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On Wednesday I posted my 2012 year in review and Todd did a great critique of my images. In reading his comments it sparked a discussion between my wife and me, and I wanted to see if you all have this dilemma as well.
Todd had mentioned "getting to know people and showing personality". I'm sure this is something we all strive for in our photography, but sometimes (if not often) we miss the mark. Often times when the true personality comes out it makes for an unflattering picture. Things happen like double chins, squinting, awkward smiles, scrunched noses and on and on... When someone wants to take my picture I smile at the camera and have a certain "look" about me. It's a look I like and don't mind having photographed. But, if they get me laughing, and my personality comes out, then I have double chins, my horrible teeth are showing, my nose if scrunched. I hate the way I look when I'm laughing, but the truth is, that unflattering picture shows my personality. It's candid, it's true, it's me.
When I'm going through my wedding photos and deciding which ones to blog, I come across some pictures that show great moments, but I'm hesitant to blog them. Those images will definitely end up on the disc, but I often won't post them for the world to see, just in case the bride doesn't like it. One recent example was a bride that showed a lot of gums when she smiled and her nose contorted a weird way. There were some great moments where her true smile came out, but if she's like me she may not like that look, especially when it's put out there for everyone to see.
Below are two images that I posted this week from a wedding I did on Saturday. I think they both tow the line of showing personality, but not crossing the line of unflattering. The bride and groom laughed a lot throughout the day, but when they did they would pull their head back, which caused them to have some serious double chins. Also, they both had gaps in their teeth, which they might not be happy about. The only reason I think that may be true is because they both did teeth-less smiles for the posed pictures. The two images below were postable, but if I was going for "true personality" I probably missed the mark.
Does anyone else out there have this issue? You want to portray who the couple is, but also trying to do it in the most flattering way possible.
Here are the two images I'm talking about...