As a Photographer who desires to capture the personality in a Portrait, looking into the eyes of the person I’m photographing is very important to me, so many quick fire photographers miss this highly important part of photography, in the photograph of Louise that I took on a Photo shoot just outside Bath Avon.
Just look at some of the incredible paintings by Johannes Vermeer (Most famous painting Girl with pearl earring) who spent hours not just looking but studying his subjects, moving and adjusting the stage to capture the individual with his art.
You can even see how light was captured if you visit some of the National Trust Venus in Somerset, just check out some of the incredible Paintings they display.
Well I feel that Photography is the same, it’s about seeing into the sole of the person, then and only then do I truly feel I have captured the personality.
When I am taking portrait Photography or Wedding Photography, I always look very carefully to ensure I’m capturing the catch lights but also most importantly getting the natural reaction one see’s with eye contact, it’s something I have always done maybe even more with my children, its shows you are paying attention to the person. I’ll do a piece on this in my next Blog.
As the saying goes "The eyes are the window to the soul" Well check this information out!
Scientist’s findings prove this old saying “the eyes really are the window to the soul”
The eyes really are a window to the soul, according to scientists; apparently patterns in the iris reveal as to whether we are warm trusting, neurotic or impulsive.
Everyone has a different structure of lines, dots and colours in their iris, so these scientists at Orebro University compared the eyes of over 400 people’s individual personality traits to prove if these structures in the iris reflected their characters.
Apparently focussing on the patterns in the eye they found that those with densely packed crypts were more warm hearted, tender, trusting, and likely to sympathise with others. In comparison, those with more contraction furrows were, impulsive and likely to give way to cravings.
So the next time you go to take that photo, especially when you are the clients wedding photographer, just take a few moments, give eye contact, look at your subject, maybe even move slightly and capture the soul of the individual, not just the photo.