I was down at Playa Nahualapa the other day, getting to know the area, and trying my best to get some photos of some surfers out there. I had noticed a beautiful tree standing on a point to the south side of the bay, and decided to point my camera that way to get a beautiful landscape photo. Then out of nowhere, a mother and her little niño pequeño came walking past me. The happiness they both exhibited really struck me, and it was a friendly reminder that you don’t need much to be happy..

Once he noticed me, The little boy immediately was fixated on me and my camera. And as they continued walking past me and on their way, he kept looking back, smiling and likely wondering what I was doing. I wish I would’ve stopped and chatted with them, and learned a bit more about their story. I guess this will just be a lesson to make sure to talk to my subjects more. At the end of the day, talking and connecting in some way is how you and we build community and trust in each other, and that’s what it’s all about.