Smile-Inducing Portraits of People Lost In Daydreams and Happy Thoughts


Photographer Alexandra Sandu is on a mission with her photos: she wants to put a smile on people’s faces and make people who see her images feel good about their lives. Since September 2009, Sandu has been working on a portrait series titled Daydreamers.

For each of the portraits, the photographer asks her subject to close his or her eyes and think about something beautiful. The instruction is reminiscent of Peter Pan: “Just think happy thoughts.”

The resulting portraits are somewhat different since you can’t actually see any eyeballs, but the pleasant and happy expressions on the subjects’ faces certainly have smile-inducing powers.















So far Sandu has collected more than 1,000 of these daydreaming portraits. You can find more of them over on the project’s site and on its Facebook page.

Thanks for sending in the tip, Romeo!

Image credits: Photographs by Alexandra Sandu and used with permission

  • John Kantor

    Let’s turn life into a series of (overexposed) Stock Photo images.

  • eraserhead12

    … I couldn’t help but think these photos were missing a Shutterstock watermark

  • Fanechka Bronson

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  • Gregor_Albrecht

    Contrary project idea: orgasm faces.

  • Erik Lauri Kulo

    So over 1,000 of these portraits and all we get are white people?

  • 9inchnail

    Yes, because black people don’t have dreams. Didn’t you know that?

  • Ingemar Smith

    I thought the same thing but it is a Bucharest, Romania project so I don’t think that is the fault of the artist. Now she could intentionally include but if I were Black in Bucharest I probably would be more interested in figuring out how to get out than in a ‘daydreaming’ project.

  • ripley

    I’ve never seen a group of people look so boring until this very moment.

  • Monteraz

    Probably you wont find blacks easily in Romania, but there are gypsies, immigrants, muslims, etc

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  • Abigail Smycken

    These look really fake and cringeworthy. Who daydreams or gets lost in thoughts with their eyes closed? They remind me of laxative or toilet paper commercials when they want to show “relief”. Somebody said they look like stock photos; they are right.

  • Andreea

    In a world of sad faces and angry people Alexandra invited people to dream. Congratulations, Alexandra!

  • maria

    Ingemar you are almost right:). You ee..we do not have so many Afro-Americans in Bucharest or Romania and if they were near Alexandra’ photo project probably they did not know…Bucharest it’s not that bad ..actually it ia very nice city ..why do you say they would have try to figure out “how to get out?” “:)

  • mina

    ok, don’t call it day dreaming…call it “think at something beautiful..your own beautiful ” do you still see it as laxative add? i think you are exagerating

  • Abigail Smycken

    I just don’t like it, it’s a big cliche. Different people have different opinions about things and other people need to deal with that when they go public with their art. That’s how society works.

  • Mileni ++++

    I wish I could SEE the expressions, but can’t, since the photos are completely overexposed!