face scouting – LA airport

matt pointed this girl out to me, near our gate at LA airport. we’re photographers and can’t help noticing beautiful, photogenic strangers. usually i am too shy to ask to take a picture of someone i find beautiful, but this time i had my camera on me and newfound confidence from new york, so i thought why not?

i walked after her and asked her father (who she had clearly gotten her clear sky eyes from) if i could take her picture and he said i could. she did the cute, teethy grin all kids do because they have been taught to look happy in photographs. so i asked her to pretend i wasn’t there, to look like she did before i came. i took this picture, said thankyou and left, feeling proud of myself for being brave.

i think i will be braver in the future, especially when it comes to the strange and lovely creatures on the streets. i never want to forget another beautiful face.

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  3. This is indeed very inspiring. It's not easy for shy photographers (which is how I would describe myself) to approach beautiful people. It's something I'm trying very hard to learn how to do. Here's to a much braver future for all of us!

  4. I am the same as you. I live in Paris and blog about it but am too shy to as people about taking their photos. Although I know how it is when someone wants to take my picture (makes me happy) I still don't know how to ask and it's always too late when I decide to actually do it… Maybe I should be inspired by you and simply just do it! Both for me, the person I shoot and for the blog!
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  5. Really beautiful portrait of a beautiful face… it really does look way better when you ask them not to smile. It just looks more natural and soulful that way. I'm also currently photographing strangers and I completely understand the nervousness before approaching a stranger, but the resulting image is just really worth it, isn't it?

  6. Oh I wish I had that confidence.. I've seen so many people that I wanted to photograph but I did not have the nerve to ask

  7. ah the shape of her face is brilliant!
    i wonder how old she is..
    you did a great job picturing her!

  8. this girl's face is totally inspiring, it shows that innocence is not lost, especially being in America. I really love this loads

  9. Love the randomness of taking an absolutely stunning photo of a stranger . . . I look at this face and can't even imagine it doing a big toothy grin as you say.
    Because the photographer has talent, and can to do what she likes to the eyes of the beholder.

    🙂

    Talent.

  10. wow! she is so gorgeous! you are so incredibly talented at capturing stunning moments! xox
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  11. This is so wonderful, i love it!
    May I ask, what you asked her father? And did you mention your blog?
    xx

  12. This is so wonderful, i love it!
    May I ask, what you asked her father? And did you mention your blog?
    xx

  13. I am usually (always) too shy to ask somebody if I can take their picture. You know those 'street style' articles in magazines? I always wondered how you approach somebody and ask to take their picure. There must be a trick to not sounding creepy … Do you remember what you said to her father?

    I think we are quite similar. I never want to forget a beautiful stranger.

  14. I was on the bus the other day and saw a girl I thought you and Matt would love – she looked a lot like Matt's little sister and when she made eye contact her stare was penetrating. I was wishing you two were there!

  15. theres a beautiful red haired boy i have this problem with. i walk past him every morning and i want him to model for me so badly!!

  16. i ask for phone numbers all the time now for networking purposes but always felt awkward when asking for girls phone numbers, as if I was some creep. Most people are discerning enough to know if you are or if you're just a nice person. Go for it, let them say yes or no. We only live once. I think you get better at doing it the more you do it.

  17. Awwww! She is beautiful. That's so amazing. You have no idea how many times I have seen people in stores or walking and I just want to ask them if I can photograph them, but I have always been too shy to ask them.

    I think next time I'm just going to do it. Life is too short.

    Thank you for this. 🙂

  18. She's perfect Nirrimi. Perfect in a mundane, random yet beautiful way. You're getting your courage up I see! That's the spirit! Did the girl had her photo? I think it would be great if she has a copy too.

    Did you know you just touched her life? And certainly she has touched yours. 🙂 Always on the lookout for your gorgeous works!

    Love xx
    Iris 🙂

  19. Wow, she is gorgeous. She has such a warm open face. Well done for getting the courage to take the photo, i don't think i would have!
    You inspire me,
    Pearl xo

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