The Bloom Collective | Faceless Portraits I and II

Our eyes are often attracted to the face first. Being very social beings, we read emotions and stories on faces all day long. But what we may often neglect in our portrait photography are the clues that seep into us more subconsciously —the context clues. While elements like what a person is wearing, their body language, the scene and objects around them often tell us much of the story, the face may tell us how they’re feeling about that story.

There has always been something intriguing to me about faceless portraits. Without the face, it’s easier to for us to place ourselves, our friends, or our family members into the image, into the story. It leaves room for interpretation and keeps the image mysterious enough for me to want to look harder and longer.
-Marie McGrory

Kari Dew | Canon 6D, Canon 35mm 1.4, 1/125, f1.4, ISO 1600

Kristina Gorokhova | Canon 6D, 24-70mm, 1/25, f3.2, ISO 1250

Heather Eijzenga of Little Bird Photography | Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24mm, 1/1250, f2.8, ISO 100

Stephanie Bryan | Canon 6D, Sigma Art 35mm, 1/4000, f1.8, ISO 160

Johanna Shannon-Little of J S-Little Photography | Nikon D750, Sigma 20mm 1.4, 1/400 f2.8, ISO 640

Lexi Brenner | Nikon D700, Tamron 24-70mm, 1/250, f2.8, ISO 200

Sharon McKeeman | Canon 5D Mark II, 35mmL, 1/320, f7.1, ISO 200

Carey Pace | Nikon D800, Sigma 35mm 1.4, 1/3200, f2.2, ISO 1250

Kim McKinney Photography | Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24-70mm, 1/640, f2.8, ISO 1600

Sabrina Koogler | Canon 5D Mark III, 24mm 1.4L, 1/500, f3.5, ISO 3200

Karen Vlasak Photography | Canon 5D Mark III, Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art, 1/500, f1.6, ISO 640

Robin Ward | Nikon D750, 50mm, 1/160, f5.0, ISO 800

Evelyne Lourenco | Canon 5D Mark III, Sigma 35mm Art, 1/400, f1.4, ISO 500

Angela Douglas Photography | Canon 5D Mark III, Sigma 24mm Art, 1/200, f4.5, ISO 1600

Naomi Britton | Canon 5D, Canon EF 50mm 1.4, 1/8000, f4.0, ISO 100

Sharlene Britton | Nikon D7200, Nikon 35mm 1.8, 1/100, f2.0, ISO 640

Aurora Lampson of Lens Daisy Photography | Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EF 50mm 1.2, 1/1600, f3.2, ISO 1250

Sarah Pogorzelski | Canon 5D Mark III, 50mmL, 1/100, f2.0, ISO 1250

Kate Bragg | Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24-70mm, 1/125 f4.5, ISO 500

Christine Blaylock Photography | Canon 60D, Lensbaby Composer Pro II Sweet 35, 1/200, f2.5, ISO 3200