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.!

100 Beautiful Strangers Project: Stranger #40

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Today I’m introducing the 40th stranger in my 100 Beautiful Strangers Project. Only 10 more strangers until I reach the halfway point which I’m so excited about!

I met Lea on my final walk-through at the medieval festival I’ve talked about in my last three Strangers post. What I love most about this festival is that you get a chance to purchase the goods from the time period. Lea is a merchant who sells hand made baskets which you see captured behind her.

Lea stood out for me because of her warm smile and beautiful piercings. I almost decided against asking her to be apart of the project because we were taking our leave from the event. I’m so glad that I changed my mind. One thing I’m learning in the project is not to miss the opportunity to approach a stranger who has captured your attention…it may not come around again. The invitation could very well end in “no”, but I’ve gotten far more yeses on this journey so far.

Lea was happy to join the project! As I was taking her photo, she told me that she has been a merchant at the festival for years and enjoys selling baskets for the themed event.

I’m so pleased that I could capture your beautiful smile and spirit in front of the camera. Thank you for being stranger #40 Lea!

100 Beautiful Strangers Project: Stranger #39

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I met Alex as I continued my walk around the medieval festival. I loved his costume because it reminded me so much of Frodo’s from the Lord of the Rings.

Alex seemed to be a person that shies away from the spotlight and I think he was a little nervous in front of the camera.

However, after taking a few shots, I could see him slowly relax. In the end, I think he enjoyed the process and I’m so happy that he did.

Thank you for taking a chance on the project Alex and also for being Stranger #39!

100 Beautiful Strangers Project: Stranger #38

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted photos for my project, so I’m happy to introduce you to the next stranger.

As I mentioned in my last 100 Strangers post, I attended a fun renaissance event and met a group of friends who wore medieval costumes that rivaled the characters from the Game of Thornes.

Kalsten was the next person to pose for the camera. I was impressed by the beautiful leathers and furs included in his costume. As you can see from the photo, he took great pride in displaying it!

Thank you for being apart of the project Kalsten, it was a pleasure to meet you!

100 Beautiful Strangers: Stranger #37

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted for my 100 Beautiful Strangers project. With the chaos of moving to the US and settling into our new life here, some of my photo projects have fallen behind. The dust seems to be clearing now and I’m excited to introduce you to the next few strangers in the project.

My husband and I attended a wonderful medieval festival right before we left Germany. It was one of my favorite events while we were there! The half-timbered food and craft stalls created a unique and wonderful backdrop for the affair. You could truly imagine what life in the middle ages were like.

As we were walking along, I met Thor, who is the next stranger in the project.

Thor attended the event with a group of friends (a few you will meet in the next posts) who wore awesome medieval costumes for the special occasion.

When I told the group about the project, Thor quickly agreed to have his photo taken.

As he posed for a few shots, he explained that creating medieval costumes for these types of events were something that he and his friends really enjoyed doing. The costumes were well done! The group could have easily been extras from the tv show, Game of Thrones.

When I asked if his true name is Thor, he gave me a little smile. So, it remains a mystery. 🙂

Thank you for being stranger #37 Thor. It was great fun to photograph you for the project!

100 Beautiful Strangers Project: Stranger #35

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On my journey to became a better photographer, it’s always my goal to learn something new. New techniques, new equipment, new genres of photography, etc.

Last year, I wanted to learn more about portrait photography and I started the 100 Beautiful Strangers Project. It has helped me immensely!

To date, it has been my most rewarding photography project, but also the most challenging. It’s challenging because even after approaching more than 30 strangers, the stage fright hasn’t gone away. I think along the way, I’ve convinced myself that by the time I get to stranger number so and so, the fear of approaching strangers should be completely gone. I can tell you without hesitation that it has not.

However, after reading other photographer’s account of their experience with the project (some already reaching 100 Strangers), I was relieved to learn that I was not alone. So, I’m going to continue the project knowing that regardless of the number of strangers I’ve invited to be apart of the project, being nervous is to be expected and that it’s totally normal.

This connects with meeting my next stranger, Leon. Leon is Stranger #35 in the project.

On this day, I decided to visit the weekly Flea Market in hopes of meeting a Stranger for the project. On the way there, I saw a gentlemen who was nicely dressed. His style was very retro and I especially loved the hat he wore. As he passed by with a friend, I hesitated to approach him and just like that…the window of opportunity passed me by. I was so disappointed, but continued walking towards the market.

As I strolled around for a bit, I was surprised to see Leon again. I felt that this was my second (and maybe last) opportunity to invite him to be apart of the project.

When I told him about the project and he said yes, it was a great feeling! Leon was so friendly and was very happy to be apart of the project.

Leon, it was super to meet you! Thank you for sharing your warm smile and joining the project. It’s wonderful to have you as Stranger #35!

With challenges there’s also growth. I think it was a lesson to push myself out of my comfort zone even if it means doing it anxiously.