{The Portrait Diaries} Day 14: To smile or not to smile

Day 14

To smile or not to smile? That is the question.

Well as a general rule of life I definitely choose to smile, always. If you start the day with a smile you start as you mean to go on and it has a positive influence on your day and on the people you come into contact with who will hopefully smile back at you and so it goes on. Spread a little happiness and all that!

When it comes to photography it is a bit more complicated.

When someone takes a photo of us don’t we automatically smile? Most of us do. I love capturing people smiling or laughing naturally but I’m not a big fan of forced smiles. They don’t feel good or look good so they don’t bring out the best in people. When I photograph people on their own, generally I try to make them laugh or just by talking to them can get natural shots.

Sometimes I like to show a different side to them, a more serious side. Looking through my images recently I’ve realised I quite like photographs where the subject isn’t smiling. Our focus doesn’t go straight to their smile and gives us a little longer to take in the rest of the photograph.

What do you think? Do you always smile in photographs?

Lauren xxx

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