Pete & I recently spent a fun afternoon taking pictures of young Will & his lovely mother & Grandmother. His mum Lisa was convinced Will must have been our most challenging client to photograph yet, simply because he didn’t stand still very much. He ran, he ran and he ran some more… generally in the direction of the pond. He kept us on our toes. It took all four of us to make sure he didn’t get in that pond. We had to move at his pace & snap pictures at any chance he gave us. Eventually I was taking pictures of him in front of a some long green grass, all decked out in his cute overalls, when out of no where he actually stood still. Then not only did he stand still, but he beamed. He clapped his hands & he smiled at the camera. I had no idea what had brought this on, but I had no time to question it, I just kept snapping. Then I commented to his mum about how much he was suddenly loving the camera. Lisa looked at me & said, “well if you look behind you, you will see why”. I turned to see a group of tourists with big cameras all snapping pictures of Will at once. He had his own paparazzi going on back there….. and he was loving it! He wasn’t smiling for me, he was smiling for them! My favourite thing about taking pictures of younger children is that they don’t have pretend smiles. They only have real emotions & real responses. Everything they do is real. Will really ate the fruit he was given, he really walked down the dirt path, he really giggled with his mum, he really put his face close to his grandmothers, he really enjoyed himself. Thanks for spending an afternoon with us Lisa, Elaine & Will. It wasn’t a challenge, it was a joy.