Harriett Shepard and Lenore Meyer, Posing for the Camera, Hastings House, 1960


Head placement, with a purpose, tells a story or creates au [sic] impression for the viewer even before the face gets into the picture. As the head turns, its very outline communicates mood and prepares the viewer for the message that the expression will carry. A lift of the head may suggest hope or assurance; a drop ... pensiveness or sadness; a tilt ... concentration.

Extreme positions of lift, drop and tilt have an emotional quality usually associated with feminine or juvenile characters; conversely, conservative positions with but slight lift, drop or tilt give the impression of restraint, stability and strength.