Wednesday, November 23, 2011

just Smile darn it!

I'm beginning to wonder if my obsession desire to learn as much as I can about photography and taking a decent photograph is over whelming slightly bothering one of my favorite models. 

It has come to my attention ~ when I ask her to simply act natural and smile I'm getting a lot of strange faces.  

 I may be over thinking this thing, but lately I've been getting a lot of poses like these. 

A few weeks ago, when I asked her to smile like she always does. . . she did this

and said, "I don't remember how."

In my frustration, I want to say "Just smile DARN IT! and Be Happy while your at it!" but, that never seems to work. 

 All this got me thinking. . . Could it be ME???  Could I be the problem???  So, I put my camera away for a few days. . .  I thought of how I really had to change the way I'm approaching this photography thing and just relax a little. Because maybe it's me and not my subjects.      So I took a good look and wondered . . .

Could possibly be making her nerves??? 

When I pulled my camera back out . . .  I came up with this photo.   realized we were having fun and I wasn't making a big deal out her perfect smile, she was just doing it. 

Now if I can just remember this,  maybe, just maybe,  I won't have to find a good therapist to reverse all the damage I have caused by saying "SMILE" ~ "No! not like that!" 
"Be Normal ~ Just smile darn it!"



  1. Oh my goodness! I do that with my son! One time, he actually ended up in tears saying, "I don't know how to smile!" I try to get him to think of things that would normally make him smile, but he says his brain doesn't work that way! It's so frustrating!! I guess the trick is to not try "posed" shots?!

  2. The best smiles are always when you don't ask for them. Great job! And beautiful in black and white too!

    Thanks for linking up!

  3. Lately I have gotten into the habbit of asking my daughter to smile. She says no everytime ( no being her favorite new word, she is 20 months). So I guess I should just stop asking too! That last shot is priceless.

  4. The best smiles are the ones they give all by themselves. That last shot is so precious.

  5. She is so adorable, the last picture looks more natural though, she actually smiled:)

  6. Nice pics and lovely smiles and a nice take on the S theme.

  7. I like the last one best...she looks relaxed and so happy. I also like the too big hat!!

  8. Maybe you are getting on your model's nerves. Too bad; she has a great smile!

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  9. been there. Done that. Getting to the point where the pets make better targets. Very cute post!

  10. Oh, you nailed it with that last one! Darling. And yes, absolutely the best way to get a kid to freeze up is to ask them to smile! I think they really do forget how their moths work! Thank you for linking up!

  11. Lovely series of "smiles" from a beautiful child.

    My Mother used to tell me the same thing, but it is something I taught myself. I am not an unhappy person, but I had missing eye teeth and perceived my smile not pretty. Interestingly, missing eye teeth are heriditary and led in my senior years to positive identification of my biological family when I began to search for them.


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