While teaching my sister how to use her camera, we called her son and his two friends over to be our models. They were having a World Wrestling war on the trampoline in the backyard, so we asked them to sit on the wall and have a drink while we practiced metering the shot. It amazed me how quickly they ended up laughing at one another and being so full of joy and the moment. I dimly remember those days from my childhood. You could see that they didn’t have a care in the world beyond which wrestling star was better than the other.
I was hoping for them to sit still long enough to pose for us, but they went far beyond any expectation I had. They totally forgot about the two people pointing cameras at them and talking about f stops and shutter speeds. They were more interested in figuring out if you could roll your tongue into a straw and drink from your soda without spilling anything (the boy on the right actually did that).