After getting the very nervous first stranger portrait out of the way thanks to Kara I was on the lookout for number two. This time though I went a little bit more prepared by having some moo business cards in my pocket ready, along with my little moleskin and pen to write down any details. This is a far better solution that rummaging through your bag searching for it whilst your stranger waits patiently.
I was still in the main promenade of Santa Monica at the time, not far from where I met Kara, when I spotted Mallory. Now funnily enough, I had actually seen Mallory earlier that morning when I was searching for stranger #01 but didnt have the courage at the time to appraoch her. But now my confidence was up after the success of the first shoot and I just walked over to her and asked. This was a little more difficult than the first though, as she was with two other people (whom I’m assuming was her Mother and Sister). Luckily for me, the calm Australian voice that welcomed them didn’t scream ‘weirdo’ and they were happy for Mallory to be apart of the project.
So with a nice big smile and a willingness to do whatever was needed to get the shots I wanted, Mallory became the perfect Stranger to photograph. I told her that the first frame I would shoot would be of her looking straight into the lens without smiling – this proved very difficult for her at first as she couldn’t stop smiling, but that also meant I was able to get a few frames of her natural smile too 🙂 After that was a few more quick frames from further back and I was done.
After taking the shots we chatted for a little moment and she revealed she was visiting from out of state (possibly Wisonsin, Texas?) and was just enjoying some nice summer shopping here in LA. It seemed that the two travelling with her had found a shop they liked too, so with a quick exchange of a Moo business card she was on her way – smiling of course.
Thank you Mallory for being apart of the project and I hope you enjoy the photos.