Photo #14: Pauline

Yesterday, Helen made her appearance in this list with a spontaneous picture in the forest. Today, Pauline drops by to say “Hello“.

Canon 5D/2, 35mm, 1/100 @F3.2, ISO 6400

During the Family Camp in the Czech Republic, we would do an evening service every day. It was a great way to bring the entire camp together each evening for some fun skits, music, and an evening message that presented the Gospel.

Pauline is the daughter of one of the camp directors. Her parents were heavily involved in the creation of the evening program, and Pauline could be seen moving about on the front row, and attentive to everything going on.

During the week, she sang to people as part of a random acts of love activity, hit a beach ball like a professional volleyball player and gave us a poem with her friend Erica one evening.

As the camp was winding down, the last evening was a celebration service with lots of music and bringing up each of the English classes and acknowledging their efforts over the past week.

While John's class was up front, I re-positioned myself in the center aisle for a better group picture. Just as I situated myself, Pauline turns to me gives me this adorable smile and pose, and that was it. I snapped the photo and went right back to taking class group shots.

When I look at this photograph, I am still stunned at how it turned out. The background is blurred just enough to draw focus to Pauline, yet enough detail to create a fantastic backdrop.

Two things make this picture incredible, and they are same two things that were present in Helen's picture – her smile and her eyes.

Pauline's eyes have a child-like sparkle that are so innocent and engaging. Equally as engaging is Pauline's smile (but without her teeth). Her smile frames her cheeks in such a way that continue to drive your eyes right back to her eyes. Don't you just want to pinch those cute little cheeks!

And that brings us to end of today's story time. I hope you have enjoyed Helen and Pauline's portraits. Tomorrow we will head back to Pskov and look at a couple of portraits that were taken there.

Have you learned anything new from this series?  You can leave a comment here.

[This post is part of my Top 25 Summer Trip Pics series.]

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