100 Beautiful Strangers Project: Stranger #49

I met up with a group for a photo walk in a quaint and trendy part of town. As I was walking around, I saw Koraima. She was the perfect candidate for 100 Strangers and I didn’t miss the opportunity to ask her to join the project.

Koraima’s hairstyle and blue sunshades were the perfect combination for a fun and stylish summer look and I’m so glad that I got a chance to capture it!

Thanks for joining the project Koraima, I hope that you enjoy the rest of your summer!

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100 Beautiful Strangers Project: Stranger #48

I met Ronald while I was visiting a historic harbor in a neighboring city. After all the rain we’ve had recently, today felt like one of the first days of a “real” summer.

While I was walking around, I noticed Ronald because of his defined features. I knew that he had to be the next Stranger in the project.

Ronald was so kind and patient while I snapped a few shots.

Thank you for being apart of the project Ronald! It was a pleasure to photograph you.

100 Beautiful Strangers Project: Stranger #47

This past weekend, I was out on a group photo walk and it was the perfect time to catch up on the 100 Beautiful Strangers Project.

As I was walking, Caitlyn approached me after seeing my camera and wanted to know if I was a photographer. When I told her yes, she was excited to get information regarding where she could take photography courses.

What a golden opportunity!  I quickly told her about the project and she agreed to be the next stranger.

I’m so happy that Caitlyn is interested in photography! It’s a wonderful way to stretch your creativity and to document life.

Thank you for being apart of the project Caitlyn and good luck on your photography journey!

100 Beautiful Strangers Project: Stranger #46

Happy New Year! I’m so excited about 2018. A new year means new opportunities for photography.

I was lucky enough to receive an opportunity today while visiting my husband’s favorite comic book store.

My husband and I cruised around the store for about 45 minutes. As my husband was checking out, in walks Patrick wearing a very cool winter hat. On a typical winter hat, there’s one pom-pom (I think this is the correct name) that sits on the top of the hat. Patrick’s hat had multiple pom-poms that started at the top of his hat and went all the way down creating a vibrant mohawk.

He was perfect for the 100 Strangers Project! Patrick was told all about the project and he was happy to join.

Patrick had a very jovial personality and smiling came easy to him. While we were talking, I learned that he’s an IT Manager, but that his real passion is collecting comic books. Patrick said he started collecting comics when he was around 12 years old and now has over 75,000 books. Wow!

Patrick, it was a pleasure to meet and talk with you today.  Thank you for joining the project and sharing your warm smile!

100 Beautiful Strangers Project: Stranger #45

Yesterday was a gorgeous, yet hot day in the city. My husband and I didn’t have major plans for the day, so it was the perfect time to visit his favorite comic shop. I also grabbed my camera in the hopes of meeting a new stranger for the project.

As my husband was walking around the shop, I decided to go outside for a few moments. It was perfect timing because I met John and his lovely girlfriend as they were leaving.

When I’m searching for a candidate for the project, I’m often looking for a unique characteristic that makes that person standout. For John, it was definitely his rocking beard! He also had a great smile to go along with it.

As I was taking the photo, John’s girlfriend was crushing on his beard! She was glad someone else told him how great it looks because he’s sometimes torn on whether or not to keep it.  My vote is to keep it John!

Thank you for being stranger #45 and it was a pleasure to meet you both!

100 Beautiful Strangers Project: Stranger #44

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Meet Keith!

Keith is the sweet beau I mentioned in the last 100 Strangers post. When I invited Timeka to join the project, he jokingly insisted that he be included too. This worked out great because Keith was very comfortable in front of the camera.

Keith is lighthearted and a natural comedian. It was fun seeing him make Timeka laugh and smile the entire time (they made such a cute couple). After taking Keith’s photo,  I learned that he has been a barber for over 20 years and hopes to open his own barber school someday.

Best wishes Keith! Thank you for joining the project.

100 Beautiful Strangers Project: Stranger #43

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Yesterday, I decided to visit the harbor village of Annapolis. What a cute little area! The harbor was buzzing with activity and lots of people which presented a great opportunity to meet strangers.

My husband and I were walking near the docks when I noticed Timeka. She had beautiful eyes and a great smile which made her really stand out. I told Timeka about the project and she was on board immediately.

I found Timeka to be very congenial. She had a warmth that put me at ease and I enjoyed talking to her. When I asked Timeka what brought her to the harbor, she said that her beau (whom you’ll meet in the next post for the project) surprised her with a date there. How sweet!

Thank you for your time Timeka! I enjoyed meeting you.

100 Beautiful Strangers Project: Stranger #42

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Let me start by saying that it’s so refreshing to jump back into the project! I’ve forgotten how cool it is to make an instant connection with a stranger and to capture their beautiful qualities for a portrait.

I met Marcus as I was browsing around the Comic Book Store. I immediately took notice of his fantastic beard and knew I had to ask him to be apart of the project.

When he accepted the invitation, I asked if he could meet me outside of the shop when he was ready. This gave me just enough time to change my lens and to ensure I had the right camera settings.

When I begin taking shots, I notice right away how easygoing Marcus was. He said that he’s a commercial driver for a fruit and veggie company. He enjoys the job because it compliments his vegan lifestyle. Marcus is also a bit of an adrenaline junky who enjoys extreme sports.

Thank you for joining the project Marcus! It was a pleasure to meet you.

100 Beautiful Strangers Project: Stranger #41

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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.!