I have……….and they rather took a liking to me.
look away now if you are easily offended….
I mean they REALLY took a liking to me……
We were invited to The Paradise Wildlife Park by the Rockall's.
I was to get to meet and chat to the Royal photographer Ian Pelham Turner and at the same time have a little photo shoot session with the Rockall's daughter, Phoebe.
I couldn’t begin to tell you about the laughter we had after the event.
It culminated in a young teenager answering his mobile in full voice, during the poor mans speech.
The rest of the them laughed when they saw the poor man approaching me in the car park, where I was taking some pictures of Phoebe near some tractor tyres. They pitied him, going to give ME advice !
YES, I knew the light was at the wrong angle. YES, I knew there wasn’t any catchlights in her eyes. And YES I could do with a reflector to bounce the light back at her. But I don’t have one. He then proceeded to move her into a better lit position.
Ergh YES , I knew the light was better at that angle, but he was missing the point. We wanted an urban, style shot with the massive tractor tyres. Not an image of Phoebe in a car park !!
So we had a good giggle about this later after we had tickled a few tapiers….
And I got to take some perfect lit shots near sunset.
I’m still editing lots of the images. It’s a steep learning curve for me editing. But I know practice makes perfect as it is with my photography skills.
What I most liked about the session is that the moody teenager,who liked to scowl into the camera, could see what a difference a smile made to her beauty.
And I snatched a few images of her mum, Judith on the walk back home. Of course she hates them…….as everyone of our age always does. But I LOVE them and she will do to in ten years time, when she looks back at them…. Don’t we always.