Off with their heads!

Off with their heads!

Because breaking the rules is oh so much FUN!

The challenge:  One of the first things to draw the viewer’s eye in any given image is the human face. For this exercise, your image has to draw the viewer in in other ways. Present a portrait of a person that EXCLUDES the head. Cut off should be no higher than the neck, no lower than the waist. Do your best to include some clues in the image that tell us something about the subject’s personality (even though we can’t see his/her face), tell a story, etc.

And our band of mightily talented Clickin Moms did not disappoint yet again!  Here are some of their wonderful submissions:

Anne Scherrer

Nance Heidemann

Holly Thompson

Megan Cieloha



What’s the best way to improve your photography? Shoot thoughtfully and frequently! Try new things and embrace creative and technical challenges. Every month, Sarah Wilkerson posts a new tutorial and challenges our members to join in a new Creativity Exercise on the Clickin Moms photography forum. At the conclusion of the exercise, we select Editors’ Choice images from among the exercise submissions and share them here with you on the blog. Congratulations to the ladies whose photographs included in the exercise above were selected as this month’s Editors’ Choices, and thank you to everyone who participated in the exercise!

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About the Author:

Sarah Wilkerson is the CEO of Click & Company and also provides mentoring services, teaches advanced Click Photo School courses on composition & creativity, and authors the “Why It Works” series in CLICK magazine. She specializes in low light photography, everyday documentary, and tilt-shift work. A former attorney and Duke graduate, Sarah resides in northern Virginia with her Army JAG husband, four children, and three dogs. Visit Sarah Wilkerson online.


  1. Cindy Kline Apr 23 2011 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Not sure how to post to the challenges.

    • Kathryn Apr 23 2011 at 10:26 am - Reply

      The creativity challenges are exercises that are on the forums at Clickinmoms.:).

  2. Stacey H Apr 23 2011 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    What a great idea to share some here on the blog! I love all of these!

  3. Stephanie Deckard Apr 25 2011 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    Still working on a membership so that I can join the forums, but here is one of my daughter that I did for another challenge. And can I just add that I love headless shots for some reason?!

  4. Stephanie Deckard Apr 25 2011 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Okay, so it didn't load the picture in my first comment…

  5. Stephanie Deckard Apr 25 2011 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Alright..I give up. Haha!

  6. Christie Lynn Apr 26 2011 at 3:57 am - Reply

    This happy couple is off to Vegas!!

  7. Christie Lynn Apr 26 2011 at 3:58 am - Reply

    for some reason it cut off the left part of my picture

  8. Jenny Reed Apr 26 2011 at 5:22 am - Reply

    Hoppy Easter!

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