Have you ever heard of the Observer Effect? It states the act of observing will change the observee's behavior. Imagine every single time you stood in front of a camera. Did you stand taller? Smile brighter? Look happier? Hide the beer bottle in your hand? I bet whatever you did, you probably noticed the camera and changed, if slightly, whatever you were previously doing.
So it's rare to capture a photo indicative of who you actually are. Even when these photos do come along, they are frequently discarded as "bad pictures" because you aren't standing still or aren't smiling.
I got married in May of this year and received the rights to over 1000 photos, all perfectly perfect in their own way. But the real joy came from looking at the 500 additional outtakes photos. There were "real" photos of my family with all the facial expressions they make in "real" life. Talking with their hands, smiling crooked smiles, the way they stand slouched over, etc. No one will call these pictures complimentary but they are hilarious because they are real.
There was one photo of myself and my new husband that was absolutely perfect. I look at this photo and say "yup, that's us!" Our expressions accurately reflect our personalities, the hand gestures are dead on, even how we're standing is a perfect description of how we actually are. It's one of my prized pictures from my wedding day even though it was lumped in the outtakes pile. It's so good, I'm running a caption contest to see who can best caption this. The winner will receive a copy of The Draconis and the Stallion. The winner will be announced on Friday on my own blog herbertson.blogspot.com. Be sure to check back and make sure I have a way to contact you if you do win. Good luck!
Luke: "So you know how I got you a diamond..."
Luke: "Well that means I can keep you forever."
Laura: "Wait, what?"