Ben Affleck’s Pick-Up Peek-a-Boo with Violet

For a guy who makes his living in front of the cameras, Ben Affleck sure did seem to shy away from the lenses as he picked up his three-year-old daughter, Violet, from her Santa Monica pre-school yesterday.

While the paparazzi clicked away at Affleck and his adorable offspring, the Pearl Harbor star hid his face behind Violet’s backpack.

The 36-year-old actor and father of two has had a chilly relationship with the paparazzi lately; late last month, Affleck enlisted a construction crew to block the photogs’ view as he carried Violet down the street. Two days later, Ben—husband to Jennifer Garner, also 36—made use of a police escort as he picked up Violet from school amid popping flashbulbs.

Yesterday, the  newly bearded thesp was content to scowl intensely at the shutterbugs. Guess fatherhood is mellowing him pretty quickly.

At least Violet seemed eager to play ball with the paps; the tot took every opportunity to show off the picture she’d drawn in class for the photographers.

Ben might want to take a few notes from his little girl; he seems to have spawned an artist with a keen sense of publicity.

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