Week 6 of the 365 Day People Picture Project was filled with 9 beautiful people! Day 36 - Chip and Marcello
I spotted them out of the corner of my eye as I was about to drive away. They were standing just as they are in this photo, already "posed"! I threw my car in reverse, hopped out of my car and quickly blurted out the nature of this project and asked if they would be day 36. They asked what they would have to do and I told them they just needed to do exactly what they were doing…"just look cute!" I don't think construction workers really want to be instructed to "just look cute," but they did a great job at it!
Day 37 - Cezanne
Cezanne works at a convenience store where I sometimes stop on my way home from work. She's as friendly as she is beautiful. Between Cezanne and Kristen from Day 38, I think we could call Tyra and tell her we've got two potential candidates for America's Next Top Model!
Day 38 - Kristen
I spotted Kristen snuggled up in a scarf and beanie and reading a book in the park. I almost didn't approach her because she looked so perfectly content and peaceful! I sat down at the picnic table with her and we visited for a few moments after I snapped this picture. Again, I had stumbled upon another girl who is just as sweet and lovely as she is beautiful.
Day 39 - Gordon
Gordon was starting the trek up the stairs at Mt. Tabor Park when I stopped to ask him if he would be day 39. On Wednesdays, Mt. Tabor closes the park to cars so the park fills with downhill longboard skaters. I'm blown away by their fearlessness. The hills are steep and not only do they FLY down the hills, but they also have to navigate a few turns as well. It takes a special kind of nerve to be brave enough to do what they do! It might be too late in the season now, but I'd love to catch Gordon again sometime when he's actually skating down the hill. I'll be sure to share it when I do.
Day 40 - Casper & Rose
Rose and Casper were in one of my favorite spots in the entire city of Portland…sitting on a park bench at the top of (you guessed it) Mt. Tabor Park and waiting for the sun to set. Rose was visiting from out of town. Casper is a musician and you can check him out on SoundCloud.
I actually have a sightly "better" picture, but even though the quality is better, I decided to show you this picture because I just love Rose's expression as she's looking at Casper. They both have a fun energy and I think this picture conveys it.
Day 41 - Joseph
If you've ever been to the Costco near the Portland Airport, you'll recognize Joseph! He's pretty unforgettable! Joseph doesn't just whistle while he works, he full on sings! When he's working the greeter/card check-in position, he welcomes you with a song and a smile. I just love it when he's working!
Joseph belts out songs with the confidence of a Grammy-winning artist, but I'm pretty certain he actually started to get a little bashful as I was taking pictures. The other pictures I took just didn't capture his true nature. This was the very first snap, before he had the opportunity to get camera-shy, and it was taken mid-song. I caught him doing what he loves…singing!
Day 42 - Aaron
Aaron was another project-saver! Just as I was heading out to shoot this afternoon, the rain started to pour. Not having much daylight left, I just took off driving toward the bluest skies. I had one last errand to run and I could tell that the blue skies were near the shopping center I needed to go to. As I was heading into one of the shops, I spotted a cute young man sitting on the sidewalk, obviously on his break from work, and beside him was a giant barrel-sized container of orange cheese puffs. It was a pretty funny and unexpected "prop." He agreed to let me take his picture. I quickly composed my shot and then realized…no memory card! AAGGG!!! I'm such an amateur! I didn't even have a spare!
The sky was looking like it would start leaking again at any moment, so after saying goodbye to the cheese-puff guy, I proceeded to go purchase another memory card.
When I returned to my car, I saw Aaron parked right next to me and he was assembling a brand new baby-seat. It was actually looking like an intense project and I was reluctant to interrupt, thinking that Mom and baby would be out any minute and baby needed someplace to sit!
When Aaron agreed to let me take his picture, he had no idea just how much pressure he had lifted from me. I was really concerned I wasn't going to find a subject before it started to rain again.
Mom and baby (who was actually a toddler) came out just as I was taking Aaron's picture. We visited for just a few minutes and was able to learn that he has just started his own business, Apprize Demolition.
This has been another fun week and I've actually started to follow a few of my subjects on Instagram. It's odd, but so rewarding, to close a week with a few more friendly acquaintances than what I started with. I'm seeing glimpses of them and their lives via what they share on Instagram and now my heart is a little more full.
I'm nervous heading into fall, not only because of the rain but because of the limited daylight hours. People just don't hang out in the rain! If you have any ideas on how to keep up with the project, I would love to hear from you! Right now, my thought is to dedicate a week to a certain business. I might go hang out at a particular coffee shop or other business, and for an entire week, all pictures will be of people who were in that particular establishment. I'm determined to meet this challenge!
If you were a subject this week, or any week, I'd like to give you my sincere thanks. I can't thank you enough for helping me to make this happen.
If you'd like to see these pictures daily, you can follow me on Instagram. My username on both Twitter and Instagram is: missellanea. I'd love to follow you, too!
Thank you for checking in on week 6!