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Stormee

Posts: 2463

San Antonio, Texas, US

Oct 08 12 01:08 pm Link

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okbyme

Posts: 325

Atlanta, Georgia, US

never enough

Oct 08 12 01:11 pm Link

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Anna Adrielle

Posts: 18763

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

17

Oct 08 12 01:19 pm Link

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Axioma

Posts: 6793

Gent, East Flanders, Belgium

6,75

Oct 08 12 01:20 pm Link

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IDiivil

Posts: 4122

Los Angeles, California, US

A portfolio should show what you can do and what you are willing to do. Showing your versatility in facial expressions is important smile

Oct 08 12 01:20 pm Link

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Digital Hands

Posts: 928

Milton, Ontario, Canada

I looked at the model's port and see if she has variety of facial expressions. Otherwise, then I'll do something creative and help the model to get into the specific mood.

Some can do it and some look fake.

5-6 different facial expressions are good for me.

Oct 08 12 01:23 pm Link

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Miss AY

Posts: 8166

Boston, Massachusetts, US

IDiivil wrote:
A portfolio should show what you can do and what you are willing to do. Showing your versatility in facial expressions is important smile

I agree with this. Being versatile in facial expressions is a good thing, if you can pull it off definitely show it off.

Oct 08 12 05:08 pm Link

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Hill Country Vision

Posts: 91

Brownwood, Texas, US

Kelly Anne-Marie wrote:
Facial expressions, How many should be in your port, or is there never enough that people can have in their port (IYO) ?

At least 1 more than those that are known.

EDIT:  My answer might be more than the OP can comprehend, but I'll just leave it as is.

Oct 11 12 07:59 pm Link

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Ken D Photography

Posts: 676

Marietta, Ohio, US

Kelly Anne-Marie wrote:
port, or is there never enough that people can have in their port (IYO) ?

Never enough!!!

Oct 12 12 03:18 am Link

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Rob Photosby

Posts: 2979

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

More than one

Oct 12 12 05:24 am Link

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RKD Photographic

Posts: 3265

Iserlohn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

natural beauties of qld wrote:
More than one

Beat me to it...

Nothing worse than a model's port shot by numerous photographers where the model has the exact same expression in every single shot... it just indicates to me a total lack of ability and imagination.

Oct 12 12 06:15 am Link

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salvatori.

Posts: 3836

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, US

Kelly Anne-Marie wrote:
port, or is there never enough that people can have in their port (IYO) ?

An incredibly silly question. You might want to define things a little further.

I would assume that a model trying to get commercial work should have as many expressions as she/he is capable of that show her/him in a flattering way that would get them work.

An art model might not need more than one or two, depending on the type of modeling they do, whether it's paid, just for self expression, and so forth.

A hobbyist or someone who uses a modeling profile just for fun or for self esteem and attention can do whatever they please, as it really makes no difference to anyone but the model.

I am going on the assumption that common sense would have given you the answer to this question long before you made a thread about it and that you did this all for fun and to give everyone a way to entertain themselves.

And IMHO, this thread should be in Off Topic; it's really that innocuous.

Oct 12 12 06:33 am Link

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1001001

Posts: 31

ADAK, Alaska, US

Never enough. Obviously it depends on the type of modeling, but say for fashion, in my view 90% of the shot is in the face because that's the first thing you typically see. The face sets the mood. Everything else in the shot could be spot on, but if the face is lacking the shot falls apart.

Oct 15 12 01:00 pm Link

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Stormee

Posts: 2463

San Antonio, Texas, US

Oct 18 12 09:41 pm Link

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Garry k

Posts: 27208

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I generally tell models who shoot with me to give me their superbitch look ..most crack up when they hear this but some don't

i like the latter

smile

Oct 18 12 09:46 pm Link

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Dannielle Levan

Posts: 12857

New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada

I think the quality of expression counts more than the number.

