This lovely young woman was sitting outside a pub with her mate when she caught my eye walking past. Unable to resist the lovely picture of these two vibrant young women giggling and looking happy I approached and asked if they'd like a portrait. It didn't take much to persuade Sarah but her friend Kirsty (see stranger no 13) was a little reluctant. As we got chatting Sarah explained that her Dad was a photography enthusiast and she'd been his subject all her life. She was quite used to facing the camera and it soon became obvious that she was a natural model. The smile came easily and the charm just flowed effortlessly. Her friend Kirsty kept trying to evade the camera as Sarah waved for her to join the scene. Sarah worked nearby and was in the pub that evening celebrating the 60th birthday of Kirsty's Mum. I noticed that her friend was smoking but she was not. 'So you're just keeping her company' I guessed correctly. I took a few shots of Sarah with her friend and then some of her alone. It was like a dream come true to have two gorgeous women pose for me. I think secretly I want to be a fashion photographer but don't tell anyone. I did let the women know that they had made my evening as I wished them a pleasant one before leaving.
Although I'm quite pleased with the shot I did wish I had a better lens than the kit 18-150mm. I had to work a little on the colours and vibrance because the lens is not the clearest or brightest I've worked with. But as a street photography course leader recently told me it doesn't matter what lens or camera you have - it's the shot that counts. Yet there is a part of me that feels with portraits a decent lens does make a difference. And this shot is definitely more portrait than street photography.
This picture is #12 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the <a href="https://www.flickr.com/groups/100strangers/">100 Strangers Flickr Group page</a>