I have really been working a lot with Flattery on photography lately for a couple of reasons. One, I felt like Bunny needed a break, even though she would never ask for one. Also, I know that Flattery needs the work, both mentally and because she wants to participate, too. She’s been waiting on the sidelines for a long time and she still makes me laugh when she looks surprised that I want her to pose instead of Bunny. She’s working hard to be the next top model and I think she’s well on her way.
I look at the pictures I’ve taken of her in the last few months and I can see a lot of growth in her, as well as a better partnership forming between us. I’m not sure she and I will ever have the understanding that Bunny and I do, but I think we’ll work out our own style of working together. I think a lot of the progress we’ve made is invisible, but I feel it developing there.
One of the things I’ve always loved about Flattery is her incredibly expressive face. You never have to wonder about what she’s thinking or has her attention. She’s not going to win any poker matches. It’s true that she will put on an innocent face, but it’s more comical than convincing. I’ve been looking forward to taking pictures of her for a year in part because of that adorable face.
Imagine my surprise lately when I’ve noticed that she’s starting to put on her game face for pictures. I love the “pretty” pictures of her, but it’s not quite who she is. I’m not sure if she’s taking this top model gig too seriously, growing up on me or just having fun at my expense. I wouldn’t put it past her to play with my head.
In the last week, she’s started something new, which is not looking at me or the camera. She’s going for the dreamy, introspective look, I suppose. No matter how much I try to cajole her, she remains stubbornly fixed on gazing into the distance. I know how to change it. If I bring treats back into the mix, I’ll have her undivided attention, but it comes with a price, too. She gets so fixated on the treats that she can’t concentrate on anything else. It tends to short circuit her brain. Somewhere, there’s a happy balance of treats and Flattery’s attention, I just have to figure out what it is.