Whatever you do — DON'T SMILE #WTF!?#photography September 14 | Megan Finley meggyfin What is it with the trend of people purposely not smiling — sometimes looking downright miserable — in wedding photos these days? It's such a shame, especially when the bride has such a beautiful and radiant smile! -Indra Oh Indra, this question has plagued me for YEARS! It was actually the reason I ended up firing my wedding photographer between the ceremony and the reception. No, seriously… There I was with my brand spankin' new husband, deep in the "we just got married–oh my god wtf — so crazy — I love you" times, and our photographer kept telling us NOT TO SMILE during the portrait session. Dude, are you fucking kidding me? I don't know if you just saw what happened back there, but I kinda married this guy I really like, and I have that goofy perma-smile on my face right now and, well, just photograph that! Kthnxbye. Related Post Luring scams and fake travel schemes: Why wedding photographers need to be careful too! I recently received an inquiry from a woman who was asking if I would fly out to Hawaii for a portrait session. Everything seemed on... Read more Our photographer was actually getting frustrated by our apparently unwelcome smiling. So, to appease the photographer, (and to get the portrait session to end faster) I cut the smile from my face. Now I have over a dozen photos of me glaring at my husband in my best Megan Bitch Face. Ah the warm fuzzy memories, ready-to-frame, of the time Aaron and I stood face to face, all blank stares and angry expressions, on the beach. Good times. Anyway, to answer your question, I present to you two options: If a couple is staring at the camera or each other with completely blank looks on their face, it's probably because their photographer made them do it. (Maybe they think it looks sexier than a goofy smile? Maybe it's because it seems more editorial? Maybe they just want a well rounded portfolio of wedding day looks? I really don't know the motive. As a photographer myself, I've never told a newly wedded couple to "wipe that damn smile off your face.") Perhaps the couple wanted to take a serious photo for whatever reason. I mean, that "serious YAY!" photo is freaking genius. Worth the struggle to not smile, amma right? Seriously, Yay, we're so happy. No really. Yay. Photo by Leah LaRiccia Photography. But the fact is, it's a bit of a wedding photography trend at the moment. Is it my favorite trend? Not at all. Is it sometimes kind of cool? Sure (as demonstrated in the photo above). But should it be up to each couple if they want to forgo their blissed-out smiles? Of course (unless you booked our photographer and have relinquished all rights to your facial expressions). Tell us, what current photography trends aren't a good fit for YOUR wedding photos? UPDATE: Because I got a couple requests (and because I love you very much), I dug back into the hidden archive of crap wedding pics to find you some of my favorite Megan Bitch Face photos: Hi, it's SO MUCH BETTER when we're smiling! Get your daily dose of Offbeat AWESOME Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Megan Finley is the LA-based Offbeat Empire editor. When she's not writing, editing, and sleeping, she's eating, drinking, and consuming pop-culture. You can snoop into her personal life over on her website Funk in Deep Freeze! @meganfinley @meggyfin PREVIOUS Fabulous fascinators and alternative headpieces for fearless brides NEXT Adele & John’s anachronistic Victorian World's Fair wedding Show/Hide comments [ 124 ] Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.