Friday Inspiration #Smile

Today is Friday—celebrate by sharing your joyful photos with the hashtag #Smile!

Smiling is one of the most natural things in the world, but capturing a genuine smile can be quite difficult. In order to avoid the fake say-cheeeese! smile that most people fall victim to, you might need to employ a couple of tricks.

First, make sure that the person you’re photographing is comfortable. Chat with them as you shoot so that they relax. Tell a joke; make them laugh. Make them forget about the camera that’s pointed at their face.

Of course, you can also capture a great, genuine smile from afar. If your subject is unaware that they are being photographed, they are more likely to act naturally. Play the role of the observer. Sneak a snapshot from a distance, even if the subject isn’t looking into the camera. Shooting like this can often produce more natural-looking results.

Once you’ve captured the perfect smile, share your shot with the hashtag #Smile!