So what's the solution?
Do we spend too much time obsessing over the perfect picture or a perfect smile? Should we encourage our children to be more autonomous...existing in the here and now and leave them to smile and look at the camera as and when they choose to and not because we have told them to for the sake of a photo?? At the end of the day, is a forced smile really a smile...and if forced...is this a memory we want to preserve? Are we trying to preserve a time in that child's life for us to look back on fondly, for example their 1st birthday? Or are we capturing a time in a specific moment that happened without prompting, where they are naturally existing or playing in that particular moment. Then... 'click'...(smile or no smile) that memory is preserved. A different kind of memory
I have no definitive answer or advice on the back of these ramblings....just merely thinking out loud...
I love a smile. A smile can say a million different things. A genuine happy smile, a cheeky smile, a nervous-half smile, a polite smile, an embarrassed smile to name a few. However, I'm going to go against the norm and say that my absolute favourite images aren't the 'posed' and smiley ones. I absolutely love the natural images......the frown on a child's forehead as he's lining up his toy soldiers or the little fat rolls as he sits there in just a vest! All equally amazing moments to capture for keeps (in my opinion of course). I love too the macro shots that I try to include in my shoots where possible, which are really close up pictures of your child's lashes, lips, fingers or toes! Little bits of your child you so quickly forget as they so quickly grow.
So here...just for you are some lovely macro shots that I just love, love, love!