Portrait Inspiration – Smiles and Laughter

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”

Audrey Hepburn

I think Audrey has summed up how I feel about photographing women who are happy! The only thing she missed was that men are pretty cute too with laughter rolling out of their souls . See below

  All photos via  Smiles and Laughter 

Whenever you have a difficult portrait client in front of you make them laugh, I mean really laugh and just keep shooting. It’s the best stuff!!

Keep smiling.

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16 Responses to Portrait Inspiration – Smiles and Laughter

  1. Hi Carla, my favs are Kate Winslet and Robert Downey. I think you are so right on all counts. I was doing a portrait shoot last year and the client was stiff as a board- stunning girl but nothing I did could get her out of that posed look- until I got her male friend who tagged along and he and I were goofing around- presto, she kept bursting into laughter, relaxed and I got some superb shots! One of my favourite pics is of my brother who I captured accidently as he broke into an all out body laugh- I just love the joyousness xxCorrina.

  2. There’s something fresh and uninhibited when we allow ourselves to laugh like that. I love the photo of Robert.

  3. Ann says:

    As I was looking at these photos I could feel a big smile on my face. I wish I could cut these all out and hang them on my wall for times when have to remember to smile. As for the men? My brother always says that you should ‘belly ache’laugh every day (like the last photo). Great photos Carla. Ann

  4. Impossible not to smile while looking at these, Carla. And I had to try hard not to pass out over Robert Downey Jr. {One of my major, longstanding celebrity crushes…} It should be illegal to look so good. But I’m glad it’s not!

  5. Tamera says:

    I will do anything to get a natural laugh out of my clients! I will sacrifice my dignity if I have to.

  6. The best portraits in my opinion. Really makes the subjects heart shine through. Audrey’s quote just could not be more perfect. Thanks for the smile today Carla.

  7. El clavel says:

    Great photos! I like your blog very much! :)

    El clavel

  8. Anita Rivera says:

    THESE ARE OUTSTANDING. The natural REACTION of a person’s humor probably makes the best of smile shots! BRILLIANT! Anita

  9. Catherine says:

    I LOVE this post Carla…how gorgeous does Paul Newman look?
    And the beautiful Marion Cotillard; she looks quite like Natalie Wood in this shot; don’t you think?
    Have a great day.

  10. Jo says:

    Love this post! Beautiful people and beautiful smiles. It made me smile, too.

  11. I had to smile when looking at these photos, like yawning-it is contagious. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  12. sarah says:

    A beautiful smile is the best!

  13. Claudia Lane says:

    Beautiful Carla, very inspirational. Have a fantastic weekend xx

  14. the only thing to beat smiles and laughter are the giggles of our children….contagious and always silly, it’s impossible to resist!
    xxx Lisa

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