Smiles? No!!!

posted on 5th of january, 2011

O.K., I've got a few images on Dreamstime, but I buy a lot more as editor/designer of one of our magazines in the indoor comfort market. I've been running into a recurring problem in that whenever I look for pertinent images that include people, all too often they're looking at the camera and smiling!

I'm using these images editorially and that's useless to me. I need and want images of people actually doing things, not standing around looking like they're in a Macy's ad.
I realize the smile is important in ads, but it seems to me the overwhelming majority of people images include those smiles, when all I'd rather have is someone looking at a computer screen, or wiping a table or whatever—withoutout that ubiquitous grin. If we all went around smiling like that for everyday activities, they'd lock us up.
That said, how about at leas occasionally taking a lesson from the movie industry. DON'T LOOK AT THE CAMERA!
Now, let me clarify this. Yes, those happy people have their place, but when I need people who illustrate sales, or customers, I really need a photo of a person selling (say, for example, home heating equipment) to the customer—not looking at me and...well, you get the idea.
O.K. Rant over.

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Comments (14)

Posted by Tan510jomast on January 29, 2011
cheers for the insight. next load of self portraits, I will make sure no smile and not to look at the camera. .. so you can use some of my work ;)
Posted by Mariaam on January 20, 2011
Thanks very much for this useful advice!
Posted by Rangpl on January 19, 2011
Yep.. I hate to smile and shoot smileys ;) Fortunately almost don't upload photos of people;)
Posted by Anhong on January 19, 2011
Good advice, good luck!
Posted by Stephenuk on January 07, 2011
Thanks for the advice, great to have buyer input :)
Posted by Heathse on January 07, 2011
Thank you! we need more buyers to tell us exactly what they want.
Posted by Renoboyd on January 06, 2011
Awesome insight. Thank you.
Posted by Cammeraydave on January 06, 2011
I... I can't stop smiling !
Posted by Rennaesp on January 06, 2011
I agree with this, I buy for corporate work and am always looking for more natural images and not obviously 'posed' images. Your tip about not looking at the camera is bang on the mark - only good for adverts!
Posted by Brianarbuthnot on January 06, 2011
Thanks,,all buyer feedback and tips are welcome.
Posted by Physi28 on January 06, 2011
This seems to be a very useful advise, thanks!
Posted by Bradcalkins on January 06, 2011
I must admit my shots of people looking away do better:

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Posted by Dmccale on January 05, 2011
You are right good advice to all of us.Thanks
Posted by Wisconsinart on January 05, 2011
Feel free to browse my portfolio. You'll find a few. :-)

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