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I'm wondering if anyone has had an experience of strangers taking pictures of your kids when they were out in public. My family just took a beach vacation on Lake Michigan. We were in an area that is well-known for beautiful sunsets and it's not uncommon for photographers to be on the beach. My 3 YO twins were playing in the sand as the sun started to go down. There was a man on the beach taking pictures of the sun as it was settling down. The boys were running around in front of him, laughing and dancing in the sand. They were wearing identical outfits and are obviously twins. The man watched them for a few seconds and then started taking pictures of the boys playing. I noticed it, had a moment of concern, and then decided I wasn't going to worry about it too much. My husband was less comfortable with it. My husband made a comment to me about it and I shrugged it off. Sensing Tim's displeasure, the man stopped taking pictures of the boys and started to take pictures of the sunset again.
My thoughts on this were that it was probably harmless. Maybe potentially weird, but not too much to be concerned about. I do have some "gut" concern about my kids pictures ending up on perverts website, but I feel that there isn't much I can do about that short of covering their heads when they are out in public a la Michael Jackson style. I guess I would have been more concerned if we weren't at an area known for photographers hanging out (like if we were at the playground or something). I know there was a case locally of a known and convicted pedophile who was visiting playgrounds and photographing kids and he was run out of town over it. In fact, the prosecutor researched whether it was a potential parole violation (it wasn't because he didn't have direct contact and wasn't close enough to the kids (damn telephoto lenses!!)).
I just wondering what other moms thoughts on this were. Would you say something to the photographer in this circumstance? What if you were somewhere else like the mall or a park?