The Inscrutable Look in Glamour Photography

A great model can deliver many facial expressions portraying anger, sadness, happiness, surprise, meekness, superiority, and any number of human emotions. My favorite by far is the inscrutable look. It is fascinating to observe because we cannot discern the mood of the model, nor what the model was thinking at the moment the image was captured. This in turn makes us pause and wonder about the model. It draws and prolongs our attention. Here are a few examples from my archives:

Andrelica. It is not a smile, nor a frown. Can you tell what she is thinking? She moved to Texas but we still work together from time to time.

Andrelica. It is not a smile, nor a frown. Can you tell what she is thinking? She moved to Texas but we still work together from time to time.

Anne, who is not a model. Jewel-like eyes + a Mona Lisa semi-smile = a wonderful inscrutable look.

Anne, who is not a model. Jewel-like eyes + a Mona Lisa semi-smile = a wonderful inscrutable look.

Charissa. Another non-model friend. A natural in front of the camera with a myriad of fantastic poses and expressions - how I wish I could photograph her again! Charissa lights up in front of the camera, so point, shoot, and she will make any photographer look good. Perhaps if I bought her some Chinese food at P.F. Chang's...

Charissa. Another non-model friend. A natural in front of the camera with a myriad of fantastic poses and expressions - how I wish I could photograph her again! Charissa lights up in front of the camera, so point, shoot, and she will make any photographer look good. Perhaps if I bought her some Chinese food at P.F. Chang's...

Tiffany. Another model I have lost track of after she moved to Louisiana. The more we worked together, the better she became; it was so cool to observe grow her modelling abilities.

Tiffany. Another model I have lost track of after she moved to Louisiana. The more we worked together, the better she became; it was so cool to observe grow her modelling abilities.

Cheree. Another non-model friend. An absolutely spectacular blue-eyed brunette complete with dimples. I would love to work with her again also!

Cheree. Another non-model friend. An absolutely spectacular blue-eyed brunette complete with dimples. I would love to work with her again also!

A second inscrutable look from Andrelica.

A second inscrutable look from Andrelica.

Priscilla Martin doing a great job of restraining her gorgeous smile to achieve a beautiful inscrutable expression.

Priscilla Martin doing a great job of restraining her gorgeous smile to achieve a beautiful inscrutable expression.

Karen Hernandez demonstrating the classic inscrutable look seen so much in glamour these days.

Karen Hernandez demonstrating the classic inscrutable look seen so much in glamour these days.