“Just TALK to someone. Say you like their smile and then have a chat. Then ask if you can take their picture. It’s not that hard. You can do it.” – oft-repeated advice from my photographer pal Don. I am sure he thought I never heard him say that to me any of the approximately one hundred times he happened to mention it.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
My good friend Brett Erickson was in town last weekend; it was so good to see him again. We met about seven years ago, through photo blogs, and in many (or, really, most) ways, I consider him to be my mentor.
Five summers ago, I took a class from him at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, where I produced a version of this image during one of the class’s field trips. A print of that attempt is hanging in my Gallery O’ Shame* and Brett mentioned some things that happened the day I’d made it. That gave me a chance to look at the image again and realize that I really didn’t like what I’d done with it in post-processing, so I did something I almost never do: I had another go at it. Five years more Photoshop experience makes a difference!**
near Abiquiu, New Mexico
*It’s where all the stuff that got into shows but didn’t sell now resides. It’s also the guest bedroom. Guests at my home are required to take a photo with them***. If they seem reluctant to do so, I distract them with coffee with the Patient Spouse moves a photo to their car. You’ve been warned.
**See? I am teachable, which comes as a big surprise to all of us!
***Because I can’t figure out how else to get rid of the damn things.