Wednesday, April 13, 2016

PICTURE PERFECT: The Sourface Portraits

THE SOURFACE PORTRAITS: Recently I was commissioned by some lovely ladies to take some pictures of them. Both, beautiful women; one is in her twenties, the other has just stepped into her sixth decade. It was so much fun to shoot both of them, and they seemed happy with the pictures I gave them, I found it interesting that MY FAVORITE pictures of them were ones they didn't care much for.

The best portraits in my opinion, were the "outtakes." The photos snapped in between the next set-up. Pictures of them hamming it up, grimacing, laughing. I found it so refreshing to see the faces of these vivacious women in action- being engaged with feeling.

No deadpan gaze of beauty. No sign of the signature blank look that usually frosts a traditional portrait of a woman being beautiful.  We all know that "flattering" photos showcase symmetry and the allure of the sitter, A poised smile, a motionless cheek. But how refreshing to my eyes were these snaps that snagged the jags of character. The smirks, the sourface, the explosions of laughter.

Frankly, neither women were very pleased with my "sourface portraits," but I for one, just relish them.

How important is it to capture the arc of character in a woman,  and can our ideals of beauty shine through those scrunched up eyes and pinched back smiles? What do you think?


diaryofapennypincher said...

I agree with you, who wants to look like a frozen doll? They are great photos!

Melanie said...

I love these shots, Bella! As a subject, I could see how it would be harder to accept these spontaneous snaps when we are conditioned to like the more traditionally "beautiful" static ones. Photos that others like may be ones that make us cringe and think, Gaaa, is that how they really see me?

Anyway, these photos say a lot about the vibrance of these women. They are gorgeous. I hope you get more photography work.

Becky said...

I love the candid sourface shots!!! Some of my fav pics of my children are where they're making faces or attacking out their tongue or something!!!

Lyosha Varezhkina said...

so lovely portraits! Despite the expression I smiled

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Lindsay Rickman said...

This looks to be the beginnings of a wonderful collection for gallery show, book, or both. <3