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Penn x Avedon Smiling Is Optional

When I hear the word portrait, i think of those days back in elementary school where the photographer sat you down in front of a crazy looking background and regardless of how you felt, MADE you smile. 

A good photo doesn't mean you have to smile....I don't plan on recreating Penn or Avedon but I want to use some of their ideas in creating an image that I can get behind. I love the realism behind photos like the ones below because it's not always about smiling.

BUT if I find one where a smile works, then I might go with that...

Got to keep the options open, am i right?

I might blend in some ideas like interesting backgrounds, color vs B&W or movement to get the point across.

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