Having already contracted photographers fever from the moment I took my first shot with my little Fuji point & shoot, I kept wandering off and shooting everything in sight, loosing my friends on the cruise numerous times and it was only our 2nd day in the Caribbean. Not wanting to loose me yet again, this time on an island as big as St. Thomas, they all told me in no uncertain terms to stay RIGHT WITH THEM as we walked into a large wine shop.
As fate would have it I looked out the only window I noticed in the whole darn place and spotted these boys in the alley outside, most of them posed more or less rigidly, waiting for their mom or dad to snap their picture. When I saw a few of them begin to relax and their attention start to drift away from starring, a little too stiffly for my taste, into the camera, I could see that they were about to display an honest piece of childlike behavior any second now. Face it kids are just not naturally patient. Now at this point I simply couldn't fight the urge any longer. (How can you put a camera in a photographers hands and stick an opportunity like this in front of their face and expect them NOT to take a picture??) About the time that the little boy on the far right started to stare at the man in costume instead of the camera, I raced outside, took one quick shot and raced right back inside before any of my friends could grab my arm and stop me. Heck, picture taking is what I do I can't help myself.
Whenever any parents get back from their vacation and they see a picture like this of their kids having fun, it reminds them of why they went through all that time and expense of going on vacation in the first place. I don't even know them and I'm absolutely delighted they did.
semi candidcruise 07'St. Thomaschildren