I tried to congratulate him on the nice job he was doing. I don’t think he really heard me. However, his goofy smile was fun.
We recently checked out a hot new coffee spot that has just opened near us. The verdict is still out on the quality of their gustatory offerings but, to a person, their staff was terrific. They were caring, efficient and very friendly. Here’s a quick portrait I took of a happy, young barista as he took our first order. Because I was so focused on the kid’s wide toothy grin I didn’t notice his straggly chin hair until I looked at his photograph more closely in Lightroom.
Admittedly it’s an old guy’s opinion, but I think this grubby beard somehow diminishes this kid’s otherwise perfect presentation.
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.