It is a commonly known that men, for the simple fact of gender obligation, are taught to never smile for photographs. It has yet to actually be discovered where this teaching began. Maybe it was formed during the original days of the camera when people had to stand still for fifteen minutes. Thus, men and women alike were forced to stand straight faced, or risk their faces permanently being stuck in a happy complexion. When cameras got more advanced, men just couldn’t break the stone-faced mold! Women mature at a much faster rate than men and simply left them behind.
Or maybe men are just biologically created to lack the confidence to show their teeth!
Whatever the reason, creating the kind of safe environment where men feel comfortable just relaxing in front of the camera is a feat on its own! But on Valentine’s Day weekend, years of biologically engrained beliefs were overcome! I met up with Mary Caroline and Peter out in Yorktown, VA for an evening of photography, hangin’ time, and YET AGAIN, bitter and unbearable temperatures [you can see the other two here and here].
SIDE NOTE: For any men who happen to stumble upon this post, notice how happy Peter seems in these photographs! It is no longer necessary due to technology to be camera shy. Please refrain from constant frowning and enjoy getting your photograph taken.
Following our adventure in the cold, we three ventured back indoors, where we ate food prepared by our magnificently great Mary Caroline and played a computerized Axis and Allies. A very fine evening that I plan to repeat once the temperature goes back up a little bit!
So here they are! Another quick, ten minute shoot. Come Spring and come soon.