I was on the way back to my office when I spotted a young couple and the guy was carrying a Canon with a fairly large lens on (things like that always grab my attention). As I walked past them I noticed that he started lifting his camera and she was posing for him. I wondered for a while if she was a model but the whole thing seemed very impromptu and she was eating her lunch so I hung around for a few seconds until he had finished then approached them. I must admit my approach was a bit clumsy as I tried to determine if they were "working" without actually asking if she was a model. I’m normally very direct on the basis that they can only say no so I’m not sure why I beat about the bush so much today. Eventually though I got my request across and after she checked this was OK with her photographer friend, Amie agreed.
Unlike with Jaclyn, her friend immediately beat a retreat to sit in a bus shelter and didn’t get involved other than to take some more photos.
Amie was really at ease in front of the camera and there was even a point at which she took a bite of her lunch and I kept the camera up waiting for her to finish and when she did and realised that I was still pointing the camera at her she immediately flashed a really natural smile again. At one point she put on a "cheeky" expression which I include below alongside a couple of others – it’s been a while since I couldn’t quite decide which shot to post to the group and when I enlisted Mrs H&C’s help I ended up with another contender rather than a decision ;).
Amie is in her second year of an Art & Design course at college. I asked what she wants to do afterwards and she hopes to become a primary school teacher. As with other strangers much younger than myself I ran out of conversation very quickly so I wished Amie well with her future plans and left them to it.
Amie thanks very much for helping me today, good luck with your studies and whatever life holds for you thereafter.
Please feel free to provide constructive critique on the technical aspects of this photograph.
This picture is #68 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