Portrait Pose Of A Smiling Redhead

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This lady was staffing the gift shop at the Harvard Art Museums. She was friendly, knowledgeable and had the greatest red hair. It was so striking I thought it might have been “enhanced” but from her skin color I didn’t think so. Anyway I asked her to pose for a quick picture and she was happy to oblige.

It was only after we had left and were having lunch in Cambridge that I realized I should have asked her not to smile.

Why no smile you ask? Here’s the reason. A smile is pretty much a set pose. It’s reflexive and easy to do. If one is asked not to smile for a photograph, the goto pose disappears and the sitter has to fall back on something that they haven’t practiced. The results can often be much more interesting.

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JohnAmes

Bowtie Wearer With Bad Knees I spent my early years in Massachusetts in a little town called Easton. I went to Harvard, served in the Navy as Operations Officer on and LST, founded a construction company and served in the state Legislature as Assistant Minority Leader. However my life really began when I moved to Maine and opened an art gallery. I've been around the fine arts in the commercial art business for over 25 years now and loved (almost) every minute of it. I look at every day is a gift, except when it's very cold outside or I have to go to the dentist.

6 thoughts on “Portrait Pose Of A Smiling Redhead”

  1. I looked at the photo before I read your post and thought what a beautiful smile she had. I wonder what sort of expression you would’ve captured if she hadn’t been smiling?

    1. You know I’m not sure. She did indeed have a great smile. I just would liked to have seen the unsmiling version of herself as well.

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