The emotion in the first picture of this series - at the bottom of the post - was captured accidentally. On Super Bowl Sunday I brought out all of the kids' Green Bay gear for one more wear. As Will pulled on one of his Packer shirts, he asked excitedly if the Packers had made it to the Super Bowl. When I explained that no, the Packers weren't playing that day, the authentically forlorn expression you see above passed slowly across his face. Hallie, on the other hand, just didn't feel like smiling for the camera.
Hopefully 2023 will be the year our Green Bay Packers rise to the top once more, because while I used to say that this tradition - Will and Hallie wearing their disappointment on both their faces and torsos - would continue as long as was necessary, I think this year might have been its last. Let's just say that cooperation levels decreased dramatically since last year, not to mention the fact that the emotions on the faces below - annoyance with their mother and each other - are as authentic as emotions come. 😂
Go Pack Go!
Teenagers keepin' it real.
Nothing says grumpy like cuddling a kitten.
Will brings his A-game with a swollen black eye.
Intense and unblinking.
Trying not to laugh and annoyed at the laugher.
Note the unilaterally flared nostril.
Adorably angry and trying not to smile.
Indifferent and trying to make herself cry.
The year of the toothy growl.
My favorite. Just cute.
Hallie's range of emotions is one of my absolute favorite details to capture in photos. As you probably know, she's has never had any trouble flashing a turned-down mouth and furrowed brow - staged or sincere - for the camera. Will, on the other hand, has to work really hard to make an angry face the rest of us can take seriously. He almost always bursts out laughing as soon as he hears the camera click.