Modern day portraits run the spectrum of settings and styles. But one of my first influences to portraiture was through the few and precious photos our family was able to bring out of Vietnam as refugees. I would spend countless hours looking over each of the photos of my family and my parents as a young couple. I love the little 2x3 inch images of them strolling through gardens and zoos. However one of favorites was this image of my mom, where less is more. The technique they use silouetted the features of her face. And they hand painted her lips and some of her lashes. It probably took them hours in the dark room to expose only her facial features while over exposing everything else. I even love the light blue wisps of her hair. Sometimes in modern photography we over do things. This just shows us how simple and refined portrait is timeless. What a classic, tasteful and lovely portrait.