This is Rachel’s (#15) Mum – she was also there when I photographed Rachel a couple of weeks ago but I didn’t speak to her that much and nor did I learn her name. Shortly after photographing Rachel events transpired that I asked her to model for me to help with an online photography course that I’m doing and she agreed and yesterday that took place with her Mum coming along for company. When I met them both I immediately asked her Mum if I could photograph her as well for my project and she agreed. I didn’t take any photographs of her until the end of Rachel’s photo shoot though (I think her Mum thought that I had forgotten)! The one thing I did sort out at the beginning though is that I couldn’t call her "Rachel’s Mum" throughout and at that point I learned that her name was Julie.
Ironically I had just about my entire photography kit at my disposal but ended up taking a shot closer to a snapshot than a portrait – Julie does not share her daughter’s love of being in front of the camera and I eventually decided that I had taken advantage of their generosity enough! Some photos are about the portrait and some are about the encounter and I am probably a slightly different person for meeting Rachel and Julie – it took all my courage to send that first email to Rachel but she and her Mum have been brilliant.
I talked with Julie throughout our meeting but as I was there for Rachel (or more accurately vice-versa) I didn’t want to have any conversations that would exclude her so our chats were largely small talk so I will leave you with the single fact that she has a 12 year old black labrador that barks a lot!
Thank you for joining your daughter in helping me with my project Julie – it has been a pleasure meeting you both.
This picture is #21 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page