Ella Claire, Smiles, Sony and Times Square

Close to Mommy, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

A few hours earlier, after a week’s separation, 15-month Ella Claire had been reunited with her mom. She had such a determination to stay close to Mama, that when Shawnna sat down at the bar to have breakfast, Ella tucked herself into a place just inches from her mom’s feet. When I saw her and bent down to take a picture she flashed this smile.

Aren’t smiles wonderful. They carry the fragrance of magic and moonbeams and a sprinkling of star. Rivulets of healing run from a face so radiated, fairly oozing with joy and faith. A fistful of sunshine glitters over the promising flash of rainbow.
Many a traffic snarl has been uncurled by the flashing of an apologetic smile. Hardened men crumble and frustrated mothers capitulate when a testy face, of a sudden, is smeared with a toothless grin. White flags wave. Armistice is called.
Now Sony has launched a “Smiles Photo Contest” with the winners’ pictures being shown on Times Square. I’m submitting Ella’s picture, although I think it has little chance of winning, for it’s really not a great picture. The balance is poor and Shawnna’s feet are too shadowed, but it does show a riveting smile.
I’m posting the contest information here, thinking you may have an outstanding picture to share. There’s no submission cost, so see what you can find in your files. Let us all know if you submit a photo so we can be pulling for you.
Let’s flash some smiles around our part of the world today–courageous, infectious and encouraging ones.

I’m smiling right now. Jerry just climbed on a stool and held a mirror so that I could see the two blue robin eggs that are in the nest on our deck. 🙂 I’ll show you pictures later.

Winning Pictures to Be Featured on Digital Billboards in New York’s Times Square

Sony Electronics and Reuters Media have teamed up to launch the “Everyday Smiles” photo contest on Reuters.com.

Aspiring U.S. photographers are invited to submit photos of themselves, their friends and their families smiling now through June 16.

The winning photos will be displayed on the Times Square digital billboards, part of Reuters Media’s publishing platform, in the heart of New York’s Times Square.

The photo submission program promotes Sony’s Smile Shutter™ technology in its latest Cyber-shot® digital cameras.

When the smile shutter feature is activated, the camera automatically captures a smile without your having to press the shutter. The result is snapshots with natural-looking smiles and expressions.

This new contest follows the “Take Your Best Shot” citizen photojournalism campaign that the two companies launched last year, attracting more than 1,000 entries.

Entries for the Everyday Smiles contest must be received between now and June 16, 2008 and submitted online at http://www.reuters.com/smiles. Instructions for submission, along with the official contest rules, are available online at: http://www.reuters.com/youWitnessTermsOfUse.

10 thoughts on “Ella Claire, Smiles, Sony and Times Square

  1. Pingback: Ella Claire Smiles on the City « Shirley Buxton

  2. Michael

    RepGroe, I would love to talk to you about a post you made on your site about your 14 month accomplishment. I can’t get through on your blog. Would you send me a link or call. Thanks Mike Buxton 928 727 8871 Congratulations!!!!!!!!

    Mike, from her web site, I found her number: 602 926-5408


  3. Esther

    EllaClaire’s smile is precious. It’s as if the sun tipped over and spilled some radiance onto her face. You know who I’ll be voting for. Love it !

    When she flashes that smile, the room lights up.


  4. http://www.komonews.com/news/local/19339104.html

    I didn’t know how to reach you but I wanted you to see this story…perhaps it will touch you much as it did me. It is on Fox News also.

    Hi. My friend Holly sent me an email yesterday with a link to this same story. I considered blogging about it today, and now, probably will in the next day or two, because you too have thought to tell me of it.

    Thank you.


  5. Well I don’t know much about professional photography, but I’ll tell you that this is an awesome picture. One can sense Ella Claire’s emotions coming out of the screen! Love it, love, it, love it. Now let me see… I have 3 grand-children… any great smiles… got to go:)

    I’m eager to hear which ones you submit. 🙂


  6. dean

    I predict as many winners …..as entries!!

    Could be. It’s a foregone conclusion that anyone who is allowed to feast his/her eyes on such a sight is a winner.


  7. dean

    Sis.B…. I think she has a wonderful chance to win…until I post my 3 lovely granddaughters.. It looks to be a tie. Peace

    Can’t wait to see them. The great thing about this contest is that there will be many winners.


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