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Unsmiling Senior Photos

Handsome young man with trees behind him.
Handsome young man with trees behind him.

I think a lot of people are uncomfortable with the idea of an unsmiling photo.  There is a mystery about an unsmiling person and that creates tension between the photo and the viewer.  I like that tension, I like that mystery.

We've come to expect the smile for personal portraits.  Yet an unsmiling portrait can be far more expressive than a grin.  There is so much more wonder in the unsmiling photo.

Arty black and white senior photo of boy through wet window.
Arty black and white senior photo of boy through wet window.

What's happening here?  What is he thinking?  Is he happy or sad, bored, angry, or just thinking about the next Jurassic Park movie?  A hint of a smile, and a whole new level of expression.

Striking photo of high school senior boy.
Striking photo of high school senior boy.
Brown haired teen boy looking into the camera.
Brown haired teen boy looking into the camera.

Without a smile, we have more questions about the image, we have more expectation.  We notice his reflection on the fence next to him.  We think he might have a secret.

Handsome high school senior leaning on a fence.
Handsome high school senior leaning on a fence.
Black and white photo of boy sitting quietly at a table.
Black and white photo of boy sitting quietly at a table.

It is no surprise this handsome boy blosssoms when he shares his smile, but it's an even more pleasant reveal when we experience that smile as a gift, not a thing of the ordinary.

Smiling photo of a senior boy.
Smiling photo of a senior boy.

More opinions on the subject of smiles in my article about Camera Face.

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East High School Senior Photos at the Botanic Gardens

African American girl in black and white dress on a bench smiling
African American girl in black and white dress on a bench smiling
Black and white photo of girl in glasses with scarf over her head
Black and white photo of girl in glasses with scarf over her head
Girl in black and white dress playing with orange and white scarf
Girl in black and white dress playing with orange and white scarf
Girl in black and white dress twirling under tress with an orange and white sheer scarf
Girl in black and white dress twirling under tress with an orange and white sheer scarf
Cute East high senior posing on a bench
Cute East high senior posing on a bench
High school senior and her mom press their foreheads together
High school senior and her mom press their foreheads together
Romantic and remote photo of girl on a bench on a pond seeming far away under a canopy of trees
Romantic and remote photo of girl on a bench on a pond seeming far away under a canopy of trees
High school senior stands in doorway of solarioum at the Denver Botanic Gardens
High school senior stands in doorway of solarioum at the Denver Botanic Gardens
Girl in a tie dyed shirt wearing blasses at the Denver Botanic Gardens
Girl in a tie dyed shirt wearing blasses at the Denver Botanic Gardens
African American high school senior girl psing on a metal bench
African American high school senior girl psing on a metal bench
Black high school girl in glasses posing under a canopy of trees
Black high school girl in glasses posing under a canopy of trees
Senior girl posing under a weeping birch tree at the botanic gardens
Senior girl posing under a weeping birch tree at the botanic gardens

I think it's really neat when a girl shows up for her senior portrait session and is full of confidence, brought a suitcase full of outfits, and a mom to be her sherpa.  It feels good to work with a young woman who knows herself, is willing to try new things, play model, and love every minute of her time in front of the camera.  Janae Brown a high school senior at Denver's East High just made my day.  She and her mom were so much fun to work with.  The Denver Botanic Gardens is always a magical place to shoot senior photos, there are so many different scenarios - you can be in fifteen different worlds within the acrage of the DBG. I hope to shoot a lot of East Senior Photos this year at the Denver Botanic Gardens.