It is a delight when people likes to be clicked. Yesterday, a small girl was excitedly asking me to take a picture. It was fathers day. My friend had organized a picnic to raise awareness on the psychological effect on children as a result of warring ex-spouses during and after divorce. The girl was sitting right next to her dad when she asked me to take a picture. I took her picture. Then I asked her dad to come into the frame in order to take a picture of both of them. Father and child/children. Isn't that a great theme on this day?
But the father refused. If you are surprised on hearing this, I was no different on hearing his response. The father explained to me the situation in halting English. He cannot let me take a picture. If the picture gets published, then the girl's mother can create legal issues for him. Currently, he has the custody of his child. Though it makes him happy, it also put a great responsibility on his shoulders. He need to always think twice before he makes any decision about his child even if it is a simple thing like getting his daughter photographed with him.The thinking is not only about her well being but also about losing custody.
There were many pictures I took. This response made me aware of the fact that I could not use all those heart tugging wide eyed smiles of the dads and their kids. My friend was kind enough to run around to check who had no issue in publishing the pictures. There were many who were okay about publishing.
For all the dads, who are with their family, away from their family and struggling to keep their family, here is one for you. The picture was tricky because of the boys. There were very active and jumping all around the place thereby blocking the smile or the eyes thereby ruining the shot. At the same time, it was fun. I am glad I could get this one right.