5-Year-Old Girl Scowls in Funny Yearbook Photo

The reason why Ceci Negron decided not to smile in the photo.

ByABC News
June 21, 2016, 2:52 PM
Ceci Negron, 5, did not smile in her yearbook photo.
Ceci Negron, 5, did not smile in her yearbook photo.
Felix Rust Photographers

— -- A Massachusetts girl has quite the yearbook photo.

Ceci Negron, 5, is posing in a beautiful red dress -- and she has a scowl on her face.

Ceci’s mom, Rebecca Negron, told ABC News she first saw the photo last Friday when her daughter brought the yearbook home from her Boston-area preschool.

“What she said to me was that one of the staff members was telling her to smile differently,” Negron said. “Ceci smiles with closed lips and looks very serious. I think they were probably trying to get her to lighten up. When she smiled it made them chuckle, which made her angry and that was the moment they captured on camera."

Ceci had the option to retake the photo on the second day the photographer was at the school but chose not to.

The photographer, Felix Rust, told ABC News he gave simple instructions to the young students.

"We basically said for each kid, ‘Do whatever you want to do,'" Rust said.

Ceci was upset about the photo at first, according to Negron, but then found the humor in it, thanks to her mom.

“I explained that people think it’s funny because it’s endearing and people think she’s funny, so she thinks it’s funny,” said Negron.

Negron got permission from Ceci to post the yearbook photo on Facebook and said the incident has fortunately sparked a larger conversation within their family.

“This has given us the opportunity to have a nice conversation about emotions and how people perceive them,” Negron said.