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Facial expressions

Helping you to get the expression you want.


An expression can reveal an individual's state of mind.
An expression can reveal an individual's state of mind.

In portrait photography, capturing the right expression is generally a matter of matching the subject's character and personality with an appropriate expression. Sometimes the face needs to undergo only a subtle change. A raised eyebrow or slightly-upturned lips may make all the difference.

But not all "people photography" is portraiture. You may be photographing a model for an advertisement or an actor to promote a play. Or you may just be goofing around with a family member or friend, and want him or her to have a special fun expression. Those shots may require specific, even exaggerated expressions to show certain moods and to accurately convey clear messages.

Photographers who want their subject to adopt a certain facial expression may find it difficult to communicate just what that expression should look like.

Help is at hand, right here in our PhotographyTips.com Facial expressions galleries.


A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

The pictures in the following galleries provide the photographer with a rich variety of facial expressions, covering a broad range of emotions, reactions and behavior.

If the particular expression you seek is shown here, and odds are that it is, it may make it easier for your subject to copy the same expression by simply showing it to him or her.

Looking for a particular expression for your model? You will probably find it in our Facial expressions galleries.
Looking for a particular expression for your model? You will probably find it in our Facial expressions galleries.

Is this a joyous laugh or an expression of fear or grief? Many expressions are open to different interpretations.
Is this a joyous laugh or an expression of fear or grief? Many expressions are open to different interpretations.

FINDING THE EXPRESSION YOU WANT

To assist in your search for a specific expression, they are grouped by general category - joy and sorrow, for example.

As you review the galleries, consider that many expressions can be interchangeable. A certain facial expression may appear to display terror in one context and extreme joy in another. What one person thinks is an angry expression may seem to you to show fear instead.

Expression alone can't be relied upon to accurately interpret an individual's state of mind, since it may not tell the full story. You may need to know the context, too - the circumstances that evoked the expression.

What this means to you in searching a particular gallery for a specific expression is that the expression you want may actually appear in another gallery. You are encouraged to search all galleries and apply your own interpretation to the expressions they contain.


LEFT SIDE/RIGHT SIDE

In considering facial expression for your subject, you may wish to bear in mind that researchers believe they have discovered an interesting psychological effect related to which side of the face is photographed. They claim there is evidence that photographs of the left side are more emotionally expressive than the right. They say the left side of the face is perceived as being softer, warmer and more emotional. Many subjects unconsciously like to pose to show their left side. The right side of the face is said to be unemotional and more authoritative. Some photographers may tend to pose their subjects to show the left side of the face when they wish their subject to be more friendly-looking, and to show the right side when they wish to convey a look of authority or austerity.

GALLERIES ORGANIZATION

The PhotographyTips.com Facial expressions galleries are organized into the following general groups:

FEMALE MODEL
Facial expressions # 1: Happy, satisfied expressions;
Facial expressions # 2: Happy, joyful expressions;
Facial expressions # 3: Fear, worry and concern;
Facial expressions # 4: Attraction, jealousy, envy, displeasure;
Facial expressions # 5: Sadness, sorrow and grief;
Facial expressions # 6: Anger and rage;
Facial expressions # 7: Surprise;
Facial expressions # 8: Tired, sick and zany;
Facial expressions # 9: Mixed - mainly light-hearted;
Facial expressions #10: Mixed - not so light-hearted.

MALE MODEL
Facial expressions #11: Happiness to uncontrolled laughter.
Facial expressions #12: Annoyance growing to anger.


Ashley Crosby is the talented female model who provided us with a wide variety of facial expressions in our galleries.
Ashley Crosby is the talented female model who provided us with a wide variety of facial expressions in our galleries.

Chris Mewhort is the expressive male model who provided so many different facial expressions.
Chris Mewhort is the expressive male model who provided so many different facial expressions.
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