Oct 18 12 10:27 pm Link

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Dan OMell

Posts: 1335

Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia

mutually exclusive expressions in the same frame could be more interesting, with the very subtle transitional phases between them. not the norm, though... hundreds of face muscles, head turns, positions of eyes, brows, moves and angles of the corners of her mouth, line of her neck in varieties of numerous of combinations... plus, it's shaded or emphasized by hundred types of light setups. matching or contradiction tones...

sometimes seemingly ugly, crying, with leaking mascara, face could be strangely really beautiful. emotions are so important. probably there are no emotionless faces. it's very difficult to relax all face muscles. almost impossible. impassive countenance is an expression too. dead people have different type of it, and it strangely changes too. because of you already, not them. dynamics. only too exaggeratevely false emotions are rather irritating. like in the old silent movies. or very bad actors. or crappy photogs, like me, for example. never was too good with expressions. or body languages. still trying.

Oct 18 12 11:49 pm Link

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Brightonn

Posts: 234

New Orleans, Louisiana, US

I don't know if I can add to that last poet - direct yet beautiful like T. S. Elliot poetry.  Despite modeling high fashion for a couple years now, facial expressions are one of my weak points and something I consciously try to broaden in every shoot.

Oct 19 12 07:26 am Link

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B R U N E S C I

Posts: 25319

Bath, England, United Kingdom

More than one is essential. More than 3 or 4 is a bonus.

What I look for more than specific facial expressions though is an ability to emote and connect with the camera, and that can happen on many levels, even just through the angle of an arm or a neck.

For instance, a model whose images always seem to catch my eye on Tumblr is Brooke Lynne - and yet, many of her shots are anonymous nudes. However, there's something about the way she uses her body that is distinctive and appealing to me regardless of her facial expressions.




Just my $0.02

Ciao
Stefano
www.stefanobrunesci.com

Oct 19 12 07:33 am Link

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annie lomowitz

Posts: 257

WOODY CREEK, Colorado, US

Manhattan answer == even number.

4 for model; 6 for actress

Oct 19 12 09:46 am Link

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Jojo West

Posts: 972

Silver Spring, Maryland, US

annie lomowitz wrote:
Manhattan answer == even number.

4 for model; 6 for actress

That was specific. smile

I found this which I thought was random and kind of helpful smile

http://www.modelsdirect.com/help-advice … ions-poses

Nov 08 12 06:46 am Link

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Michael Bots

Posts: 5968

Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Watch the facial expressions in this

50 Shades of Hope Dworaczyk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjLW3uv7fg0

Nov 08 12 10:34 pm Link

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HillarE

Posts: 51

New York, New York, US

42

It's always the answer. smile

Nov 08 12 10:44 pm Link

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megan rose

Posts: 23

Montgomery, Alabama, US

versatility is always best. smile

Nov 09 12 10:47 am Link

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Harpy_image

Posts: 1330

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

This orders on 'pagent mom' here but my daughter does a good job with facial expressions, I just wish more models were as uninhibited faically as your average 8 year old.
http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/c0.0.403.403/p403x403/318818_10151106576858333_823140094_n.jpg
http://sphotos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/c0.0.403.403/p403x403/409045_10151106577183333_1314537824_n.jpg
http://imgmm1.starnow.com/21/786221_2339006.jpg
http://imgmm0.starnow.com/21/786221_3403935.jpg
http://imgmm1.starnow.com/21/786221_3770121.jpg
http://imgmm0.starnow.com/21/786221_1464750.jpg
http://imgmm1.starnow.com/21/786221_3430591.jpg

Nov 09 12 11:04 am Link

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Bunny 007

Posts: 274

Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

salvatori. wrote:
And IMHO, this thread should be in Off Topic

You should have a special expression for people who say this.

Nov 09 12 11:32 am Link

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DennisRoliffPhotography

Posts: 1928

Akron, Ohio, US

Watch the master....and learn.....

http://www.eddiecurran.com/book_excerpts/images/maxwell_smart__confused.gif

Nov 09 12 02:01 pm Link

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Jojo West

Posts: 972

Silver Spring, Maryland, US

HillarE wrote:
42

It's always the answer. smile

Ha! I love that this was your answer!!! It is!

Nov 09 12 02:21 pm Link