Your Weekend Project – Portraits Without Faces

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The art of capturing a person’s portrait without including their face is gaining popularity in lifestyle photography. I see it quite often in family portraiture and wedding photography as well. It’s a fun way to include aspects of your subject’s personality that isn’t immediately apparent in their smile.

This New Year’s weekend, I encourage you all to use creative use of cropping, depth of field, silhouette, framing, and composition to capture compelling portraits of the people in your life, without including their faces. When done well, you’ll always be able to recognize who the portrait is of, even years down the road when you’ve forgotten all about this weekend project!

Please share your contributions on our Facebook Page or Flickr Group!

On behalf of Steve and I, we wish you all a happy and healthy New Year! All the best for 2012!

Photo credits (in order of appearance):

- “Self Portrait” by Zach Dischner on Flickr Creative Commons.
- “First Self Portrait” by Shirley Buxton on Flickr Creative Commons.
- “Self Portrait” by Mitch Huang on Flickr Creative Commons.
- “Maureen’s Feet” by Hiral Henna on Flickr Creative Commons.
- “Point at the Door” by Aimanness Photography on Flickr Creative Commons.

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  • Photo Techniques

    Absolutely love these photos! Very creative and expressive through the use of shapes, lines, and interesting visuals.

  • Foto Clipping

    some fabulous photos to see. Thank you for the post!

  • Naszfotograf

    nice idea for a project