52 Smiles - Ben Bowens

Every week in  2017 I will feature a different person's smiling face. Science tells us that seeing a person's smile will elicit a smile in the viewer. This project aims to make everyone smile as much as possible. If that doesn't work, I'll at least get to make some pretty sweet portraits of friends, family, co-workers, and people I encounter every day. Check back each week for your dose of happy!

Tomás Bowens, 6 months, baby

What makes you smile?


December 22, 2017

Lisa Pomerantz, 54, Artists' Representative

What makes you smile?

"My girls, our family, and the ability to contagiously make a stranger smile by looking them in the eyes and genuinely smiling first."

December 16, 2017

Michelin Cahill, 30, Intake Attorney, ACLU PA

What makes you smile?

"My work, my boys, and my life."

December 8, 2017

Anthony Mangini, 32, Writer

What makes you smile?

"Old ladies with green hair and little girls who use the word 'superb'"

November 30, 2017

Carol Petraitis, 65, Student of life

What makes you smile?

"The three guys in my life."

November 17, 2017

Wright Gatewood, 25, Musician

What makes you smile?

"The gravitational pull of an unexpectedly serendipitous moment makes me smile. The more people included, the faster the corners of my mouth start reaching for the roof"

November 30, 2017

Jamie Pauls, 35, Member Engagement Manager

What makes you smile?

"My cat when she is licking her paws and talking."

November 10, 2017

Kelli Coyle, 29, Development Operations Manager - Anthropologie

What makes you smile?

"Coming home to my two awesome boys after a work trip. So many slobbery kisses from Ruxin... and Mike :)"

November 10, 2017

Elisa Bowens, 31

What makes you smile?

"Watching my kids hug each other makes me smile every time."

October 20, 2017

Dan Bowens, 37, A Decent Fella

What makes you smile?

"When my children read to each other."

October 27, 2017

Megan Cribbs, 33, Lawyer

What makes you smile?

"DIY projects; Em's (cheesy) puns; wild flowers"

October 6, 2017

Reggie Shuford, Executive Director

What makes you smile?

"The ocean and sunshine!"

October 13, 2017

Trisha Graham, 40, Business and Operations Manager

What makes you smile?

"My kids, Max and Lexie, make me smile!"

September 22, 2017

Emily Hurwitz, 33, Family Medicine Doctor

What makes you smile?

"Movies on the deck with Meg, hummus and pilates."

September 29, 2017

Danielle K Sanislow, 32, Registered Dietitian

What makes you smile?

"Sunshine, sunsets, and the peacefulness of the ocean waves."

September 8, 2017

Chris Gibbons, 35, Wealth Manager

What makes you smile?

"What makes me smile are the great moments of life that seem to only get richer and more profound the further away from them we grow."

September 15, 2017

Waqar Rehman, 34, Full-time law student

What makes you smile?

"Running, pancakes, and '90s hip-hop"

August 25, 2017

Sara Mullen, 45, Associate Director, ACLU of PA

What makes you smile?

"Not having my picture taken, my amazing kiddo, and my neurotic but loving dog."

September 1, 2017

Naiymah Ariana Sanchez, 33, Community organizer

What makes you smile?

"Creating change for transgender individuals make me smile.  Coming home to my 3 dogs and my fat cat always makes me smile.  Fighting for the civil rights of everyone makes me smile."

August 11, 2017

Jess Sharp, 30, Wine & Spirit Sales

What makes you smile?

"Seeing other people smile, my family, my dog, and I guess a really nice bottle of wine."

August 18, 2017

Lyne Pitts, 62, Retired Journalist

What makes you smile?

"My sons, Ben and Dan, have always made me laugh harder than anyone. My beautiful grandkids make me smile!"

July 28, 2017

Ayo Patterson, 36, Emergency Room RN/Entrepreneur

What makes you smile?

"People make me smile... and I'm going to see Dave Chappelle tonight. He makes me smile!"

August 14, 2017

Anita "Honey" McCormick, 89, Retired Teacher

What makes you smile?

"Seeing my grandson makes me smile"

Note: Honey is my grandmother and I didn't influence her answer in any way :)

July 14, 2017

Jenna McElroy, 31, Major Gifts Officer

What makes you smile?

"Seeing someone else smile always makes me smile, and of course, puppies!"

July 21, 2017

Cindy Solano Bowens, Social Work/Education

What makes you smile?

"People in my life that I'm grateful for!"

Jul 5, 2017

Mitch McCormick, 55

What makes you smile?

"Chocolate cake and a glass of milk."

July 7, 2017

Kitty McCormick, 53, Social Worker

What makes you smile?

"My 10 year old puppy makes me smile...a lot!"

