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Lesson 1 from: The Art of Body Language in Portraiture

Stacy Pearsall

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Lesson Info

1. Class Introduction

Lesson Info

Class Introduction

This is such a surreal moment 'cause I have been a fan of CreativeLive for a long time, so to actually be on this stage and just share some of my work with you and maybe just to hopefully to pass off a little of what I know to you is really, really exciting. So, I'm so happy to have you all and to be able to look at each and everyone of you. (gasps) Don't be afraid to interject or ask questions. This is gonna be a wonderful time. So, let's get down to brass tacks because I have so much to get through and she's gonna be like, "Time, Stacy, time." Okay, so, as a portrait photographer I specialize in human beings and how we talk to one another. What's really interesting about how we do that is that only 7% of what we say is actually with our words. 38% is in the way we inflect those words. 55% is in how our body transmits what we're actually feeling and saying. So if you've ever been in those moments and we've all been there, where somebody's like, "Helsa, how you're doing?" And you've ha...

d the worst day and you're feeling utterly defeated and things couldn't be any worse and you're like, "Oh, I'm good." But what's your body really saying? What's your emotions and your energy really saying? All of these things are so important to us as we begin to interact with subject matter. What they're really feeling, what they're really saying. Not only what they are saying to us. What are we saying to them. And how do these things marry and bounce off each other? When there's two of you in a room there's this energy flow, right and it's going around and around. So with this artificial perception I'm going to walk you through how we can cross those boundaries to be able to relate to each other not only in the verbal words that we're saying and the way in which we say them, but the nonverbal words we're using and what they're saying to us and how we can incorporate that into the work we're creating.

Class Materials

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Body Language Example Chart
Gear List

Ratings and Reviews

a Creativelive Student

Thank you Stacy! I loved the class, it confirmed to me that I'm on the right direction, it's important to bond with your subject, and love what you do is essential to it, you can tell Stacy loves her job and she is passionate about it and a good teacher as well, it was very easy to follow her.


Stacy Pearsall is a communication genius! Her story is admirable, fascinating, and saturated with humanity. I was fortunate to be in the studio class for this course, and I was blown away by her charisma and powerful energy! She truly captures the importance of using unspoken communication strategies to draw out a subject and showcase what makes them special, AND to be mindful of the communication set-backs we can quickly create with our own body language as directors and photographers. This course is a must-have, not just as a portrait artist, but as a human being who communicates with others in general. Pearsall is AMAZING!!!!

Myra Hencher

I just happened across this class as a free video and love Stacy's charisma and knowledge. The communication information makes so much sense and can be used in all personal interactions. Thank you, Creative Live and Stacy!

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