Eyes Wide Shut

They say that portrait photos should always have the eyes open because the eyes are the window to the soul. This is probably true 98% of the time. But like all rules there are times to break them. Photos can be very expressive with eyes shut.

I recently had a photoshoot with a friend and one of the first things I told her was to make sure she keeps her eyes open.

Kristin Outdoor Portrait Shoot 2

As you can see above, despite her eyes being closed, the photo is very expressive. It's actually one of my favorites from the shoot. There's something about it that creates a connection.

Is this something I would suggest all the time? No, but if a reflective or introspective mood is what you're after then give it a go.