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Expression: The Other Part of Modeling
Old 08-16-2010, 05:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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On forums and elsewhere, I see lot of people talking about posing. That is, a model's ability to physically pose their bodies to the camera. Usually, the talk is in the form of critiques of images. Less discussion, however, seems to take place regarding expression. I'm not saying expression is overlooked, it's not, but it's certainly a less-talked-about topic.

Your model's expression can be one of the most powerful elements of your image! Whether it's glamour, fashion, lifestyle, commercial, boudoir, family, a business portrait, whatever, expression speaks volumes to viewers. Why? Because expression conveys attitude and emotion in big ways. If nothing else, we are emotional beings.

Sure, physical posing can do the same, body language and all that, but expression, more often than not, is the most often seen way attitude and emotion are expressed, whether it's with subtle expressions or an expression that hits viewers over the head. READ MORE?
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I have to totally agree with you on this one Jimmy. I'm sure both of us, more you than me, but both of us have worked with models that can pose their bodies a certain way, but when it comes to facial expression, it's just not there, and so the image fails in at least that regard. I don't know if I've delved too much into this, but I've found that models who have had a lot of life experiences tend to have great expressions. But like in a recent thread of Rolando's, where he goes over pre-visualization, if you don't know what you're after, nothing sitting in your mind's eye, then it's really hard to direct even the best model. One thing that I've always believed in is that I work with people, not just models.
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