The other day I asked my daughter to please put on her winter dress coat one more time (before we declared it to be spring) so that I could do a quick portrait of her. I explained – you don’t even have to smile. She did smile, because that’s her personality – but I also adored the ones where she wasn’t.
These images of my daughter made me think of some of my other favorite portraits I’ve taken. Many times, they are the non-smiling ones that leave the biggest impression on me.
In non-smiling images, the focus goes straight to the eyes. A smile changes the shape of the face – it is a lovely change, of course. But as parents, we don’t always see our children smiling.
When your children are looking up at you, asking a question, or listening intently, they aren’t usually smiling. Their eyes are big and soulful – and I want to remember those moments, too.
More and more, I’ve been trying to capture those moments for my clients as well. Some folks skip right over those images, but others see the beauty in that solemn expression. At times, it can be harder to capture a quiet moment from a child than one filled with emotion. I love the sessions where I’m able to capture both.