Like the post a couple of days ago, this photo was taken in the open doorway of my garage. The light was stronger on this day, so the catchlights in Joshua's eyes are so sparkly!
I always have a hard time getting Joshua to smile naturally. He tends to keep his lips together, show a little upper gum and wrinkle his chin. That's why you may see a lot of photos of him not smiling at all. I'd rather he just stare menacingly at the camera than look like.
Because while he's still adorable in that picture, it's not Joshua. Joshua is a guffaw-er. He's a smiler. He's a funny, happy kid, and that second picture doesn't show that.
So, while he was very patiently posing for me, giving me his fake smile, I started singing.
"Twinkle, twinkle, little...goat,
How I wonder if you...float."
And that's when I found his smile. His real, honest-to-goodness, happy Joshua smile.
Ahhhh. That's better.
Do you have a reluctant smiler in front of the camera? Try singing a silly song. Maybe you'll break through his mask!