Framed: Funny Face Contest

I’ve gone to a lot of weddings (obviously) and it always seems like kids are just running around everywhere. I get it. Weddings are boring adult things and the kiddos get dragged along for the family photos and then don’t know how to occupy their time when that part is finished. This usually ends up with them climbing under tables, chasing each other, or roughhousing — destroying the classy wedding clothes their parents spend all morning putting them in. Like I said, I’ve seen this a lot. I have a daughter and can totally sympathize because she does the same thing. So, this is why at weddings I like to have some fun with the kids and interact with them a bit when the adults are mingling and being…well…adults.

So, at a recent wedding, I noticed these three running around and chasing each other in an animalistic fashion. As usual, the adults were talking and catching up while all the kids were tearing around the venue and shouting at the top of their lungs. I walked around, keeping an eye on them in case something funny or crazy happened, but then a thought popped into my head, Why don’t I just make something happen? So, I cornered the boys and said something along the lines of, “Alright you wild animals, lets have a contest…which one of you can make the funniest face” They looked at me, puzzled, as if thinking this was a trick. Again, I reiterated, “Which one of you can make the funniest face? C’mon don’t be shy!” I then stuck my tongue out at them which, apparently, turned out to be the catalyst they needed. All three of them began tugging and twisting at their faces to create the silliest combinations they could imagine. Eagerly I fired away with my camera capturing one hilarious frame after another. Initially, I couldn’t get any of them to make faces at me, but once they got started, I couldn’t get them to stop! Finally I surrendered, told them I had what I needed, and encouraged them to go back to chasing one another. After a few minutes of chasing me down to see the pictures on the back of the camera, they got the hint and went back to being primitive and wailing around the venue.

It’s not a beautiful shot by any means, but it sure was a lot of fun and really captures the personalities of these wild boys. Sometimes, it is just as simple as that.

Funny Face Contest | Iowa Wedding Photographer Brian Davis