There was a time when it was such a joy to photograph my daughter. She had such a natural smile and a gleam in her eyes that would just connect with the camera. Even if she was a little shy at first, after talking about school and her favorite television show for a few minutes, she would be back to her exuberant self. As she got older and grew more self-aware, she grew shyer in front of the camera. Each time I tried to take a photo of her, she would stiffen up and have a pained smile on her face. This had been going on for at least 6 months.
This past week, I did a mini photo shoot of our daughter for an upcoming product review and I expected to experience the same thing. I cannot tell you how pleasantly surprised I was. She smiled, was natural and relaxed, and seemed to be enjoy herself. It was like all of a sudden she found the fun again.
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