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Today at a horse event there was a very large group of Japenese photography school tourists. For some reason they kept taking pictures of my dd. She was not in the show, or even dressed cute. It might be her hair and eye colour...Im not sure why she was so popular.<br>
I would have asked why, only I did not know until afterwards when my dd told me they kept going up to her and asking "can I take your picture?" and she kept saying 'yes', lol, little bugger.<br><br>
Last year at this event I caught a man taking her pic, I was all "argh! who are you?"<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">- turns out he was a photographer for two magazines. I don't remember the one magazine, but the other was National Geographic. He did have credentials and a waiver for me to sign. She was not dressed nicely then either <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
Anyhow, I just thought it funny that she is a tourist attraction <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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my son is too. i can't go to the park without someone taking his picture. i finally put the squash on it. without waivers and contact information (and now, compensation), no photos of my kid.
 

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Last year for Halloween I had a few houses ask to take my DS's picture when we went to their house for trick or treat night. He did have a really awesome Freddy Kreuger costume, though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> He was wearing a mask (and we weren't in our own neighborhood anyway) so I let them.
 

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When I was a kid my sister and I both had seriously blonde hair and big blue eyes. We were visiting my aunt in Germany and kept getting accosted by Japanese tourists who would actually reach out and touch our hair and then wanted to take our pictures. I always assumed it was the hair/eye thing since it seemed like they couldn't keep their hands off it!
 

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My Dds get their picture taken a lot by strangers/tourists. I just take it in stride and consider it a complement.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Most of the time, its all innocent and the cameras are typical point and shoots. I wouldn't allow a professional to take our/their picture though without consent and information provided.
 

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My blue-eyed, fair-skinned, fair-haired baby has had her picture taken by Japanese tourists at Disneyland. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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This happened to us as well with ds, when he was about 6yo, and he has brown hair and brown eyes. He and I were in a restaurant, just eating lunch, and a group of Japanese men started pointing and trying to engage him, even though they spoke no English. Then they started taking pictures. At first ds1 was okay with it, although I was wary. Quickly they started putting their arms around him and having the other ones take their picture, and I nicely told them that that was enough pictures.
 

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We see a fair amount of Asian tourists in our community and they always want pics of my blond, blue-eyed ds1. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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People visiting the botanica gardens here (where we used to go all the time, got a membership) are often photographers and would want to take DD's pic. The best part was, they'd give me their card and I got lots of great high quality pics of DD in a beautiful setting out of it! But I never got a bad vibe from any of them, and I know what it feels like when I do get that vibe (one time at a park during playgroup we all ran off one guy...), so I've been fine with it.
 

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We had a similar exp. on a trip to Italy one year. I stayed outside of yet another church, with ds & dd who were 5 & 18 months at the time. dd was wearing a very cute columbia jester fleece hat in shades of blue and running around the piaza. An older asian couple were watching her & the grandfatherly gentleman started trying to capture dd on film. It was very comical b/c she was running & dodging, totally oblivious of his attempts. Ds noticed after a while & got rather protective, he kept jumping in front of his sister to block the picture. Then ds came & got his fisher price 35mm camera and very aggresively took the man's picture. It was so funny. We still have that gentleman's picture, he was smiling & totally oblivious to my son's attempt at revenge. LOL
 

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We had a person at a park ask if they could take DDs pictures, but she said that she wouldn't photograph their faces. My two DDs (age 4 and 2) and DH's 3yo granddaughter were frolicking naked in a park lake, with the mountains in the background. A woman there with her daughter asked us if we were Germans or liberal Americans LOL. She had a slight German accent. She said that in Germany you see naked children all the time, but not in America, and she lamented how her own toddler DD refused to take her clothes off in public.<br><br>
Funny thing is, when school started again in the fall, that same woman was there enrolling her DD. LOL. She was like "I was the crazy woman who asked if you were a liberal American!"<br><br>
BTW, the pictures I took that day are still some of my favorite pictures of my kids, hand down!
 

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That happened to us when we visited Vancouver, BC. There was a group of Asian tourists (I think they were from Hong Kong, but I couldn't swear to it), who were enthralled by ds and asked to take his picture about 10 times. He was 2 at the time, and had v<a href="http://www.netinteraction.com/thomas/sittingdown.jpg" target="_blank">ery light blond hair</a> and <a href="http://www.netinteraction.com/thomas/readyforpuddles.jpg" target="_blank">beautiful blue eyes</a>. I had to agree that he was the world's most adorable child.
 

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I'll add that this happened on our last trip to London, too. Dd and I had just grabbed a couple of sandwiches at Pret a Manger and were sitting on a bench facing the Thames outside of the Tower of London eating. This group of Korean tourists coming out of a tour came up and just started fussing over dd and each one wanted a picture with her. They were so sweet! She patiently sat with each one to get a photo snapped... then I got a photo of her with all of them together. She thought it was fun.<br><br>
We've had a few times that she's had a snapshot taken for things like newspapers and local mags where we've signed a release, but in general, people don't just randomly take photos of her.
 

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Actually, there is no law in North America forbidding picture taking of strangers in public, including your son. I realize you're in NZ now, and it might be different there, but here there's nothing stopping a photographer.
 

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we had some friends who took their blond haired blue eyed little boy around asia and told us how people stared/gawked at him all the time and everyone wanted a picture of or with him. Kind of bizarre but they didn't really mind. It was totally just in amazement, nothing creepy
 

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wow, it is not so random eh?<br><br>
I have always wanted to shoot some pictures of the local mennonites, but thought it would be rude.Now I am thinking it is probably a normal request.
 

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It happened to my oldest dd all the time when we lived in Hawaii. She had white blond hair, very tan skin and startling blue eyes. I used to joke to dh tha we could have set up a booth and charged a dollar to let tourists take her picture.
 
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