This shedding my shyness thing is turning out to be really interesting. Today I had a chance to shoot some pictures of people cooling off at a swimming hole nearby for the newspaper. It was really fun because I got to hop around on the rocks and talk to several different people.
In the past, several things would have stopped me from approaching them. It was a group of all guys who were clearly involved in their own thing. I wouldn’t want to step into the middle of that and interrupt what they were doing. There’s some old thought there about them thinking that I was just a silly girl who was getting in their way and they’d laugh at me. They were also in a sort of secluded area and rolling and smoking something (which they assured me was tobacco ) and the thought crossed my mind that they’d be angry at me for horning in on their territory.
But I was motivated by the thought of a good picture, so I put on my big girl panties and approached them. I asked which one had the guitar. He looked up and smiled and when I asked if I could take his picture playing the guitar, he was thrilled! One more strike against the stories that I tell myself. He wasn’t annoyed at all – he was psyched!
When I got back to the office, I gave the pictures to my editor to look at. A few minutes later I heard him say from across the room, “Wow, Leah! This is an amazing shot!” I’ll give you three guesses which picture he was looking at.