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My name is Melissa Howell and I specialize in custom portrait design for your home. You can visit my official photography website at to view more of my work and to contact me to set up a consultation.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Shake your bon bon!

I did a photoshoot with these two brothers down by a little creek. I had done portraits of the older one when he was much younger, and he was very uncooperative. This time, he was a little too cooperative (lots and lots of cheesy smiles). His younger brother took over the role of "I'm wholly uninterested in what this lady with the camera is trying to do, and I will not smile for anything." The only thing that would work is when his mom would say, "Shake your bon bon!" Then he'd do a one-second dance while smiling, and it was over. I had to be fast! I only got one genuine smile out of him the whole time, but I did get several sweet expressions that didn't involve teeth. Here are closeups of the two boys, plus my favorite portrait from the session.


Cindy said...

I came over from Heidi Ashworth's blog. Your work is absolutely breathtaking! I love looking at all the different layers of details and nuances. Just gorgeous!

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Heidi Ashworth said...

My goodness, you are so talented! I wish I lived closer because I think you could probably coax a good picture out of my Big Guy. Santa Fe and Mineral--is that in South Littleton? I think I have been there . ..