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Preston Trauscht 11 Jan 2016 featured, Photo Tips, Photography, Smiles, Photography for Beginners, Camera Tutorial, Photo Lessons, Don't Smile,

When I was in school my favorite teachers and mentors would tell me to never, ever ask your subject to smile.

When they told me this I was intially lost, after all who doesn't want a smiling portrait, were these people stuck in the 1800's?! As it turned out they knew something I didn't know.


That is they knew to ask themselves why they were taking the photograph. Rather than simply capturing a smile, they told a story with their photographs. Not every portait requires a smile and your subjects certainly don't want to be asked to simply smile when they are paying you $300.00 or more for a Head Shot.

When I was in school my favorite teachers and mentors would tell me to never, ever ask your subject to smile.
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It's more marketable and far better practice to entice the emotion you need to tell the story your client has asked you to show, compellingly.


P.T.


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