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In most of my headshots and portraits, I’ll ask the person to look straight into the camera lens. This encourages engagement of the viewer of the photograph. We can look at the picture and have a sense that the subject is looking back at us and connecting with us is some way.
But there many other approaches to the eyes. In a recent studio shoot with Sandra, an aspiring model, I asked her in this image to look up at the ceiling, directly over the camera. This opened up and showed off her beautiful eyes. Also, when a person looks up, there can be an unconscious message of hope, optimism, looking into the future – or all three. Especially with Sandra’s natural smile, there is a positive vibe about the photograph. And, as viewers, even though Sandra is not looking directly at the lens, we can relate to her and imagine what she’s thinking and feeling.
How do you react to this picture? I’d love to hear from you – either by email or a post to the blog.
Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.
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