Disclaimer: I am not sure if this question belongs to this site or to interpersonal.SE. However, I only lived the situations described below when traveling and people taking photos were for sure also tourists.
Recently, my family and I (two parents, two daughters below 3) were in Spain. We had a great time in Barcelona and then in Andalusia. However, I found myself several times annoyed by other tourists taking pictures of my children, in different ways:
- Very closely, like less than 1 metre and sometimes even bending over to take a close-up of her face while she is in her stroller.
- 2-3 metres away, for what I suppose was a global picture of stroller and child, or when the older one is walking.
- 10+ metres away, with camera and zoom-lens, when they are playing. Someone even took his lens from its bag to mount it after I asked him to not take pictures of my children when he was closer and passing by.
Each time, I kindly but firmly asked them to stop doing so. Several times I had to hide her face from the most insisting people, and I even had a verbal fight with the lens guy cited previously.
I may be overprotecting my daughters' privacy but I do not know who those people are, what they will do with these photos, and above all they did not ask (I am not sure I would say yes if one day someone asked, but this is not the point). I am sure 99% of these people are harmless, but still. These situations spoil the moments we enjoy in family, and I am not sure to handle them the best I could.
Can I get here any advice on how to manage these situations? Even better, how to prevent them? Is it too aggressive to ask people to delete photos already taken?