When Justin and I met for his Akron senior pictures shoot, one of the first things he told me was, “I don’t like my smile.” That’s not an uncommon thing for…well…anyone to say, to be honest. Put someone in front of a camera and their insecurities are bound to surface, but as Justin proves in several of the pictures in this preview, there’s no reason for any of us to be self-conscious.
I speak from experience. I don’t like my smile either. I tend to show too much gums, especially when I find something really funny. Drives me crazy. I’ve tried to perfect the three-quarter, casual smile with very mixed results. But as I’ve learned over the past couple of years, everyone’s smile is different and beautiful in its own way. Your smile is uniquely you and uniquely yours, so don’t hide it and don’t be afraid to let it loose it when someone sticks a camera in your face.
You’ll see that it didn’t take long for Justin to warm up during our shoot. Taking some shots of him with his Honda dirt bike contributed to that, I’m sure, and so did me reminding him that his mom would like to see at least a few pictures of him smiling. These are a few of my favorites from our shoot in Wadsworth. Visit Windowsill Photography if you’re interested in having senior portraits taken, and be sure to check us out on Facebook!