Horizontal vs. Vertical

Over the past several months, I have made it a priority to at least have SOMETHING to take away from every single session that I have done.  Whether it is a wedding or a portrait session, or even when I'm leisurely shooting landscapes of some sort.  I have to at least learn something.


Well, while I'm editing this most recent shoot of my friend, Laura, I have noticed that a mass majority of my shots are vertical.  While I do find that most of my favorite portrait shots are those that I've shot vertical, I've noticed in this case of how much of a significant difference in composition quality and expression of emotion an image has just by changing the way that it is shot. I don't know why I've never really thought about it before.  

I know that this probably won't always have such a significant difference in all of my sessions, but this one is where I've noticed it the most. 

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These two images were shot by the same angle and in the same identical pose (the second one is just slightly closer).  In my opinion, I really do believe that the vertical image stands out so much more than the horizontal.  

 

What are your thoughts?