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Posing for Portrait: OPEN THE MOUTH

Should the Mouth be Opened or Closed?

Whether we smile with our mouths open or closed is something we don’t often stop thinking about. But the mouth has a significant impact (like the eyes) in portrait poses, in part because viewers will observe a lot about the portrait from body language cues. And that body language includes the position of the mouth, like smiling.

In recent years it has become a trend to emphasize a strong jawline in photographs. Jawlines make a face appear slimmer and add a nice contrast to it.
Try this little trick for yourself:
Stand in front of a mirror and look at your jawline while your mouth is closed. Then open your mouth slightly and look at the jawline again. Can you see the difference? This is what I am talking about!

I show you the difference that the open mouth creates in the photos below:

Closed mouth

Open mouth
In this photo, the mouth is closed. Still, a nice picture!

Opened Mouth

Open mouth
Just by open the mouth slightly to create a excellent image.

To read more about this simple portrait posing, click HERE.

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