If you can dream it, you can do it!
Yelapa, Mexico, 2011
There's a little story behind this image. Yelapa, is a little coastal village accessible only by water taxi from Puerto Valllarta. There's a nice waterfall in the jungles receding away from the coast. The hike to the waterfall is dotted by many tiny villages. One of these sported a tiny coffee shop where the lady served us the best cappuccino we've ever tasted!
After serving coffee, the lady went back to chatting with her friends, while her children ran around, playful and unmindful of the tourist traffic on the trail. With the mom's permission I shot this picture of them as they settled down on a bench to enjoy a bag of cheetos. The little girl turned and looked at me just as the shutter clicked!
This image served as inspiration to my ten-year old daughter who was working on her school speech - the theme was Walt Disney's famous quote "If you can dream it, you can do it." To her it reflected the challenges faced by kids in developing countries who don't have access to basic education and schooling. Her hope is that it inspires the next generation of kids to grow up and tackle such issues as providing education to under-privileged kids.
[Some editing details: The original version showed too much of the background clutter which distracted from the main subjects. So a bit of cropping to the top and right emphasized the subjects. Finally a bit of dodging/burning to de-emphasize the sunny spots in the background made it a much stronger image.]