As you say very expressive and full of life. Framing is good, direct eye contact makes for a strong image and the detail that is in there adds interest. Personally I would prefer a little more shadow to bring her nose out a little as it kind of fades in a little but that's nit picking at it's best. Good image as always Roger.
Yes, the floods have been hard on them and you have captured that mood here, though I wonder if it would work better if you'd shot the image in Portrait format, ie long ways up, so as to catch the truck ploughing through the water. My personal feeling is that that would have been a stronger shot and still kept all the faces in view.
Looks like an amazing place and that sea looks beautiful, I love the rock shapes against the bright colours of the sea. From a critique point of view, personally I would prefer just a touch more light in the central rock to bring out the details a little more. Maybe the detail could be dragged out a little in PS a little more as a separate layer?
I like the pose, I like the model, I like the lighting, I like the treatment ... BUT ... I really don't like the background, which to me looks a bit like those faded old bench seats in a pub! Otherwise this is a pretty striking and eye catching image.
Cute shot ... as you say the feelings between them are well illustrated.
Nicely done, pose and settings work well ... my only criticism would be that there are too many catchlights in his eyes.
Nice smooth long exposure image with some good pastel colours. I like the way the line of light follows the line in the water.
I like the softness of the lighting, and the way it gives definition to her body and facial planes, I think composition wise I may have given her just a touch more on the left to put both belly and face on to diagonal opposing thirds. A hair light turned down low, high up and facing away from the background could have added just a touch of detail there, maybe 1.5 to 2 stops less then the key light just to give a hint and some glints.
It's interesting that you say you have had problems with getting back grounds black, we find that using a big softbox turned right down and positioned very close to the model means that the model gets washed with a really soft light, but not enough to hit the background as it's turned down so low. Not sure if your light set up will allow for such a thing.
Striking and well laid out, I like the direct confident eye contact and the enigmatic look ... but... I'm not sure I like the brightness and flatness of the light on her face, making her facial features almost disappear. Turning the chair around a bit to get the light a little more from the side, giving her features a little shadow might have helped, as would have some sort of diffuser (net curtain?) to soften the light a little and maybe shooting half a stop lower. Just my personal views ...