Many years ago, I was a wedding photographer. I would attend photo seminars and hear about how to take artistic photos of the bride. They showed me how to take photos of the bride looking at her flowers. They showed me how to take photos of the bride and groom looking at each other. It went on and on.
The owner of the studio I was working for was interested, among other things, in selling wall sized pictures. It didn’t take long to realize that the artistic looking photos were not the ones going up on the walls.
The photos that sold the best were the ones where the subjects were looking at the camera. Brides, and families, wanted to see people who looked their best.
There’s nothing wrong with taking pictures of people who are looking at the camera and smiling.
Beware of artistic photos…they usually don’t sell when it comes to portraits or weddings. You should take them if you come upon an interesting scene. However, always cover yourself with straight pictures.