June 16, 2017

Jeff Haas, 66, Retired HS English Teacher

What makes you smile?

"The excitement of re-inventing my life"

June 23, 2017

Cory-Alice Andre-Johnson, 29, Graduate Student

What makes you smile?

"My husband (Julien) twerking and then probably some combination of motor neurons and facial muscles" :)

June 1, 2017

Alvin Bowens, 67, Video Editor

What makes you smile?

"The view at tunnel view in Yosemite - Mateo & Sabina doing their twirly dance."

June 9, 2017

Georgia Castellano, 30, Creative Director

What makes you smile?

"The sound of my son giggling, my wiener dog Zelda, and a couple of other things."

May 19, 2017

Julien Dourlen, 32, Physical Education Teacher

What makes you smile?

"My 200 students and my family."

May 26, 2017

Steffi Aspero, 31, Mom of 3

What makes you smile?

"Coffee, my silly twin toddlers, and alone-time."

May 5, 2017

Mariana Argenziano, PhD , 32, Postdoctoral Fellow

What makes you smile?

"You make me smile, Jackson makes me smile and funny animal videos!"

May 9, 2017

Brendan Mance, 32, Financial Analyst

What makes you smile?

"My wife, my dog, family and friends and maple syrup."

April 21, 2017

Ryanne, 7

What makes you smile?

Ryanne (Rainbow Dash) - "When my mom says funny things."

April 26, 2017

Hillary Kleppel, 31, High School Math Teacher

What makes you smile?

"Being in the Sun on the sand on any vacation and coming home to my boys"

April 6, 2017

Ahmad Mahmoud, 30, Otorhinolaryngology Resident

What makes you smile?

"Not being on call."

Note:  o·to·rhi·no·lar·yn·gol·o·gy - (noun) the study of diseases of the ear, nose, and throat.

April 13, 2017

Lindsey Parkes, 31, Robotic Oncologic Physician Assistant

What makes you smile?

"My dog, Meatball."

Note: Meatball makes me smile, too! :)

March 24, 2017

Jarret Kleppel, 33, Director of Strategic Business Planning

What makes you smile?

"My kid on the way!" 

March 31, 2017

Mike Coyle, 28, Claims Adjuster

What makes you smile?

"Crushing my enemies and hearing the lamentation of their women." 

Note: Mike plays lots of video games

March 10, 2017

Kyle Beatty, 40, IT Support Specialist

What makes you smile?

"Funny pictures of our President."

March 17, 2017

Jim Samilson, 27, Territory Sales Manager

What makes you smile?

"Driving sideways on dirt roads."

February 24, 2017

Elizabeth Pease, 27, Closing Coordinator

What makes you smile?

"I guess anything with water. Being in the water and playing in the water. Even shower time is sacred for me, it's where I feel most comfortable (not the shower, just water in general)." 

March 3, 2017

Peggy Curchack, 68, Grants Coordinator

What makes you smile?

"Random encounters with unexpected wonders – like the time we were in Manhattan, at 66th and 5th Ave, and a workman in an open manhole on the corner was blowing bubbles from a bubble wand. Or a really good poem. Or Winnie the Pooh. Or the sight and sound of the ocean. Or a baby zebra!" 

Note: Peggy invited me to "see the picture of the baby zebra that I keep in my desk to make me smile" :) 

February 10, 2017

Sabina, 3 & Mateo, 1

What makes you smile?

Her: Tickles from the tickles monster.

Him: Hide-and-seek. Peek-a-boo.

February 17, 2017

Liz Green Schultz, 30, Law Student

What makes you smile?

"I've become a law nerd, so, thinking about justice and getting to join the work as an attorney soon"

January 27, 2017

Jacque' "Sci-Fi" Scott, 27, Barber

What makes you smile?

"My growth, my success and my faith in God"

Note: Check out AnotherPlanetBarberShop

February 3, 2017

Kelsey Woida, 25, Social Worker

What makes you smile?

"Most things. I think I'm a pretty toothy person"

January 13, 2017

Rain Benson, 13, Student

What makes you smile?

"My mom always makes me smile" 

Note: Her mother is my coworker and she was standing in the room. I think Rain's smile validates her comment.

January 20, 2017

Ben Bowens, 32, Photographer

First up, ME! I find that I rarely smile at myself when I look in the mirror and so it's not often that I get to see my own smiling face.  Also, since I'm going to be subjecting other people to this close up portrait, I might as well force myself to endure it all the same. Here's to a happier 2017!

January 1, 2017

Lauren Marsh, 30, Lawyer

What makes you smile?

"I'm pretty much laughing and smiling all the time. I don't know why, but everything makes me laugh... Smiling is my default"

January 6, 2017

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