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MEXICALI, Mexico—

You know what they say: a picture is worth a thousand words. But, for some, it’s worth much more.

“A photo is a simple thing, we all take it for granted, but not everybody has ever really had a photo taken of them,” said Bayside Photographer Darren Takegami.

And in Mexico, family portraits are a common thing to go without.

“A lot of these kids have never had a formal picture,” Takegami said. That’s exactly why the photo studio was brought to them.

Complete with two professional photographers, lights, printers and – of course – the smiles.

“You know, these kids, they don’t have much, but they’re really happy, and that’s something to be said about not having things, but still being very, very happy with life,” Takegami said.

Margarita Guerro had her portrait taken for the first time in her life – something that brought her to tears.

In Spanish, she said “I’m very happy. Thank you.”

And although it’s clear she’ll remember this day for a long time, she won’t have to. Because, in this case, the picture wasn’t worth a thousand words – just a few joyful tears.

“I’m going to save it to remember you all,” Guerro said.