3. FOCUS ON CAPTURING THE EXPRESSION
In fine art portraiture, you want to capture a mood or a feeling. My subjects generally don’t have big toothy smiles, because to me it feels superficial or disingenuous. In some cases, a small smile or “smirk” works. The goal is to create timeless pieces of art that have substance. Clients can be nervous in front of the camera, and sometimes it’s difficult to get the expression you’re looking for, but work with them, talk to them, help them feel comfortable. Sometimes the “in-between” moments are the winners—those moments when you’re able to catch them off guard. Sometimes my best images turn out to be the first ones taken during a light test!
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