"Alright Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up". A famous line once spoken in Sunset Blvd. and repeated many times and in many iterations ever since. In fact, many photographers use this line in a joking manner to help their clients relax and hopefully get that perfect look and expression.
The moment a client steps in front of a camera, a photographer must be able to make their client look their best. At the same time, figuring out how to get that perfect facial expression capable of making a viewer go WOW!! And if they're an actor, capable of opening doors to casting directors and agents alike.
Every person whether they're actor or not, wants to have that perfect expression while being photographed, but it can sometimes be a bit tricky. It's human nature to be nervous or self conscious when having your photo taken and knowing your very soul is being captured. For many, it's almost like stage fright, and can sometimes be nerve-racking letting others in and letting them see your soul and this translates into very unflattering facial expressions. A deer in headlights comes to mind.
That's when the photographer steps in. They can see what the face is actually doing and with the proper direction get a persons expression under control. It's not always easy, but with a little bit of patience and confidence, a really great photographer can get the job done without frustration or ignorance. And from that point on, the client begins to feel at ease and confident in knowing that they are going to get great results, thus making the photographer's job that much easier.
The bottom line is everyone is vulnerable when put on camera, and they are not always ready for their close-up moment for many reasons, but with a little bit of time and patience, they will be able to produce the expressions that they're capable of creating and find the best of themselves...with the right photographer!
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