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One stock picture library I use, constantly requests pictures of people smiling. It's quite easy to get moody, thoughtful, or sad emotions in photos. However, to get a good natural smiling happy shot, is not easy. What may work for one person doesn't work for another. I think with this shot, I almost insulted the models choice of clothes, which she found quite amuzing, another, perhaps not so. I also prefer shots with good eye contact, mainly because with my work as a press photographer, it will help you sell more pictures. So I struggle to get non-eye contact images that I like. This shot however, I like.
On another note, I've started a blog over on blogger/blogspot, which is great, and some people that I follow on shutterchance have found me and left comments. While I like blogger, I notice that replying to a comment isn't the same as shutterchance and it may appear rude if people think I'm ignoring them. I'm not! I like all constructive comments, even thought I may not like it, negative comments are welcome, someone may spot something or make a suggestion I'd not thought of.
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LightningPaul from Belgium 24 Jun 2009, 20:40
I agree that getting a 100% natural smiling shot is not easy. So far in my experience it works when the person is truly smiling naturally which is not easy to do.

This image is great and looks natural but also very fashionable.

Personally I prefer SC over Blogger. Easier for comment management.
nathan hulse: Hi Paul, cheers for your comment. I agree about SC over blogger, It's much better to acknowledge comments on here. I'll keep them both running I think. SC is also easier to keep track of my favs SC users.

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