Logically, angliholic, yes. Photos don't smile. But it would not be an uncommon usage. I'd suggest a non-native should avoid it as inaccurate - and therefore poor communication.Wouldn't it be more sensible to say a photo of my pretty blonde smiling mum? What's your viewpoints?
In colloquial English, I suppose you could say it this way and be understood, because people will know that 'smiling' relates to 'mum', and not somehow to the actual photo. But to be really accurate, I agree with your suggestion (and have added the commas).Dylan was looking at the opposite page, where there was a smiling photo of my pretty blonde mum holding the world's ugliest dog.
Wouldn't it be more sensible to say a photo of my pretty, blonde, smiling mum? What's your viewpoint