Why only the face?
I like eyes.
It is believed William Shakespeare wrote that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Whether he actually did or not, it makes sense to me. Enough said. Well maybe not. Everything about our bodies is unique down to each A, G, C, and T of our DNA. I think our eyes (including the eyelids, lashes and eyebrows) display that uniqueness the best. They also communicate so much in such subtle and interesting ways.
I like being fascinated.
The human face fascinates me more than almost anything else in creation. If there were ten prints on a wall of people and one of them was a tightly cropped face, I’d spend more time pondering the print of the face than all of the other prints combined. There’s more information and story packed into a person’s than most novels. Each human face has 43 muscles. I think it shows how much our faces are designed to be a part of our interpersonal communication.
I like symmetry.
I know the human face is not perfectly symmetrical, but it’s usually close. If I were to direct a movie, I’d just copy Wes Anderson and his framing. Seriously, look at all the symmetry in his films.
I like simplicity.
Not only do I like a simply composed shot, but by shooting just your child’s face simplifies the shooting process for me and for your child. We get to focus on just their head and face position and their expressions. How many times have you said “What do I do with my hands/arms/shoulders?” when getting your picture taken? Children are wonderful but they can be difficult to direct and pose sometimes. Allowing them to just focus on their face and head makes it easier for them as well.
I like capturing change.
Humans are physically changing every moment of their lives. But, the amount of change that occurs in the first twenty years of our lives is astounding to me. I think the most unique and compelling changes happen in a child’s face. I look at photos of myself or of my own sons and it’s sometimes shocking the changes that happen in just a short amount of time, even the nine months of a school year.