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The Art of Body Language in Portraiture

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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.


  • Class Introduction
  • Shoot: Importance of Body Language
  • Connections with Your Subject
  • Communication: Non-Verbal Language
  • Contact: Personal Space & Human Touch
  • Presence: Listening & Mirroring
  • Capture: Posing & Expression
  • Shoot: Bring it all Together

Taught by

Stacy Pearsall


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