All those photographers who toil in the field of high-school yearbook portraits will want to read this. You are doing important work that could soon aid people in finding better life-mates. Also, you might want to read it if you are currently dating and seriously thinking of marriage.
According to a new study, people who smile in yearbook pictures are more likely to end up in happy marriages.The authors of the study, soon to be published in the journal Motivation & Emotion, say that smilers ended up having a divorce rate of about one in 20, while the more dour grads had a divorce rate five times higher.
What is the take-away for photographers? Should you coax a grin from your subject, or let nature take its course? Opinions please!--David Schonauer