photo of her has to be gorgeous and showcasey of Z’s beauty. As her mother, I will be naturally biased to thinking Z is nice looking :).

I want to show that I can take a good photo of Z, or of any kid for that matter. I may change my mind later, but for now I will be doing the profilely silhouettey photos of Z. As well as zooming into little details of Z, without showing exactly who she is. I love the ones below of her messing with a flower. I think the close-up of the itty-bitty-chubbyish-hands pulling the petals off the daisy is much more powerful than a face close up. I might not have gotten these images if I had been only focusing on Z’s face.

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(FYI She went through the flower pretty quickly, and then it became a forlorn looking stem lying askew on the deck.)

I absolutely love the photo below of Z. She loves to throw her head back and look at the sky above in wonder. In Urdu, sky is ‘Asmaan’ and she leans back and says ‘Aamaaan!’ I love taking photos of her when she does this as sky-reflecting-on-Z gives her face a nice glow. I love her eye in this photo.




  1. I love that you do this. I was immediately struck by it when I first started reading your blog, and I think it is a very challenging, unique, ambiguous way to show your abilities.

  2. Beautiful shot of your daughter’s hands with the pink daisy…very expressive. You are working very successfully within the constraint that you set for yourself and I support it 100%. It’s taken you to places that inspire others and that is always a sign you’ve made the right decision.

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