Mom Charged With Attacking Photographer for Taking Photos of Her Kids

camera photographerA 32-year-old mom named Victoria M. Torres was arrested in Springfield, Massachusetts earlier this week after assaulting a 22-year-old student. The reason? The girl was snapping pics near a water park for a "photography class project," and Torres confronted her, "demanding in a threatening manner" that she delete any pictures containing images of her children, according to law enforcement. Apparently, the photographer was beaten by Torres, who also tried to take the woman's camera and equipment. Yow.

While any mom would be unnerved by the idea that a stranger had taken photos of her children, it definitely seems as though this mom took her concern way too far.

It's one thing if you're afraid your child may be photographed when you're on private property, at your home, for instance, or even when they're playing on a school playground at recess. That might warrant a freak-out (albeit probably not one nearly as violent as what occurred here). But in a public place, you can't help but surrender to the fact that people are out and about and equipped with smartphones that have cameras and perhaps even advanced photography equipment.

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In turn, you can't help but accept the fact that your child may be in a LOT of photos, whether you like it or not. And more often than not, it's a completely innocent occurrence; nothing that could put your child in harm's way. Of course, imagining the worst possible scenario (that a child abductor is keeping tabs on your little one) is heart-stopping for a parent. But it doesn't mean you can flip out on anyone with a camera in a public place -- or keep your kids in a bubble at home.

That said, there's no denying Torres really crossed the line. With hope, she's not only doing time for the assault, but she's able to get help that assuages her irrational fears.

How do you feel about the inevitability that your kids will be photographed in public?


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jkp-buff jkp-buff

"While any mom would be unnerved by the idea that a stranger had taken photos of her children"

No. Just no. Stop being so paranoid. I can't believe the number of people who agree with the spirit that taking pictures is wrong and only think the mom went too far in trying to stop the photographer.

When you're in public, you have no expectation of privacy. No one needs your consent to take your photo and use it however they want.

How many of you consume tabloids where the paparazzi take photos of celebrities and their kids every time they step outside. Do you really think they have to get permission first? And pictures of celebrities are actually worth money. No one cares about a photo of your precious little snowflake.

When you read news articles or watch news on TV, or documentaries, they often show "B roll" clips or videos, of random people doing whatever activity the news story is about. Story about the beach, they take footage of people at the beach, and they don't need anyone's consent to air the video as part of the nightly news.

People really need to get over this irrational paranoia about people taking pictures of your kids.

jkp-buff jkp-buff

Photography can be art too. Think of all the iconic images we have where photographers captured spontaneous moments in public. Think of the sailor kissing the nurse at the end of World War II. Many men claimed later to be the guy in the photo, but the photographer never even got names for his subjects, let alone asked their consent to take the photo.

The expectation that someone needs to ask you first before taking a picture in public is what is wrong.

jkp-buff jkp-buff

One time my brother and his toddler were on the front page of our local newspaper - a photo of them playing together at the water park accompanied an article about the renovations at the local water park. They didn't even notice the photographer was there. They certainly were never asked for permission or even needed to sign anything authorizing its publication.

Were they upset? Of course not. They clipped out the photo and hung it on the fridge. It was a really good picture. Stop being so paranoid, everyone!

nonmember avatar Beth

"Did you take the time to think that maybe she is protecting her kids from something else? Like and abusive ex? You never know"

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that I "know" that the abusive ex won't be looking at the photography class project. And if he did (is he the professor, or what?) he would know that the kids were at the water park one day this summer. If he even lives in the area, he has to know where children gather and that they may actually be at the water park on occasion. If he doesn't, he's pretty stupid and probabl shouldn't even be the professor of a photography class.

TheSi... TheSilence

If I saw someone without children at a water park snapping pictures of children I would confront them too!

Kattey Kattey

Yeah, I'm reading a lot of paranoia in this thread. Has it really come down to people can't take pictures in public because children might be in them? We're talking about a girl taking pics for a college class. Good God, people.

nonmember avatar American Expat

This is your "American Exceptionalism" perfect America LMAO! I've been to 80+ countries, and the only other places where photographic kids was a problem were those in control by ultra fanatical Muslims. Even moderate Muslim countries had no issues with children being photographed. Welcome to the America you all created lol. USA! USA! USA!

nonmember avatar David

That mom stepped way over the line. Nobody, including children have any expectation of privacy in public. And no cop with any respect for the laws he is charged with enforcing would arrest somebody for taking pictures of or included children.

Zenezzy Zenezzy

It is legal in every state to take pictures of anything and anyone in public places.  Using the pictures to make money publications is where asking permision comes in.  Her kids pictures might not even be in the pictures.  I don't have children but I have shown up at pools and taken pictures of neices and nephews, and the children of friends and no one has ever confronted about taking pictures.  Once a mom noticed and asked if I would mind taking a few pictures of her kids and emailing them to her.  

I tried to find out if the woman's kids were even in the pictures but that info isn't available.  I did find out that the mom worried about he kids in the pictures fled on foot and the police arrested her the park but no mention on if her kids were with her or what the police did them when she was arrested.

the4m... the4mutts

You guys talking about "paranoia" maybe need to stop and think:

What if it were just some random dude, taking pictures of kids? You would all be up in arms that he's some sort of perv taking pictures for his spank bank.

Just because this is a female CLAIMING to be doing a project for college, doesn't make it any less creepy.

People SHOULD ask permission before photographing kids.

And I know that in my town, police will respond to calls about suspicious behavior in places like parks and places near schools. I have experienced this first hand. 911 was called when some random dude stopped to say hello to my DD through a metal fence at her kindergarten playground. "Hello" was all that was said. But because he stopped to say it, police responded and had me take my girl home for the day. Just in case.

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