A new take of what we believe a Portrait should look like.
Instead of focusing on the face, try to make the composition your main focus.
In photography a portrait is a person (a subject) in which the face and It's expression is predominant. The intent is to display the subjects personality and even mood threw his face.
You can definitely see his adorable vibrant personally.
But what if we can tell a story without showing the face? How great it would be if we can make the viewer imagine about the subject without seeing him?
Kids love a game of Peek-a-Boo.
I love photographing kids! But kids have their own rules of how they want to take their pictures... This is why kids are the perfect candidates for Faceless Portraits.
They know what they want, and they want it now!
Here are some basic tools on how to take faceless portraits that will tell a story;
Bring props with you! It could be a Soft toy, Accessories, Objects or any thing that the child is comfortable with and love or have a special connection too.
invest in clothes! I am sure your kids love their Toy Story T-shirt but, maybe this time, think of clothes that won't distract the viewers eyes from the subject.
Try to find clothes that are natural in color or related to the story you are trying to tell.
Coordinating clothes highlights the connection
costumes are welcome as long as they are part of the story.
A great location in a nice way to add to your story.
While the outdoors is a wonderful way to have fun with the kids while taking their pictures, it is not always possible due to weather condition or the age of the kids, In this case, make your home - your photography set.
"Oh, The places thy'll go..."
The kids room is always a good option as it is their natural environment (Just make sure you tidy-up before to have a clear shot).
You can see the theme here, right?!
With these simple tips you can make your own story and you don't have to hold yourself from posting on social media (for those of you who don't want their kids faces posted).