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10 October 2020

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 274th in our series of Saturday matinees today: Lore Photography's School Portraits.

There is probably nothing in this life quite as rewarding as making a child smile. We all go to ridiculous lengths, given the opportunity. And when that little face lights up in response, we are convinced our own life has meaning.

Loren Haar, the photographer behind Lore Photography in Ventura, Calif., does that for a living. She shoots weddings, births, family moments, elopements, you name it. Anything where real human beings -- children of any size, you might say -- are apt to crack a smile.

"For me," she says, "the joy of capturing a moment beautifully and memorably is the most exciting part of photography -- both the little moments in a family -- the bare feet and crooked headband, the milk mustache and tickle-tackle time -- and the biggest moments ever: a wedding or a birth."

In this 1:10 video the occasion is school portraits. But the students are peanuts.

It's a mix of monochrome and color shots, some with black backgrounds, some with visible backgrounds. And mixed in with the students are some sibling groupings, we think.

They brought a smile to our face, so we're sharing them with you.

In the coronavirus era, when so many grandparents haven't been able to visit their grandchildren, we half think of this as a public service.

May these little smiles put a big smile on your face.

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