So what have I learnt about Hitchcock himself.
Hitchcock started making films before talkies became the norm and was trained in telling a story in pictures using very limited dialogue. He was also an artist that got better with age as he honed his style and techniques. He loved to take his audience on a journey, surprise then and tantalise them. He also very clearly celebrated beautiful women in film after film, using them as his muse. He played with people's fears of the unknown and turned it into entertainment in a very artful way.
Here's a couple of things that straight away I want to use during my portfolio shoot:
Female in centre of frame
Chiaroscuro & 2nd Figure in side of frame
Mixed use of vantage point
This filmic editing technique was used by Hitchcock, particularly during his action sequences to show enough of what was going on for the audience to understand but not so much that they get bored. This idea came from what Hitchcock described as what people actually see or remember during a fast sequence of events like a fight. You don't see everything that's happening but you understand.
For my series I want to use this technique of not showing everything but showing enough that the viewer can make up their own mind about the journey of the girl in 5 images.