I had an incident occur this week that has really affected me. I tried to just blow it off, but 3 days later, I'm still thinking about it, so obviously it's bothering me. I'm struggling with my motivation as it is, and this is not helping me at all!
One of my contacts on flickr is a very young (like under 18) woman who is very successful, even has her own non-profit organization, and specializes in modern childrens portraiture. She posted a picture of a little girl, about a year old, all dressed up as a princess, making a cheesy smile. The description on it was talking about what a terrible picture it was b/c it was cheesy, and that it was just an outtake. After I made a comment on how adorable it was, I decided to comment again and told the photog that when she becomes a mom, she'll treasure the cheesy smiles (b/c her kids will most likely suffer from P.C.S.) Getting eye contact, not to mention smiles, will be nearly impossible! Well, after she deleted my comment, she left one for me stating that she didn't mind the kids not smiling in her photos. That the mom hated the cheesy smiles and that she prefers to capture real emotion, but that that's just her. ?? I'm still a little bit dumbfounded by her statement. I don't think she meant to imply that my images aren't captures of real emotion, but one could certainly interpret it that way. Also, who says that a cheesy smile is worthless? Is that not a display of personality and joy when coming from a one year old? Even if your objective is to capture real emotion in your portraits of children, shouldn't you embrace the sometimes goofy stuff too? I don't know, it just really bugs me! I responded to her comment through a private message and apologized if I offended her in any way (not sure how I could have) and I explained to her that all I meant was that cheesy smiles are special too.
What do you think?
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