John (#520) 02-01-14

There was high overcast, a little harsh for portraits. But an attractive lady approached, wearing a hat. Under the hat I could see softer light and catchlights. So I stopped her and went through my spiel, noting her fashionable hat. As I spoke, she sheepishly smiled and shook her head ‘no.’ “I can appreciate your project, last summer I took a photography class. But I just don’t like having my picture taken. Here comes my husband (pointing), ask him!’

 So I did, and John said “Sure.”


After a few shots, I looked at her and said, “See, that wasn’t so bad.” She said, “Sorry, but I just don’t look good in pictures.” John looked at me, shrugged, and said, “I live with that all the time.” They had come to Florida from Wisconsin just two days earlier. And that was during the first ‘Polar Vortex’ visit. Boy, were they glad to be here!

 An hour later, I passed them again. I looked at her and said, “Changer your mind, maybe?” She began to smile, but then looked in the opposite direction.