Saturday, 19 April 2014


I took this last week, and I love it.

In lots of ways, it's nothing special.  A boy, and a dog.
But look at that boy's face, and his joy.

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Smiler is 12 now - 12½ to be precise, and is starting to grow up.  He understands that Eli likes his ears rubbed, and Eli knows Smiler is a safe bet, and often seeks him out.
Smiler wasn't expected to smile, but he does like to prove the specialists wrong, as you can see.

Over the years I've taken hundreds of photos of Smiler, but often pressing that button just a second or two early, or else a second or two too late.  He's turning his head, or dribbling, or staring into space - as much as I love him, photogenic he is not.  Unless you catch that split second, that instant where he is calm and happy and relaxed, and doesn't know you're pointing a camera at him.

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There are people who look at Smiler and feel pity for him.
There are people who see the things he can't do.
There are people who see the struggles he has faced.
There are people who see how different he is.

But this is my son,
the way that I see him.

Full of joy
Full of life
Full of love

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This post is linked to the weekend portrait photo linky
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  1. Real happiness. No doubt =) #expressions

  2. It's such a lovely happy shot. A photo that conveys the happiness of a moment - that's a perfect Expressions post. Thank you for joining in x


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