Nothing can affect the mood of the photograph as can the face ! The expressions ! Even if the model is not really beautiful, it does not really matter as long as she is expressive enough to hold the attention of the viewer.
That's the difference between experienced and new models. Experienced Models know that how subtle changes in the expressions can change the overall look of the photograph besides changing it's entire meaning especially when you are shooting for a commercial advertisement. The expressions need to natural and spontaneous.
When you are a new model and shooting for your portfolio, it becomes even more important to express through your face besides ofcourse a good body language. Same expressions all through out make it very boring and give a clear signal of your inability to emote well. Be versatile. that's what the casting and Art Directors from film productions and Advertising agencies are looking for before they call you for an Audition or an interview.
It also depends a lot on the Photographer who is shooting you. While you are spontaneous, the Photographer needs to be quick and spontaneous as well so as to catch your candid expressions.
If the model or any of your subject is not comfortable in front of the camera it always shows and it's the responsibility of a good photographer to ensure that his/her models are at ease in front of the camera. Most of us are not used to cameras and lights. You need to explain to them and make them relaxed.
Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. But eyes of the Beauty direct the beholder where all to look. Most expressions are conveyed through the eyes and the eye contact makes a lot of difference. It holds the attention if the eyes are expressive and captivating. On the other hand the model's line of sight can lead you to other areas in the photograph.
As you browse through photographs, you will notice the sparkle in the eyes and it's the expressions of the model which is making or breaking the photograph.
Facing a video camera can be quite challenging as you need to continue to emote as long as the camera is rolling. For Photographs, you may build up your emotions or change with every click. With Film, you need to build up under the direction of your director and move from one frame to another.
As the model got ready, I took the opportunity to shoot her right next to the makeup lights before she stepped in front of the studio lights.
Direct eye contact is important as it holds the attention of the viewer as long as the eyes are expressive. If the model is giving a blank look, it ofcourse is not going to appeal.
The Expressions of the model are going well with what she is doing
Munish Khanna is an Advertising and Fashion Photographer who has specially created one of the best online photography courses with a vast experience of teaching photography at his photography academy in Delhi. He has been running his Photography course in Delhi since 1993. Munish also specializes in helping young (or any age ) aspiring models to build up a career in the world of modelling and Acting. Do check out more details about the Modelling portfolios which he offers in Delhi.