"Smiles, everyone…smiles!" Mr. Roarke- Fantasy Island

“When you’re smilin’….keep on smilin’
The whole world smiles with you
And when you’re laughin’….keep on laughin’
The sun comes shinin’ through”- When You’re Smiling – Louis Armstrong

Recently, I shot several mugs for The Record’s all-area baseball and softball teams. One-by-one the athletes filed into the studio. Usually, the girls smile and pose cheerfully for their pictures, while the boys try to give their best “I’m-the-toughest-guy-around” look.

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @125mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/16 w/ Dyna-Lite strobes. ISO: 200)

True to form, all the female athletes gave their brightest smiles. My surprise came when most of the boys smiled, to varying degrees to be sure, but they smiled none the less. Of the eleven boys who came in, one was neutral, neither a smile or a grimace, and three gave me steely stares that would make concrete crumble. But to my amazement, seven boys came in grinning. When they each entered the studio, I told them where to stand, and posed them but didn’t prompt them on their expressions. They just did it on their own. So here’s to my all-area smile team.

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