Getting to know your face can be a little edgy but having control over what the camera sees is nothing but fun! Today you’ll be tapping your inner child and letting her play - Wildly!

Let’s start with some basic emotions:

  • Happy

  • Sad

  • Angry

  • Scared

Expression Exercise

Step 1: Grab your camera

Make sure the lighting is even, soft and flattering.  (Now you know how to find this!)

This is all about sourcing emotion, and we want the highest probability that you’ll like the results. This is your chance to really force it.

Do the pouty frown. Do the cheesy smile. Do all the over exaggerated expressions of emotion - get ALL the emotions out!

Step 2: Play full out

Ugly is totally permitted here. With enough play, you will find the beauty in the ugliest of corners. Your dark expressions are just beautiful and full of magic as your light side.  Now it's time to see what your face can truly do.

Step 3: Shoot ‘til your face hurts

Aim for an average of 4 minutes per expression.  Feel free to break them up. Those muscles get exhausted, and we don't want your face to freeze that way.  (Yeah, my mom always said that too!)

It's practice that creates the magic. Once you’re fully aware of what your face is capable of, you’ll be much better prepared when the camera is pointed at your face. With practice you’ll have full access to your full range of expression - from subtle to poignant.

How To Play With The Four Elements Of Expression

Experiment with the four basic emotions first:

  1. Happy

  2. Sad

  3. Angry

  4. Sad