I hope everyone is or has had a good weekend so far. I've been spending my time putting the final touches to some tip and tutorials videos for you all. I wanted to share with you this image from a commissioned shoot I did for a local beauty pageant and charity organisation. I got to spend the whole day taking pictures with two of the representatives from the pageant, Jade & Lilly. Two very lovely ladies, with great sense's of humour and tons of personality.
We made use of my hometown to our full advantage, and covered a few different styles throughout the course of the day. This was a shot I managed to get right at the end of the day as we were winding down. I always like to get a nice shot of peoples eyes when they least expect it. Eyes are very important and not just within photography terms either. Apart from the obvious stuff like seeing, We use our eyes to convey emotions and feelings, we use them to communicate with others, like winking at a hot girl at a bar, to let her know you are interested in her (not that that has ever worked for me!)
Within photography they can help tell a story, more then any prop or fancy location ever could. Having someone look directly down the lens of the camera is great for some images and can help draw a viewer in. Making them seem as if they were looking directly at the viewer as if they were there. But when the eye contact is away from the camera it leads the viewer to think ''what is the model looking at''. It leaves things to the imagination. It helps form more of a story in my opinion.
I spend a lot of my time on shoots teaching people how to use their eyes better, as the eyes are normally the things that people look at first on a portrait. I've heard many different sayings and terms from smizing (smiling with your eyes), Squinching ( not quite squinting, but sexy eyes) and many more. I don't care what you say or use, but the second you have someone using their eyes the better the images will be.