Last week when I met up with some of my photography friends for a mock bridal shoot in Salt Lake, we were waiting for the traffic light to change....and so was Bruce. Shantel, Jami and I asked if we could take his picture. Believe it or not, he didn't even seem to think that was a strange request. He said yes and gave us a smile.
Now, had I been alone, I probably would not have struck up a conversation with Bruce or asked to take his picture. But you're always braver when surrounded by friends, right?
Even so, I've always wanted to be one of those photographers who isn't afraid to walk up to random people and ask if they mind if I take their picture. I've seen other photographers who do amazing work like that...Of course I know there are safety issues involved...and my mother always taught me not to talk to strangers. Especially after that time in 3rd grade when my brother was supposed to wait and walk home with me from our new school...but he didn't and I got lost and ended up accepting a ride home with two strange men who said they knew my grandpa and could take me to his house. (That's where I was living at the time with my mom and brother).... It all turned out well -- they really did know my grandpa and took me straight home. I couldn't understand why my mom was so upset when she saw me climb out of that pickup truck in front of the house....Stranger danger just wasn't a big topic in Brigham City lo those many years ago.... (And my brother grew up to be a very responsible man, too...although to this day, sometimes he's pretty forgetful like he was that day after school. :) )
I had kind of forgotten about my photo of Bruce until this morning when I met up with Janae and Jami at Memory Grove for some photography fun. Janae was saying how she wished she were brave enough to take pictures of random strangers out on the street. Jami and I said, "We did!" and then told her all about Bruce.
I promised Janae I would post this shot of Bruce so she could see we weren't just making it all up! Here you go, Janae! :)