I have this theory. I believe that, in general, people are either people-shooters or thing-shooters. Are you good at shooting moving objects? Are people your thing? If so, I envy you and your talent. See, I'm a thing-shooter. I prefer inanimate objects. I like being able to take my time to consider and compose my shot. I like to check out the light, figure out my objective, and then shoot the same frame with different settings. Shift the objects around a little, shift my perspective a little, and shoot again. All of this is easy to do when the thing itself is not moving. You see, I am a thing-shooter.
But faces... faces are always changing, always shifting. What you see in one instant may be gone in the next. And, in most cases, it's not even the look a person gives you that tells you the most about her. It's the one in the split-second right before or right after that shows her true nature. You people-shooter types probably already knew this in one way or another, subconsciously or not. But for this thing-shooter, it's when I've caught one of these moments that I feel I've got a real gem.
So, my daughter has taken to posing for me lately. You know, with a hand on her hip or a silly expression on her face. On the day of this shot, she was posing with one of those noodle floaters. And as she was transitioning from one self-satisfied expression to another, I managed to catch this gem. I love it because it's one of her classic looks but one we don't see on film very much: a little mischievous, a little amused with herself, and a whole lot like her mother.
Similarly, I was drawn to this image by mamadunk for that sense of a fleeting moment, captured in time. You can't help but wonder what she is thinking about. What, I wonder, must have happened just before to make her pull this face? There's a sly look about this little girl that I recognize and I see a real promise of spunk. I'd love to see these two young ladies get a chance one day to meet and play. Don't you think they'd have a grand old time?
Thank you, muses, for having me over for a visit!
Mae at Here in This House
Devlin by mama dunk
Thank you Mae for guest musing with us today. If you'd like to know more about Mae, be sure to visit her at Here in This House. Also, if you are interested in a future guest muse role, please email us at mortalmuses9 [at] gmail.com.