What is it with Boys and Pictures: Part 3

8.13.2013


(See also: part 1 | part 2)
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I can't decide how I feel about the fact that my thoughts on boys and pictures now has a part 3. Maybe a little sad that it's come to this. 

Enter: Case study #572 on boys and pictures

Last weekend, as previously mentioned, Jordan and I were in Springfield, IL, for a wedding. If you don't already know, Springfield is the location of the Abraham Lincoln museum and the place where Abraham Lincoln is buried. Pretty cool, no? Honest Abe. May he rest in peace.

I've been to the museum a few times now, school trips and such, but Jordan had never been, and since he's a huge history buff, I figured he'd appreciate hitting up the Lincoln tourist spots. 

We went to the museum and then headed over to the graveyard. It's hard to miss Lincoln's gravesite. That thing is large and in charge.

Out front there's a huge Lincoln bust, and I took the token tourist picture touching his nose. It's all shiny because so many people touch it. It's supposed to bring you good luck, so I'm waiting for that to kick in. Any time now...

Do you see me? How I'm smiling? That's how normal people take pictures. 

Or, you can be a boy and take a picture like this:

After we got home, I was showing Jordan the pictures from our trip, and when he saw this one he said, "That's what I looked like?"

"Yes."

"That's weird. I thought I was smiling."

Good grief. I have a serious problem on my hands if he honestly thought he was smiling. 

So again I ask: What is it with boys and pictures? I hope someone else has an answer, because I have no clue.
Allison said...

Haha, Riley is the same way. He's more than willing to take my picture, but it's so much harder to get him to pose for one. You should have seen the trouble I had taking a picture of both my dad AND my husband, posing together, this weekend. The most decent one, which I posted, still had Riley making a face.

The Pepplers said...

I am so glad someone else has this problem! The number of pictures I have of Adam and his brothers not smiling far outweigh the smiling ones. Adam is terrible at smiling and at our wedding the photographer even said, "are you not happy to be getting married? You've only smiled in a few pictures so far." Ah, boys.

Michelle Kaye said...

Hahaha! I've noticed the exact same thing! Is it so painful to look happy in photos? Why so serious all the time?

Anonymous said...

Bahahahahaha! He thought he was smiling, boys are so funny! I seriously thought they made this face on purpose.

Tara said...

Hahaha this cracked me up! I have the opposite problem any time I take a picture of my husband, he makes the goofiest, cheesiest grin he possibly can!

Helene in Between said...

Hahaha yes I love that. Michael does the same thing. Such noobs.

Ashley said...

Lol. I used to pick at my football players about this all the time! They'd post pictures of themselves on Facebook and you knew they were trying to look all tough and Tom Cruise-ish, but they really just looked kind of constipated. Boys... Bless their hearts. :)

Anonymous said...

I think they have a fear of over-doing it. Same with dressing nice, they don't want to look TOO nice so they're always a tad frumpier than they expected. Here's my strategy.... take a few, then say "Ok, just give me one really BIG smile" & every single time it ends up being the better one. You just have to trick them. (the key to any good relationship, right?)

Dara @ Not In Jersey said...

my in laws are heading there today!

Life of a Little Songbird said...

I feel ya! Boys are always so difficult when you ask them to take a picture!

Allison said...

Haha. Boys are too cool to smile.

itbritt said...

Mine is the same way!!!
Crossed arms, scruffy beard and frown!

I think maybe they spend less time in the mirror, seeing what their face looks like and practicing their smiles, maybe?

they're crazy.

Kate said...

I love this series! Seriously, what IS it with guys and not smiling? Remember how almost every other boy in the yearbook had to do a tough-guy stare? Not a good look, fellas!

Michelle Dessler said...

HAHA, Jack is the same way. His mouth moves like .2 centimeters into smile formation. PS. Your hair looked fantabulous!

Stephanie said...

I'm sorry, I have no explanation for you. The Fiance is the total opposite when I take pictures of him. He's such a ham, it's all I can do to get a normal expression out of him instead of his favorite "OMS" ("open mouth smile" - that's how cheesy he is in photos...).

Marieken Hoefnagel said...

That first picture is very impressive, and I like the shiny nose!

Brandi said...

My husband will do obnoxious things like pick his nose or scratch his fanny. Cute, right? He's a lovely example for the children.

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

Haha! My Dad and brother do the same thing!

Meg {henninglove} said...

seriously my husband can not take a decent photo because either he just wants to be goofy behind the camera or he looks not pleased with me because he is thinking not another photo didn't we take enough of these already?

Casey Aslan said...

Haha Joe can be the same way sometimes...and forget asking him to take a picture...thats WAY too much :)

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