Last night I was reading a few pages in the baby book What’s Going on in There?: How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life. I started it ages ago, but these days I only seem to be able to read about three pages a day! The few pages in question were about “social smiling”.
Did you know that true smiling isn’t voluntary? I didn’t!
According to the author, Lise Eliot, while you can consciously command the muscles of your mouth to smile, true smiles “involve a specific muscle that surrounds the eye, the orbicularis oculi, and movement of this muscle is entirely involuntary.” Therefore, to truly smile you need to engage your limbic system, which essentially means you need to be amused!
I guess Tyra Banks was right when she said to smile with your eyes – smize! I got to thinking about it, and I realized that some of my favorite blog photos were taken when I was having fun with my husband or laughing at myself while I was throwing silly poses in front of the tripod.
Maybe I’m flexing my orbicularis oculi here?!
I definitely am here!
So, the take home is that you can either practice “smizing” to get those perfect blog photos or just make sure to have a bit of fun when you’re in front of the camera.
And, to me, having a bit of fun is inherently more … fun, right? The more you know!
Anyway, I couldn’t help but share. Also, I think I’m going to try to bring back the Science of Sewing series for at least this month and throw out a tiny little photography tip each week. Hopefully I can think of enough tips!
What do you think? Do you smile with your orbicularis oculi?