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No You May Not Photograph My Baby

photoI know the title of this post may sound weird coming from the mother that posts endless photos of her children on the internet. But I am the one sharing them of my children and I have (some) control of where they end up. But having a stranger randomly take a photo of your baby when you have no idea what will happen to it?

Last night after a long day of traveling from Florida, I was waiting with the girls to get our luggage. It was the very last leg of our trip before we got in the car to go home. I was tired, the girls were tired, and everyone was a bit cranky. For some reason our luggage was taking an unusually long time to come out. Avery was in her stroller and started fussing. Harlan and I were doing whatever crazy things that we could do to pass the time and get her to laugh.

After a couple of ridiculous moves, Avery starts laughing hysterically. Other people around would look at her and smile as she laughed. (Because there is really nothing cuter than the sound of a baby laughing.) As this man was leaving the baggage claim, he takes out his phone and begins to try to take a picture.

At first I thought he might be taking a picture of our stroller. The sidekick/skateboard that is attached for Harlan to stand on gets a lot of attention. When he couldn’t get his original shot, he then stuck phone in her face to take a picture. My initial reaction was to cover my hand over Avery’s face and just started yelling at him to stop. I tried to push his hand out of her face so that he couldn’t get the shot.

I then told him that he could not take a picture of her and that it wasn’t cool to just start taking random photos of other people’s kids. It completely creeped me out. I have no idea what his intention was or what he was planning on doing with the photo, but either way I was not at all okay with it. Even if he asked to take a picture of Avery, I would have told him no. It’s just weird when people want to take photos of babies that they don’t even know.

Although it wasn’t that big of a deal, I was completely freaked out for the rest of the night. Did I overreact by yelling at him? Maybe. But as any mother would say, “Don’t mess with my kids, man.”

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