#003 of 100 Strangers - Katie
I went for breakfast at a great cafe on Grey Street today, called Blake's. It's been there for years now, cos I remember frequenting it from before I moved back to the States in 2001. They haven't changed anything, from what I could tell, but this is by no means a bad thing. They're going for an American coffeehouse/cafe decor & vibe and have pretty much nailed both. Wooden floors, chairs and tables, art deco and jazz posters on the walls and a bonnie young staff taking care of business. They serve tasty grub and it's normally bustling busy. As is probably apparent, I like the place :)
But enough about the cafe already, right? The only reason I mention it, is because the lovely Katie here works there. She caught my eye as I was finishing my coffee cos she was wearing a pretty rad red-print dress type thingie (I'm not great at describing ladies clothing, sorry) which, combined with her short hair, pretty face and slight build, was really flattering and totally worthy of a picture.
As I was getting ready to leave I asked her permission to take a photo. I think this took her aback somewhat and I was a bit anxious too, for a number of reasons:
1) I didn't want to get her in trouble for not working or some-such nonsense (I don't know if the bosses there are cool)
2) While I would gladly have photographed all of her interested coworkers too, I thought for sure that would be disruptive and I didn't wanna get dirty looks from waiting customers or the kitchen staff
3) I didn't want to get knocked back - it's akin to asking someone out!! You have to quickly sell them that you're not creepy! Anyway, hopefully I succeeded :)
I really like this picture, but with the exception of the other staff member's hair poking out from behind Katie. They were busy though and since I didn't want to be too disruptive, I held off on asking anyone to move. Also, only this first shot was tight, with my 35mm's autofocus deciding to have a bit of a run around after this one, even with my silly AF-assist light on and Katie smack dab in the middle of the frame. I know it's only a poor workman that blames his tools, so I'm not going to, but I really wish I knew a foolproof workaround. When you're working on seconds, it's a bit of a pain when you have to fight your equipment.
Anyway, this turned into an epic yarn so I should definitely wrap it now. I'll just finish with this:
Thanks Katie, for being such a good sport and a brave soul :)
p.s. This is part of my 100 Strangers project, and here's the link to the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page. Lotsa nice people to look at - you should check it out! After you look through my photostream *ahem*