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Smile in your photos, damn it.

I don’t understand people who never smile in their photos. Like… ever. As far as I can gather, there are two kinds of people who don’t smile.

Those who hate smiling.

And those who hate their smiles.

Or maybe those who hate bluebirds and butterflies and every wonderful thing in this world.

To the first, smile anyway! Nothing is lamer in could-have-been-awesome photos than one person who never smiles. It takes away a good chunk of the happiness of the entire photo (imho.). Why do people do it? Do they think smiling shows weakness? Do they think not smiling makes them look cool or tough or ready to take-on the devil on stilts? Well, it doesn’t, it doesn’t, and it doesn’t. To me, it makes the person not smiling look like a jerk, a sad person, a grumpy person, a wannabe, or a soulless person who would sooner eat a bluebird and butterfly than enjoy looking at them.

To the latter, smile anyway! Are your teeth too yellow? Too crooked? Are your gums too prominent? Are you missing a tooth? Do you have a small animal living in there? Do you have a gap in your teeth that can be seen from space? Do you just feel like you look goofy when you smile? Well guess what… you don’t. Your smile looks way better than that attempt at covering up a smile. You know what I’m talking about… where you keep your lips together, flex the muscles in your cheek, and do everything you can to make sure no tooth ever makes an appearance. You probably do it when you’re laughing, too.

Ugh. Laughing with your mouth closed. Where’s the fun in that? (just ask our friend here.)

Seriously though… at the end of the day, do you want all photos of you to be photos that either a) ruin it for others or b) make you look insecure or douchebaggy? No, you’re going to want to see pictures that captured the moments in which you were truly happy. Moments you truly loved the people you were with. And, moments that were worth remembering.

Ironic, isn’t it. If you’re a non-smiler or a smile-hider, you’re probably going to feel more self conscious now. Well, that was my goal, I won’t deny it. I’m tired of people not smiling in the pictures I take.  I want to see your smile. Other people want to see your smile. We want to see it no matter how goofy it looks because guess what… it probably only looks goofy to you, and the people who really love you (and coincidentally whose photos you’re ruining) will never take second notice of anything but the awesomeness of your happiness. We want to see it no matter how un-tough you feel because guess what… you just look lame when you never smile.

Just smile in your photos, damn it. I want to remember the happiness for what it was. Gold teeth, gums, crookedness, little animals and all.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

PS. Anybody else get seriously irked when people refuse to smile in photos? Are you one who refuses to smile? If so, why? And if so, why not start?

Oh, and if you’re bored, go read a great post about something a French guy taught me about smiling.

SDL’s Quote of the Day

“The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.”  ~William Shakespeare,Othello