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Anna F 01

By xanda  
I had been handing out flyers and 'business' cards literally for years since getting back into photography in 2015 but with no joy. While sitting in a local café, nursing my wounded ego over a cup of hot chocolate, it occurred to me that a number of the café staff were a) photogenic and b) friendly. I got to chatting with a few of them but despite them showing some interest in what I was doing (photographically) none actually went as far as arranging a shoot. And then Anna showed up.

I explained to Anna that I wanted to take casual, unposed portraits. She could just be herself. On the day of the shoot it was cold and wet and the light was basically rubbish but I had decided not to use a flash or reflector. I wanted something real. We walked around and I took a bunch of photos and some video clips. She was chatty and curious. The shoot served it's purpose which was to prove that I could convince someone who was not a model, who had no interest in 'modelling', to step in front of my camera.

This is my favourite photo from the shoot. It's nothing special but...I just love the way she's smiling at her feet Smile

We've now done 5 shoots together and hope to do more in the summer when she comes home from uni.

Tags: Portrait Female portrait Portraits and people Anna F Candid style

Voters: RLF, MikeGillingham, Jmag60 and 48 more

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DaveRyder Plus
7 5.8k 13 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2021 9:00PM
A truly delightful image.
A picture of innocence.
Your patience has been rewarded with a lovely capture..

FabioKeiner 8 111 1 Austria
21 Jun 2021 9:11PM
absolutely charming... and she's a better model than many professionals - exactly because she's posing in the most natural way
kaybee Plus
17 7.9k 27 Scotland
21 Jun 2021 9:32PM
For somebody who isn't interested in doing any modelling, she is doing a damned fine job.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
21 Jun 2021 10:05PM
A success on both sides of the camera, I think: she's quietly loving being in front of your lens.
ZenTony Plus
5 10 1 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2021 10:28PM
Lovely story Simon and worth the effort. It is a delightful photo. Keep going now !
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
21 Jun 2021 11:27PM
A very natural image
22 Jun 2021 6:34AM
She must enjoy it if she's done 5 shoots with you

Well done on your initiative and perseverance Simon

A great result

Colin Smile

22 Jun 2021 7:25AM
Beautifully captured, and even though she is looking down, her expression is still clear!
Just wonderful
xanda Plus
17 244 2 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2021 2:00PM
Thanks, everyone, for the votes, awards and lovely comments Smile

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