I keep my eyes open for interesting people that I might like to photograph wherever I go. I was having lunch with a client at a really nice restaurant recently when I spotted this attractive young woman across the room. She was working as a waitress and exhibited an extraordinary amount of grace and elegance.
After lunch I approached her and introduced myself. She was a little apprehensive at first, but then my client jumped in and said, “If he wants to photograph you, do it — you’ll really be glad he did!” and so she agreed.
The next Saturday she came to the studio and we made a ton of pictures. She was extremely natural in front of the camera and we got some great shots — this is one of my favorites. Since then I’ve used her as a paid model on several assignments.
One of the joys of photographing people is getting to make new acquaintances and sometimes even friends and colleagues.