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asianbella
Posts: 24
Washington, District of Columbia, US


Facial Expressions can make or break a photo. 

Besides practicing in front of a mirror or doing a series of test shots for analyzing facial expression what is your best advice on this topic?


I found this link.  Great simple tips!
http://www.modelsdirect.com/help-advice … ions-poses
Feb 06 13 12:47 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Andrew Bigwood
Posts: 35
Guildford, England, United Kingdom


If I'm working with a model that asks for, or needs direction, I take a few tear sheets from mags that show good examples of facial expressions, as this always helps.
I also have a list of ideas I ask the model to visualise in order to bring out their expressive qualities.
I found that if I do these expressions first, we have a laugh which relaxes the vibe, then the model finds it easier to express herself more freely.
Feb 06 13 02:00 am  Link  Quote 
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Jojo West
Posts: 969
Silver Spring, Maryland, US


Ha! That was actually a pretty helpful link. I actually have an app on my phone that has images of different expressions a model can use. It's called Model Mania.
Feb 06 13 09:17 am  Link  Quote 
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Jake Garn
Posts: 3,958
Salt Lake City, Utah, US


I posted on just this thing once.

http://jakegarn.com/how-to-steal-an-expression/
Feb 06 13 02:39 pm  Link  Quote 
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Greeneyed Goddess
Posts: 203
Salt Lake City, Utah, US


Jake Garn wrote:
I posted on just this thing once.

http://jakegarn.com/how-to-steal-an-expression/

I absolutely loved this article and the way you work with a model! I would love to shoot with you some day because of that reason!!!

Feb 08 13 03:32 pm  Link  Quote 
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T A R I K
Posts: 1,232
BRONX, New York, US


Jul 25 13 09:03 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Nick record
Posts: 73
Stephenville, Texas, US


Hey thanks for all the links for advice. I'll use whatever I can being a guy. Didn't think about the clenching your jaw no bueno but I always try opening my eyes wide cause I know I have good eyes.
Jul 26 13 01:45 am  Link  Quote 
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JamesTawil
Posts: 142
Austin, Texas, US


So there's more than one expression? woops
Jul 26 13 01:50 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Looknsee Photography
Posts: 20,454
Portland, Oregon, US


asianbella wrote:
Facial Expressions can make or break a photo. 

Besides practicing in front of a mirror or doing a series of test shots for analyzing facial expression what is your best advice on this topic?


I found this link.  Great simple tips!
http://www.modelsdirect.com/help-advice … ions-poses

Of course, this is only my opinion, but step away from the mirror.

If you think expressions come from contorting the muscles in your face, you will always look plastic.  Lots of people think they can act, and only a few of them are right.

Instead, REACT -- tell jokes, get excited, dance to the music, move, keep your hands occupied & busy.  But don't slap an expression on your face -- that always look fake.

Jul 26 13 02:01 pm  Link  Quote 
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Fotografica Gregor
Posts: 3,973
Alexandria, Virginia, US


back in the day when I shot a lot of portraiture - especially legit and beauty headshots for actors - we used to use emotive headshot exercises to get a variety of looks for their books...    I wonder if anyone does that anymore - used to be fun after you got to know someone.... it's part of the method school approach...
Jul 26 13 02:22 pm  Link  Quote 
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Real_Tidy_Design
Posts: 15
Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom


Watched a tv show recently where tog got subject to shout the alphabet while 'angry' - lots of varitaion created. I'm planning to use this exercise. COuld also try differing emotions to act out.
Jul 26 13 03:02 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
roger alan
Posts: 115
Anderson, Indiana, US


asianbella wrote:
Facial Expressions can make or break a photo. 

Besides practicing in front of a mirror or doing a series of test shots for analyzing facial expression what is your best advice on this topic?


I found this link.  Great simple tips!
http://www.modelsdirect.com/help-advice … ions-poses

good link

Jul 27 13 02:16 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Avelyn Paru
Posts: 184
Berkeley, California, US


Jake Garn wrote:
I posted on just this thing once.

http://jakegarn.com/how-to-steal-an-expression/

This was awesome.  I'm assuming you've posted this in the photographers' forum...

Jul 27 13 02:23 pm  Link  Quote 
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Herman Surkis
Posts: 7,745
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


JamesTawil wrote:
So there's more than one expression? woops

Nice one.

Jul 28 13 04:22 am  Link  Quote 
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Herman Surkis
Posts: 7,745
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


Coco
Marie Duprie

Check them out.
Jul 28 13 04:24 am  Link  Quote 
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