Say cheese

“Smiling is infectious,
you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.”
― Karen McLendon-Laumann


Captured when these kids were playing around in the temporary stage erected for the performances during the Ganesh Chathurthi festival at my friend’s housing community. They were so happy to be photographed. It first started with the kid on the right. I was watching them play and when he saw me I smiled and he reciprocated and went about playing. When I was contemplating if I should take one casual picture of theirs, he turned around. When he saw that I was ready with my camera he got ready with a pose. He then urged his friends to join him too.  And yes, I showed their photos to them and got their ecstatic approval.

I realized that I am growing to enjoy capturing their beautiful smiles and their enthusiasm. I might have to do it more often and whenever I get the opportunity.

Update: I posted it on Thursday night IST time, and when I saw today’s Weekly Photo Challenge, I realized that I could use the post for the same. So here it is, republishing it for this week’s Photography challenge theme: Humanity.