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  • 5-year-old Ausar took a break from bouncing on the big yellow couch to bring me around the gallery to see the photos he was in.

    He was clearly the star of the Reception for the Family Portrait Day Exhibit at the African American Museum.

    I took out my new (and first) iPhone.

    "I've had this for two days," I said, looking from Ausar to his mom Joy, who was in some of the photos with him. "Would it be okay to practice using the camera on you?"

    They were both fine with it. So I took photos...

    ...when Ausar plopped on the couch and spun upside down.

    ...when he hung off the edge of the seat, with black rays of hair beaming from his head.

    ...when he hopped in his mom's arms and they beamed at each other.

    ...when he got bored, made a funny face, and his Mom bent down to set him free.

    Ausar was a fun moving target that my iPhone 4S captured rather well - though there were a couple of non-movies when I thought I was starting a video, but was actually ending one.

    His mom and I swapped emails, so I could send her links to the photos of her son surrounded by photos of himself and Joy.
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