The psychological part of the portrait reflects the character of the person. The character in the photo is the imprint of time on the person. If a person lives well, it often experiences positive emotions, if the lifi is not soo good, then negative ones. Thanks to this, mimic wrinkles are created, that tell the viewer about the life of the model. When the viewer sees a portrait of a grandfather or grandmother, he can define a stern person or a gentle one, good-natured or spiteful one and much more.
There are two main genres of psychological portrait: • Emotional portrait: shows emotion. Emotion is a reflex to an external stimulus. Introducing emotion into the frame, the photographer endows the person being portrayed with life and displays his state. Photos with emotions are longer read and remembered better. • Sensual portrait: demonstrates feelings or mood. Feelings are a group of emotions that a person experiences. In order to make the viewer understand the feelings of the person being captured, the photographer needs to add a reason or action to the frame.
For example, if a smiling person is displayed in the frame, it is just an emotional portrait. But if in front of a person there is a box with a bow (a gift) - then joy is already captured. Also, we all saw the picture of Vasnetsov "Sister Alyonushka" (better known as "Alyonushka on a pebble"), where a young girl sits in an fetal position, hanging her head and with eyebrows-house. In this position of the model, the person feels more comfortable and protected. A depressed head tells that the model is physically tired, and the facial expression reflects suffering. All the listed physical actions are read by the viewer as sadness.
By combining psychological and social genres, you can achieve more interesting content in photography, rather than using them separately.
A photographer who, having thought up an idea for shooting, analyzed it and correlated with portrait genres, will know what accents need to be added to the photo so that this idea becomes known and understandable not only to him, but also to the viewer. Therefore, it is better to think first and create a high-quality work than to thoughtlessly press a camera button, hoping to capture what you want, but not achieve it.