America the Beautiful

© Elaine S. Robbins

America the Beautiful

Uploaded: June 25, 2002


Ascension Parish School, Minneapolis, Minnesota


bob garas June 25, 2002

wonderful capture #6254

Joan Bellinger June 25, 2002

Happy children always seem to make the best photos! #9088

Romen Vargas June 25, 2002

Hi Elaine,
Great pic, I can see this appearing in a brochure or something similar.

Good work! :) #9103

Denise M. Prichett June 26, 2002

I agree this shot could be used by the public relations department of the school. It's a timeless image. Great job! #9117

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-classic July 04, 2002

Great work, Elaine. Congratulations!! #9388

Piper Lehman July 05, 2002

Elaine, I absolutely love this image. Thought I had commented earlier, but better late than never, I guess. The red uniforms make the shot, IMHO. Red is vibrant and exciting. These kids' emotions say "red" to me. Excellent exposure and composition, too. Kudos for getting close!

p #9467

Bryan F. Peterson July 10, 2002

This is without question one of those images that sells and sells and sells-a really and truly classic stock photo of children and their innocence-
All my best-
Bryan F. Peterson #9658

Victor J. July 19, 2002

Elaine, Everything worked out great for this shot. But without the depth of field it would not be the shot it is.
Difficult subjects to get to do and compose like you want. Though a good deal of the time sometime this can be luck. Never the less great shot you took. Vic #9828

April 12, 2004

Hi, my name is Angela Ostle and I’m a programmer for the Center for Student Empowerment Center at Central Washington University. I’m putting together a program for our “Stop the Hate” program. We want to use your pictures as a means to portray the song “This Land is Your Land.” The pictures would represent the different life styles, ethnicity, cultures, etc. that live in America. If we could use this photo for our program, of course giving you full recognition, we would really appreciate it. You can email me at or if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for displaying your art work.

Thank you,
Angela Ostle
Center for Student Empowerment
Central Washington University

Elaine S. Robbins March 17, 2005

Thanks for all your kind comments. In the two years this photo has been posted, I've gotten a couple of requests to use this picture for promotions of various non-profit type urban programs. While I'm supportive of such programs, this photo was taken as a part of a college photojournalism course and I do not feel comfortable allowing third parties to use it without the explicit consent of the school or the children's parents. The school was given the images for use in its own promotions; I wouldn't want to undercut that. Thank you for your understanding! #1184547

Donna Rowley July 11, 2008

I've just seen this for the first time and think its great - I could see it a million more and it would still make me smile! Very well done! #6166512

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