My goal today was to photograph a stranger and I had a specific type of person in mind. I headed to our local international market which is often filled with exotic looking people from all over the world. Today of all days, I didn't see anyone who really struck me, so I headed back towards home trying to come up with my Plan B when one of my kids suggested I go to the local dry cleaners to photograph a guy we'd seen the day before. Well, this older gentleman with a wonderful face and gorgeous smile wasn't at work today! My youngest son had another idea and encouraged me not to give up. He even cheered for me when I began to approach my next potential subject! He knew I was somewhat nervous.
I found this lovely lady hard at work at a local restaurant. I showed her my business cards (my moo cards) and asked if I could take her picture. After taking a moment to think, she said yes! I wanted to show her in her environment and to pull in part of the background while making sure she was the featured one. I accomplished that by using a shallow DOF. When she faced me the light from the door reflected in her glasses, so I shot this one when she looked away briefly. This image would have been stronger--I think--if she made eye contact with the camera. However, I was shooting on the fly and snapped when I saw something that would give me the goal for the day. I photographed a stranger. Thanks Ms. I.
Lesson: If you respectfully approach strangers most are open to being photographed. Be sure to get them to sign a release and offer to send them a print! If you're after an environmental portrait find a creative way to pull in the environment. This is not the most creative shot, but I'll do better next time!