In Shanghai, there was a little boy with cleft lip/palate. Early in the assessment process I snap a quick photo of the child with a whiteboard that contains their information – a basic “ID” photo. These are not wonderfully thought out portraits! One little boy approached with the usual apprehension. As I raised my camera, he instantly opened his mouth and tipped his head back. I would drop the camera…he would close his mouth and tip his head forward. We did this little dance about 6 times…like we were absolutely connected. I was able to snap a quick shot without raising the camera up fully (I’m sneaky that way!) and he moved on. A bit later, I noticed Erin interacting with him…and the same connected dance of camera and mouth ensuing. She would try to lift his chin to indicate to close his mouth - we love seeing those beautiful smiles – and I think she was finally able to grab the shots she needed.
|This is the same little boy, he just took his jacket off and warmed up after a little playing with balls!|