When photography was introduced in 1839 it was VERY expensive for families to have their pictures taken and even the equipment that was used needed to be conducted by a person with a particular degree of training to perform the photo taking. Even when technology advanced in the 1850s and 1860s, it was still mainly handled by professionals that KNEW exactly what they were doing.
The cameras were huge and the pictures were delicate and protected on heavy card stock. In some cases, people would have to stand and sit for long periods of time which was exhausting. After sitting for so long, they chose not to smile, because the felt as if smiling in between exhaustion was the same as telling a lie or faking. Others lacked to smile due to poor oral health.
For most people having photographs taken was not a common activity, but a rare luxury. Taking pictures in the 1800’s was a very serious thing, because it was documenting family history. This is why most people didn’t smile in their photos. It was look upon and tomfoolery and disrespect to smile in pictures because of it being such an important event in a family. Plus it was a very grueling process due to the equipment being SO heavy and the chemicals used to process each shot were overwhelming.
However, today’s photography has morphed into what a person from the 1800’s (if alive) would say that technology has become VERY space aged.
In 1839 it was clear in the viewing of some of the photos that people in those days were proud, lived hard lives and took life rather serious, but what is it that we portray in photos today? In today society pictures are taken at a whim of the moment very unlike the 1830’s.
I think all pictures should tell an unspoken story of the moment within the portrait. A picture has the ability to provoke emotion and attention from its viewer, but if the eyes are the windows to souls, what are you really making known?
We hope it’s your confidence!
When model agencies take their final looks at the model they are considering signing to represent them, they use a very small magnifying eyepiece to look through. The reason why this is used is to see the intricate parts of the person’s eyes. This is practiced to test, projection, and angle and also to see what vibe the model is portraying through the lens.
Have you ever looked at a model (say in a cosmo mag) and for the life of you could NOT figure out how or why they made it big? Well, to soften the blow of not understanding why…their success is largely based on the emotion projected through the eyes and in most cases, that is what landed them success. Pretty people are a dime a dozen, but what agencies are looking for is more. They are looking for the story the eyes may tell.
The reason for this random blog and to make a long story short, practice to be true to yourself in all aspects of life and allow light to shine through for all to see. This is a confidence builder that will become perfect even under magnifying eyes. Allowing true beauty to dwell in your life is a picture worth smiling for.
The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! Matthew 6:23-24