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(Don’t) Say Cheese…

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I read recently that people used to not smile in photographs because it was a formal occasion….

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…this was not the day of the point and shoot. Getting your portrait taken was expensive……

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…..something you would likely only do once or twice in your entire life.

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You also had to sit very still because the exposure took so long. Holding the same smile for a long period….

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…was not so simple. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but I still prefer portraits where a person is not smiling. My husband does too. In photographs, our babies only grin if they feel like it which seems so much more natural, like they are being themselves in front of the camera though both of them do so love to pose….

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