Aiden and the Pursuit of the Smile

I always measure the success of a portrait session on the amount of raw, real and (preferably) happy emotion out get out of my subjects. For the most part, this is a pretty easy task. But sometimes, just sometimes, you meet someone who is SO stoic and midwestern that it takes a little extra effort to extract a simple smile.Wee Aiden is a perfectly happy little dude. But pop that camera in front of his face, and BAM! He turns into a Norwegian farmer, in capable of showing his softer side. But, with a little coaxing and whole lot of goofing around, I managed to tear down that facade and capture a bit of the vivacious Aiden his parents know so well. Major win if you ask me :)