Note to photographers:

When your subject bites through her lip,  the shoot is over.

I was shooting a charity program for the homeless shelter here this morning when one of the ten kids tripped up the playground stairs and bit through her bottom lip. She started crying right away, but I was RIGHT behind her and thought “Oh, she’s just skinned her knee.” Then she turns around and is GUSHING blood. Oh, it was bad. I yanked the poor kid up and she’s got her hands over her lip, but she’s still covering herself and me in blood. I rushed her out to her mother who was unconcerned until she saw the girl’s lip, which obviously needed stitches. Since they’re homeless though, she didn’t have a car. Poor baby had to wait 30 minutes for a cab to get there so they could go to the ER. Luckily, the girl was fine (as fine as you could get with a gigantic hole in your face) about it all, quit crying not even 5 minutes after it happened. Her mom (5 kids and 6th on the way) was all pragmatic about it too, thank goodness. I was calm, but I don’t think I could have handled a crying mom and the little girl. I just hear back from them; she ended up with 17 (!) stitches.

I can now add this to my list of interesting things that happen on/during photo shoots.