How often when you are having your photograph taken does the person behind the camera say "SMILE!"?
Instantly everyone puts on their best grin and the shutter is released.
Does this give the best portrait? I do not think so. In fact I often ask my subjects not
to smile....then they do, only naturally
. I like happy looking people, but only if the happiness is actually real. Otherwise it is just a picture of someone. Not a portrait.
There are times when a serious look really adds to the mood and overall image. Take this portrait for example. This chap was in a very serious mood and he had dressed in a mature way. The Facial expression helps make him look more masculine, older (which he liked) and expressed his mood on that day.
The Painterly look gives that classic element to the Portrait. There is less detail and so it helps the viewer focus on the face which sets the whole tone of the photograph.
I hope you like it.