100 Beautiful Strangers Project: Stranger #41


I’m so excited because I met new people for the 100 Beautiful Strangers Project today! It holds a special meaning because it’s the beginning of the project here in the United States.

Today started off with a scenic drive to my husband’s favorite Comic Book Shop in a town half an hour away. Since I haven’t taken any photos in a while for 100 Beautiful Strangers, I grabbed my camera in the hopes of continuing the project.

The Comic Shop was buzzing with excitement because a comic writer for the Justice League of America was in town signing autographs. Relying on my spidey senses to search for new strangers, I stepped outside for a moment. I noticed Ashley right away because of her AWESOME hair!

While taking her photo, we talked a bit. I learned that she was also visiting the comic shop today and enjoys comics and drawing. As we talked a little more, I sensed that her true passion is in gaming.

It was great to meet you Ashley! Thank you for being my first stranger in the U.S.!

4 thoughts on “100 Beautiful Strangers Project: Stranger #41

  1. I wish I had your courage to approach people and ask them if I could take their picture. Do you think people are more open with a female asking to take their picture compared to a male? Or is it how you approach the person and present yourself?

    1. Hi Mikey,

      Great question. I’ve often wondered this myself. I definitely think how you approach someone is important. My husband is often with me when I invite strangers to join the project. As he observed my interactions, he honed in on my nervousness. One of the best tips he gave me is to approach someone with confidence (if I’m nervous, they may get nervous too). My confidence has gotten better, but even yesterday, my hands were a bit shaky (especially after putting the project on hold for a while). I also created business cards to demonstrate that it’s a legit project and when I can, I have my website ready to share on my phone or ipad so that they can see other strangers I’ve photographed. With that being said, I don’t think there is just one way to approach it. In the end, I think you have to come up with an approach that works for you. There is an entire community on Flickr that’s dedicated to the project. Here is the link: https://www.flickr.com/groups/100strangers/. Checkout the overview if you’re interested in joining the project. Also, reading the “beginner’s hello sticky” can provide you with some good tips. If you start the project, please let me know. I would love to follow your journey.

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