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Capturing Authentic Expressions in Portraiture

Capturing Authentic Expressions in Portraiture

As photographers, we often find comfort in familiar methods, yielding intended results. However, pondering alternate approaches can unlock new dimensions in our craft.

Capturing Authentic Expressions in Portraiture

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Traditional photoshoots, with subjects against backdrops, have their merits, but there’s a compelling case for intimate portraits that focus on capturing the subject’s true essence.

Capturing Authentic Expressions in Portraiture

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Similar to the adage that the journey is the destination, the magic of extraordinary portraiture lies in the process.

I have observed that many creators struggle with posing subjects and fail to evoke genuine expressions. Understanding posing rules, akin to the rules of composition, is crucial for creating compelling portraits.

Capturing Authentic Expressions in Portraiture
A portrait is not merely a visual representation of a person’s likeness. It can be thought of as the result of the interpersonal connection between the photographer and the subject.

Capturing Authentic Expressions in Portraiture

Genuine expressions, especially those of authentic joy, significantly elevate the impact of a portrait. Differentiating between a solicited smile and an authentic one involves capturing the emotions that reach beyond the lips to engage the eyes.

Capturing Authentic Expressions in Portraiture

Why does it matter? A genuine expression in a photograph has the power to captivate viewers, evoke curiosity, and even spread joy. It establishes a sense of familiarity with the subject, making the observer pause and connect with the image.

Capturing Authentic Expressions in Portraiture


How is this achieved? Through genuine interaction. Photographers who invest time in connecting with their subjects yield better results. Beyond smiles, a range of expressions – from pensive to goofy – can be captured through meaningful conversations during the session.

In my photography journey, I’ve come to realize that the true magic of portraiture lies in the process, much like the essence of a journey is more than just reaching the destination. It’s not merely about capturing an image; it’s about forging a connection with the subject.

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The strength of a portrait in my experience is intrinsically tied to my ability to make the subject comfortable, swiftly establishing a profound connection that transcends the lens and clearly articulates direction or poses.

Understanding the subtleties, like the difference between asking for a smile and influencing a genuine one with micro-expressions, has been pivotal.
Capturing Authentic Expressions in Portraiture
It’s not just about visual aesthetics but about how emotions can resonate with viewers. In my forthcoming article, I’ll delve deeper into my approach, sharing insights into creating these connections, capturing authentic expressions, and turning a photoshoot into a memorable experience.



Stay tuned as we explore the art of portraiture beyond the surface, where every click becomes a testament to the shared moments and emotions between the subject and the photographer.

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About Gerard

Gerard Nartey (1988, Ghana) holds a Bachelor Degree in Communications from the African University College of Communication with a major in Visual Communications. He has been photographing for 11 years, and has a strong interest in the lives and culture of people from different geographic regions and their landscapes as well as how their landscapes influence their livelihood and lifestyle.

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