It’s become something of a standing joke that as soon as I ask the kids to smile in a photo they make funny faces.
The wee girl is particularly prone to this…
Yesterday we went for a walk. I wasn’t all that popular for insisting that we did. It was hot and sticky, the kids were grumpy and tired; but I was determined that they would not sit in the house on a beautiful day.
In my wisdom I decided to walk to a part of the Middlesex Fells Reservation that we hadn’t been to before. This made me even less popular, but I will save that for another post. Suffice to say that calls for snacks and juice were loud.
So, we found a spot to rest and while there I attempted to take a few photos.
This is the result of asking the wee girl to smile.
I had to be quick to catch the smiles, as sticking her tongue out at me proved more popular.
This is what it’s like with kids and cameras isn’t it? The best photos are the ones that aren’t posed, where you catch them unawares?
But, when I say ‘best’, do I mean child looking beautiful and perfectly still, yet completely natural and not making a face…
When really, the best photos are the ones full of personality, even if that means they’re pulling a face.
Where they jump off the screen at you. Where the character and laughter and confidence shine through.
The ones that make you feel a bit lighter, a bit more joyful, as you look at them.
The ones that you know will take you back to that moment in time. The ones that become the markers for how much they’ve grown, how much they’ve changed and how much they’ve stayed the same.
The ones that are so perfectly them.
And occasionally, you get that smile.