No, she isn’t well trained, and she doesn’t have the latest equipment. We are working on all of that. A few weeks ago, I saw this great smile, near the Huntington Beach Pier. I immediately raised my camera and clicked. As I clicked two more times, I asked if I could take her picture. OK, so maybe I got the sequence backwards, but my goal wasn’t to be polite — it was to get her picture — to capture that smile. 🙂
We talked for a few minutes, I asked if she had ever modeled — she hadn’t. Since I am working on a series of photography lessons, and always need subjects, I invited her to a session. I gave her a card, and told her to email me, and I would send copies of the images I had just captured — and offered to set up studio time.
As the weekend passed, then the next week, then another, I thought that she had decided not to call. Then an email! We shot. She was great. More importantly, she had taken a photography class at a community college and wanted to learn. As my wife says, don’t say that you are interested in photography, because I won’t shut up.
Here’s Brittney — on Olvera Street, in Los Angeles.
Brittney has been taking lots of photos — with her iPhone. That’s cool, I took over 10,000 photos the first year that I had an iPhone! I lent her an Olympus EP-1 micro four-thirds, and we jumped on the train to LA. I gave her a 14-42mm lens, to use, but insisted she kept it at 14mm and zoomed with her feet. About half way through the day, I gave her a 40-150mm lens, so she could see the difference, and finally, she tried my 17mm.
She was a natural — not afraid to approach people — not bashful about using her smile. Brittney even signed a woman’s cast and gave her a hug.
I won’t show you Brittney’s work — that’s up to her, but I will show you pictures of Brittney at work.
Yes, we even visited Rick Smith’s Office! 🙂