Posts tagged ‘expressions’

April 16, 2010

365 Portrait Project

I’ve started a new blog for the 365 Portrait Project.

The premise of the project is to take a different portrait every day.  As I understand it, creativity, method, mood, etc. are all up to the individual.  It’s going to be a fun, interesting ride!

Here’s my blog dedicated to the project:

March 1, 2010

Photoshoot: Supermutt

Trixie Dog and I shot this weekend, though not in the normal sense where we were both in front of the camera.  In fact, this time, she was modeling solo and I was behind the lens!  We were at Husband’s shop, the 3 of us, and he’d set up his “photo studio” to take some product shots.  I had him leave it up and borrowed the camera for a bit, bribed Dog with treats, and snapped like a maniac until I was too cold to shoot more.  It was fun!

Now, I can’t tell you any camera settings on any of these shots, haha, largely because I kept changing them while tooling around and because I wasn’t paying attention.  I can tell you, however, that the “photo studio” consists of 2 thin pieces of white formica-like material–one on the floor, one leaning against the wall–and 2 “softboxes”, created by mounting thin white fabric on large wooden frames (approximately 36″ square, give or take), with one shoplight behind each one.  It’s ghetto, but it works for what Husband needs, and is easy to move out of the way when not in use (and the shoplights double as, well, shoplights).

So, here are some of my favorite shots from the quick shoot (all in all, it was prob about 15 minutes of shooting, 10 minutes of bribing, and 25 minutes of laughing and having a good time) 🙂  Worth noting, for the sake of Dog’s vanity, that she’s in major need of visiting the groomer for a haircut, LOL!

So those are the best ones, I think… but of course, I’ve got a couple outtakes 😉  I’ll segway into them with what’s a cute shot, but funny because of the little sneery expression she’s got on her face.   RAWR!

Somehow, I managed to get 4 shots of her with her tongue sticking out, and one of her licking her face (remember… there was significant “don’t go sniff over there stay here” bribery going on).

And then there’s the “ok fine, I won’t sniff over there, I’ll sniff inyourface!” shot… or, if you prefer, the “check out my crazy toefur” shot 😉

And the escape (which also kinda shows a tiny bit of the setup)!

Hope you enjoyed… Trixie’s full of character, and is an absolutely delightful dog! We love her to pieces 🙂 In case you’re wondering, she’s a shelter mutt, and will be 5 in December.  We adopted her in July 2006, and I’d found her on 🙂

August 21, 2009

Today’s Public Service Annoucement

Models, if you’re struggling with posing and expressions, and can’t get through a shoot without “freezing up” because you’re so nervous, then chances are you shouldn’t be asking to get paid.  It might also be wise to

Typically*, photographers pay models that have something to offer them (when they’re hiring models for things like private projects and portfolio building–when it’s a client that pays, this may be a different story).  Chances are, if they hire a model who’s nervous and constantly gets stuck posing/emoting, and ultimately has one look and a handful of stiff poses, they’re going to feel a bit short-changed at the end of the day.

Just some food for thought.

*Note: I did say typically.  Some photographers do hire based on things like looks and measurements before they hire based on experience.  But many feel that a model needs to have something worth paying for in order to be, well, paid.

October 20, 2008


Emoting on a shoot, especially if you’re a new model, can be tough. Often times, a model can end up with a portfolio full of “deer in headlights” shots. Not good. But, with a little work, a model can improve her expressions and produce images that a dramatically different. Acting classes may also help. But, for those DIYers out there, here are some tips for improving your expressions.

To work on your expressions, use a mirror and work on conveying emotions (search the internet for a list if you think that will help you). Try to remember what you did, and what you thought of, to move your face a certain way (much like how you make mental notes of how you got into a pose, when practicing poses in the mirror). You can also find images you like and work to duplicate the expressions in those shots. Again, practice in the mirror, and do so often.

You can also ask a photographer to help guide you towards emotions. For some people, a simple “you’re angry” works. For others, a story works… like “you’ve just walked in on you best friend making out with your boyfriend, and she’s wearing a shirt she borrowed from you!” And don’t be afraid to talk and act natural during a shoot. Sometimes, the candids that result can be the best shots!

One site that’s worth a look at (even if it’s just for a laugh) is

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