" ladies first "

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when someone is kind enough to sit for you, one of the very first things you must remember to do is thank them. it's so simple and easy to extend. you must remember that you are choosing a profession (or dedicated hobby) which demands that you respect your subjects, whether they be people, or nature, or the streets, or animals. a healthy ever-present sign of thanks and respect will carry a lot of positive weight.

i feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to approach and photograph so many interesting people. in each session, whether split-second streetography or longer dedicated shoot, i have been blessed to have had the access to learn about what makes people so curious and magnetic.

when someone invites you into their world, you must care for them as much as if they were your beloved family. we're here for so brief of a time, that there is no need to waste any precious moment. it's not enough to merely be good at your craft, you must strive to be exceptional, and then extend your hard work ethic beyond being merely great.

it does your subjects no justice to half-ass anything. the mood can be light and fun, but the craft, the skills, and your demeanor must always have the skeletal structure of professionalism and focus.

so remember to ask people to sit for you, thank them and be a pro. these are the moments which will make each day infinitely better and better. and on and on.

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