Took me ~10 times to get a decent picture which was also in focus. Also, I should visit a barber. So yeah
The reason I took this picture was that I see a lot of galleries where people look better in the end, partially because of a clearer face, but also a large part because they're smiling. In this picture I try to, uh, look my best and smile, insofar as that is possible in a staged picture.
I find that it helps a lot. To see my point, compare this picture to the following two closeups.