I mentioned before that the older one isn’t so into having her photograph taken these days. I always hated having to stop whatever we were doing as kids (or as grownups)to stand still and smile for the camera, so I try not to make the girls do that too much. But oftentimes an entire weekend with their grandparents will go by and we don’t have a single photograph of them together. This weekend I was determined to capture at least a few.
We were waiting on our food at the garden on Saturday, and E and my dad were sitting next to each other. I pulled out the camera, but they still seemed far apart in the frame. They had been laughing together as they talked, but it wasn’t really translating through the lens. I asked E to get up and stand nearer to her grandfather, but then the natural smiles were sort of lost, and they looked like the were smiling only for the camera. I tried to loosen them up a bit by telling them they didn’t have to look at me and smile. They immediately started staring at each other with these very intense, serious looks. Trust me when I say that both of them truly delight in giving me exactly what I want… particularly when it can be delivered with a hefty dose of wry humor or sarcasm.
I told them it was too bad they didn’t love each other, and then the next moment it was this. Two peas in a pod.
The other technique for happy photos? Sno-cones and popcorn.