The Eyes Have It

We are conditioned as humans to evaluate other humans by their facial expressions. We do this by looking directly into the eyes. It’s an innate process and tells us almost everything we need to know when encountering someone.

Every portrait photographer knows that the starting point for engagement begins with the eyes of the subject. Some portraits succeed with the subject confronting the camera. Others work better when the gaze lands far outside of the frame.

As a subject, this lovely child was all over the map. She was forceful and she was reserved. She was aggressive and she was withdrawn. None of these expressions were surprising for someone at this age. Truth be told, it was fun to see the wild swings of mood and expression.

This frame was my favorite and really captured her sweetness and her child-like wonder. Having this all unfold within my viewfinder was a simple joy that makes what I do a labor of love.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies.