What's not to love about this shot? We'd been having a play at the local park, and her hair was going crazy with static every time she went down the slide. My intention had been to capture just that - the spikes of hair standing on end - but instead, I got this winning smile. Natural smiles seem to be more difficult to capture as she gets older; more often than not, I get a stiffly self-conscious grimace.
Even better, I have thirty seconds of footage that was taken not long after this photo. The girls are playing together on the slide when the sound of an ice cream truck becomes louder in the distance. There's a moment where the Faery's ears pick up, her posture straightens as she realises what the music means, and she starts jumping up and down excitedly for ice cream - and I initially say no, resulting in some petulant pleading and bottom lip protrusion.
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I was going to share this shot for Wordless Wednesday, but then I saw another one of Mama Kat's writing prompts (Share a photo you took with Instagram this week and tell us what you love about it) and realised this was actually perfect to link up with. Yes, it's been a while, and now I'm doing two in the same week - what is the world coming too? Is this cheating? Anyhow...
PS - The Faery totally got an ice cream in the end. After she carried on with some serious whining (reason enough to say no), I looked around and saw how many other kids were getting ice creams, and suddenly felt hideously mean. Too easy.