Being a wedding photographer, I am not shy, because I know it is expected of me to take photos. As a street photographer though, I am rather shy. I don’t like shooting paparazzi style because it makes me feel shady. I don’t like asking because then the stranger might find me strange and I am scared that they might chase me away with a baseball bat. This is especially true after being screamed at in French after trying to get a photos of a restaurant menu in Paris…but that’s a story for another time.
I’ve been having a hard time trying to break out of this shell and finally pushed myself over the edge after reading a post by Julia of Mr and Mrs Globe Trot . She was trying to get photos of Turkish women and this is what she said:
“I never got turned down so much when asking for a photo, but it was worth it for the handful I did get. [Rejection is painful at first, but after a few times of feeling dumb, you get used to it.]”
I figured, if Julia survives asking for photos in a foreign country where the culture is one of the most conservative, what’s the worst thing that could happen to me while asking for photos in San Diego? Had she not asked for the photos, she would’ve missed out on all those beautiful portraits of women of Istanbul. And, like she said, you’ll get used to the rejection. That’s what I gotta do. Do it often and get use to it. Go at it. Have no fear….have no fear….have no fear…
Thank you Julia for the inspiration!