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The Art of Body Language in Portraiture

with Stacy Pearsall

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    02:12
  •   03 Connections with Your Subject

    12:32

Class duration: 1h 22m

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About The Class

capture amazing and authentic portraits

In order to succeed at being a portrait photographer, you must be able to look past the facade an individual presents upon first meeting, and observe their non-verbal language and cues to best interpret who they really are behind the artifice. This pretense isn’t intentional, it’s human nature. Rarely do people bare their soul to a stranger. Award Winning Photographer Stacy Pearsall discusses in this class how to gain your subject’s trust through genuine care, unselfish energy and intent observance. She'll discuss the art of communication, and the signals your subject is emitting, so you can best identify and capture your subjects genuine likeness. Visual perception is everything. Capture amazing and true portraits by learning to see the body language a person brings into your session and knowing how to gain their trust to show the vulnerability within.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    02:12
  2. 02

    Shoot: Importance of Body Language

    05:01
  3. 03

    Connections with Your Subject

    12:32
  4. 04

    Communication: Non-Verbal Language

    19:23
  5. 05

    Contact: Personal Space & Human Touch

    07:11
  6. 06

    Presence: Listening & Mirroring

    10:53
  7. 07

    Capture: Posing & Expression

    08:33
  8. 08

    Shoot: Bring it all Together

    16:38

Meet Your Expert

Stacy Pearsall

Stacy L. Pearsall got her start as an Air Force photographer at the age of 17. During her time in service, she traveled to over 41 countries, and attended the Military Photojournalism Program at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. ... read more

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88% of students recommend this class.
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  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    November 2017

    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.

  • JennMercille

    JennMercille

    April 2018

    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

    Myra Hencher

    November 2017

    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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