State College, 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.
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.
Charlotte, North Carolina, US
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.
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.
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.