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Street portrait: Kylie, the dual citizen

I'm not done editing my photos from the Charlottesville Pride Festival yet, but I wanted to change things up a little bit and post something a little different: my first street portrait with my new camera and lens! I pre-ordered a Nikon D600 a little over a week ago, and it arrived in the mail Friday, along with a Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G portrait lens. I didn't get much of a chance to make any portraits over the weekend, so I tore out of work during my lunch break and managed to find three willing subjects.


This is Kylie, a server at one of my favorite restaurants on the Downtown Mall: Rapture. She has a great personality, charming and vivacious, and I thought that it would be interesting to see if I could capture that in a portrait. I've only seen her a couple of times, but each time I've seen her, she's been wearing sunglasses. When she agreed to let me make a portrait, I asked her to take them off, and I discovered that she has the most beautiful blue-grey eyes.


Kylie is originally from Australia, and she moved to Charlottesville about a dozen years ago. She has dual U.S./Australian citizenship. She said that she likes Cville quite a bit but that she sometimes misses the laid-back vibe she felt back in Australia. In addition to working at Rapture, Kylie also teaches aerobics at Orme Family Fitness.


This photo will also be posted on my Cville People Project Tumblr blog.


This photo is #44 in my 100 Strangers Project; you can learn more about the 100 Strangers Project at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page.

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Taken on September 24, 2012