Heartwarming Photos of Seniors Smiling Show There’s No Age Limit to Feeling Joy

Portrait Photography Smiling Senior Citizens by lya Nodia

If you’ve ever had your portrait taken, you’ve more than likely been instructed to “say cheese!” Forced or not, a smile looks great on anyone, and grinning for the camera is now an instinctive pose for many. In celebration of the smile, Moscow-based photographer Ilya Nodia was invited by Senior Group to create a touching portrait photography series of elderly ladies and gents. Titled Smile doesn't get old, the collection features senior citizens happily beaming at the camera, each revealing their playful personalities.

Nodia visited several nursing homes to find his cheery subjects, where he turned their cozy living quarters into temporary photography studios. “The usual schedule was completely disrupted,” reveales Nodia, who remembers the exciting atmosphere. Elderly ladies picked out straw hats and powdered their cheeks, while the men teased their beards and carefully positioned their medals.

Dressed in their best and ready for their close-ups, the series reveals that each subject’s winning feature isn’t their clothes, but their gleeful grins and the sparkle in their eyes. Just like the line from the Broadway musical Annie—“You’re never fully dressed without a smile!”

You can find more from Nodia’s portfolio on his website.

Moscow-based photographer Ilya Nodia was invited by Senior Group to create a touching portrait series of elderly ladies and gents called, Smile doesn't get old.

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The collection features senior citizens happily beaming at the camera, each revealing their playful personalities.

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My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Ilya Nodia.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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