My First Attempt at Street Photography

Ok. So, I decided today, since my class let us go 15 minutes after getting there (ugh), I was going to try street photography! What you should know ahead of time is that I am pretty shy. If you know me then you’re probably thinking that I must be crazy. That’s only cause I’m comfortable around you. Or you’re crazy and we both seem ok! But, on my own, going out into the busy Short North area… did I mention alone? I have always had an issue with being the “conversation starter” when I meet new people. I have always been shy, always worried about what the other person is saying behind my back when I leave, or worse yet… what are they thinking about me while I’m standing there? Do they notice my imperfections? Do I not speak fluently enough for them? The list goes on. But I realize that’s all on me. I put my own insecurities onto others. Side note: Coincidence that I do this after watching and listening to Brene Brown’s many conversations about shame and vulnerability? She is FANTASTIC, by the way. Check her out here. I Digress.

There I was, parking my car at Goodale Park. Seemed like a good safe place to start. Unfortunately, there was hardly anyone there. Crazy, since it was 80 degrees out! So I decided on “daring greatly” straight onto High Street. I first kept to myself. Part of me did not recognize how much the short north has changed in just a few short years! it has become almost unrecognizable; lost. But, that’s another story. It was almost a 7 block round trip before I gather the balls to start talking to complete strangers. I met this first couple that made it real easy, before I could spit out any words, they posed and said “Here, take our picture!” Well, that’s what I’m here to do, so I did.

The Happy Couple

The Happy Couple

Well, that was easy. I gave them my card and they were really pleasant. You could tell they enjoyed each other and life in general. Confidence building up, I moved on down the road until I came across this lady. I knew she was “following” cause I joked with her a block or two back. I think she was trying to ask for money without being obvious, but she was really pleasant. But then she saw the camera. Something about seeing a camera makes everyone wanna jump in there. This was becoming easier than I thought! Naturally, with her wonderful personality that everyone else on High Street ignored, she wanted her picture taken! As you can see, SHE was not shy!

Take my picture, I know how to pose!

Take my picture, I know how to pose!

Finally, before it started getting dark and I’d have to end, I was nearing my block to turn and I saw a woman who seemed a little embarrassed wearing a birthday cone on her head, because she took it off quickly and I noticed. Considering my birthday would be tomorrow (May 3rd and I accept cash or your business) I decided to ask who’s birthday it was. Turned out to be her daughter’s birthday today. I told her that was great and mine was tomorrow, so how about in celebration I take your picture for you? She had just turned 18! Boy, to remember being that young again! Well, young lady…….HAPPY 18th BIRTHDAY!

Happy 18th Birthday Girl!

Happy 18th Birthday Girl!

So I learned a valuable lesson today. My own fear was holding me back. Now, I didn’t stay there long or talk to MANY people, but I tried. The best part, is that I can’t wait to do it again. After all, how else will I get the word out there about my business if I don’t put myself out there?