Do These Headshots Make Me Look Depressed?

I always smile in photos. I can’t help it. Even though I’ve tried perfecting the detached gaze into the middle distance that all the Instagram influencers have, I just can’t. I’m like Buddy the Elf — I love smiling. Smiling’s my favorite.

When my last set of headshots were taken last year by my dear friend Mira, I was feeling an acute depression flareup and I almost cancelled the whole thing. But I wanted to see my world-traveling friend while she was in Chicago, and I needed photos that showed off my new glasses. So, as I often do, I went anyway.