They walked toward me during an art festival. The sidewalks were crowded, so when they were in a relatively clear area, I approached them and asked to make portraits. Eric smiled, shrugged and said, “Why not?” He thinks that he is an old timer in the area (31 years). Ha! When I explained that I graduated from the local high school, Eric was impressed!
As is often the case, Jan said that she didn't look good in photos, that her hair was a mess, etc., etc. But thanks to Eric, she agreed. And am I glad! The most difficult part of this project is not getting permission. It is getting past the nervous, smiley phase. And Jan had such great, authentic expressions!
It is refreshing to meet people who are relaxed, and “comfortable in their own skin”. I wonder if I would be.