Gesture: Expression comes in many forms. One good example of this is talking with one’s hands. Hands tell amazing stories, and when captured in a portrait, can tell us everything we need to know. Consider all the things people say using their hands and challenge yourself to use gestures like these to bring more feeling to your portraits.
Wardrobe:People express themselves everyday with their wardrobe choices. Whether it’s baggy jeans, polka dots or a tutu, let clothing help you paint the perfect portrait. Consider using your subject’s unique uniform as the main focus of your shot.
Accessories:Shoes, although farthest from the face of your subject, can often tell a story all by themselves. Including shoes (or other telling accessories) in your portraits not only will create visual interest, but often will communicate a more inspired narrative of your subject’s personality.
All Of The Above: Sometimes you won’t have to choose just one detail on which to focus. As you begin to hone your eye to the details, you’ll find your subjects bring them in spades! You can include a number of these elements in creating unique and compelling portraits that are rich with artistic expression—both yours and your subjects’!
Learn more about the Shutter Sisters on their community photo blog, www.shuttersisters.com, or in their book, Expressive Photography: A Shutter Sisters’ Guide to Shooting from the Heart.