Some people are very adaptable and some even have the talent to switch one personality off while turning another on. For example, I have a friend who grew up in the south but has lived most of her adult life in New York. She’s always had an amazing ability to adapt to those around her quickly and picks up on accents, even down to the inflection of the person she’s engaging. It doesn’t matter if it’s over the phone or face-to-face, she nails it every time. It’s hard to tell if this is a conscious decision or an involuntary one; but whatever the case, I find it comforting and and I think it allows her to connect with others.
This particular photo session was with a lovely woman named Marta. Marta and I had not met before and had only communicated briefly before this afternoon. It was a nearly perfect day, and as I was driving to the field to photograph her, I could tell it was going to be a beautiful sunset. Marta and I talked for a few minutes leading up to me actually taking the camera out and testing the light. Marta was incredibly easy to communicate with-playful, friendly, jovial even. I wasn’t sure what to expect when photographing her, but I have to admit, I was surprised when we started. It was as if she adopted a different persona. Someone who was laughing one minute, a big, wonderful, open mouth, tilt-your-head-back sort of laugh, was able to flip a switch and become this intriguing, somewhat intense, model. I love meeting and photographing someone for the first time. I’ve learned to not make assumptions; you just never know how someone will adapt to any given situation. And something I really love is when people surprise me. The camera has an interesting affect on some. Marta was fun, unpredictable, and really stunning in photos.