Expression and Movement
In every modeling assignment you will be expected to convey certain emotions through your facial expressions and body language.
To work on facial expressions, start by practicing in a mirror. Everything you think and feel is reflected through your face. Your expressions bring meaning and depth to a shoot.
To begin- engage your forehead, your brows, your eyes, your cheeks, your mouth, your jaw. Practice moving muscles on your face. Remember, unless blank expressionless eyes are what a client is aiming for. You will want to practice.
Models need to be adept at projecting emotions. We are familiar with love, anger, happiness, sadness and surprise. We know what those feelings expressed on a face looks like, so begin with those.
Express each emotion in front of a mirror- engaging your entire body. After you have practiced for a while and feel comfortable, try out more and more expressions/poses. Aim towards becoming a pro at projecting emotions with your face and body movements.
While practicing expressions, an important one to remember is your smile. There are degrees of smiling and you should learn them. What type of a smile does the client want? A large toothy smile, or a sweet closed mouth smile? The right kind of smile on demand is a true skill, and one you need to master. So practice.
There are many articles and videos online demonstrating in detail about expressions and body language. If you're not sure how to begin on your own, then we would recommend starting there. Do your research.
Once you have learned the basics, the next step you will want to take is to see what your expressions and movements look like on camera. Your goal is to be able to bring expressions naturally on demand. Switching flawlessly from one to the other.
Go practice. You've got this!
Photo Credit: Blake Eiermann at www.blakeeiermann.com