Sunday, May 10, 2009

A Child's Smile

Fourteen police cadets graduated from the academy on Friday. It’s always a pleasure to finally meet their families and friends. After the ceremony, I was particularly pleased to meet their lovely children. I focused on their smiles.

If you are somebody’s Mom, smile today. If you are not, smile anyway.




I see most popular or class clown in his future.




Dad’s laughing now, but will he when she’s 15?





Glad to get out of school.



Celery is her least favorite food, for over 100 reasons.


Brother laughs at his sister because she’s silly.



Smiley on his feet. Will go far in life… He’s a good kisser, too.


Happy Mother’s Day.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

Such darling little faces. I smiled because these little faces made me think of my children when they were these ages. Such sweet memories. Happy Day Mary.

Anonymous said...

What cuties they are! Definitely Kellogg's Cornflakes model material. Wonderful smiles!

What a big day for those families. Many good wishes to them!

Peg Silloway said...

As usual, Mary, you have an eye for real beauty! Happy Mother's Day to you, too.

KGMom said...

Very sweet, Mary.
Such little cuties.
Happy Mother's Day.

NCmountainwoman said...

Aw, how could you look at them and NOT smile? The little guy's suit reminds me of my own mother who bought our children clothes three sizes too large so they would "grow into them." I always had to tell them, "wear it today, but when Gramma goes home you won't have to wear that again until it fits."

Annie in Austin said...

Happy Mothers Day, Mary - it's fun to see you turn your talents to photographing children. They're kind of like your bird photos - very natural, with the action barely paused and with the subject ready to take off again.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

I miss my Mom too.

NatureWoman said...

After working with children for a year, I simply adore them, watching them, looking at their photos, talking with them, they are so wonderful! Thanks for sharing these precious children with us! Happy Mother's Day, Mary!

Kerri Farley said...

Happy Mother's Day!!

Dawn Fine said...

Such cuties...
You captured them beautifully..I am sure their parents would love the photos you took of them.
Happy Mothers Day.

JeanMac said...

Aw, Happy Mothers Day to you, too, Mary. Love the pictures.

Wendy said...

How sweet! You've captured the essence of childhood! They really are happy pictures. I think A child's smile is priceless.
Happy Mother's Day!

Naturegirl said...

Beautifull! Happy Mother's Day to you
dear Mary!

Aunt "B's" Backyard said...

That was very nice, Mary!
All of those smiles are what makes the world a much nicer place to live! Happy 'belated' Mother's Day!

Unknown said...

A smile always brings a smile, I smiled when I looked at those smiling children.

The images seem to have a color cast and I think it is because the white balance setting is in sunny mode. In this image it should be in tungsten mode. You can still correct the WB in photoshop or in simpler software like picasso.

A New England Life said...

I love this post! Such cute little kids! So happy! At least until they become teenagers. I had to snicker at the one about the dad still laughing when she's 15. If I knew what was coming with my own daughter I would have cried everyday. I hope one day she and her father can be close again. Guess that's just what happens sometimes when girls become teenagers.

I think that little boy with the suit and perpetual smile looks like the Smartest Kid in class ; )

They are all adorable!