In recent months, Mr. K (who used to LOVE having his picture taken as a baby) has been a bit camera shy. Over the past few days, he's been getting back into the swing of things. Part of this is due to the fact that the camera (and picture taking) has become a game that we play. He's realized that there is a screen that you can look at on the camera when taking a picture.
I realized he was beginning to understand what a camera is a few weeks ago. I had a toy hiding in my glovebox in the car from a happy meal once upon a time (see, you save them, and then bring them out when necessary to thwart a toddler tantrum in the car). This one was a camera. He was holding it out in front of him and was saying "picture" and "cheese". It really was the cutest thing.
So in making sure that i got lots of quality pics of him here in Italy, we created a game around the camera. He will pose for a picture for me (assuming he's in the mood) if i show it to him after and then he gets to snap a picture from his perspective.
Here's what i got out of him today while we were on the train ride back from Lucca. As you can see, he was actually in a participatory mood.