This past Saturday in Dallas, TX marked the annual Fall for the Arts, a celebration of all the arts in the North Texas/Dallas area. I photographed this free event last year and really enjoyed it. (Click here to see that blog post). If you're a photographer that enjoys photographing people, this is a great opportunity as there are people from various locations around DFW in one place. Based on last year, I figured it would be crowded so I took the Dart Rail to the Arts District station and proceeded to walk toward Klyde Warren Park (KWP). Last year I missed the Dallas Black Dance Theatre production that was held on the stage outside the Winspear Opera House. I decided to go there first, but when I arrived, there was no one there. So, I headed toward the Nasher Sculpture center because last year that's where the had the Asian culture performances and vendors along Flora St, but there was no one there either. I proceeded up Harwood St to KWP to where the main festivities were being held. I found a schedule and all the performances where only and KWP and not spread out like last year. This year's event was scaled back quite a bit. Previously there were four stages, this year there was only two, both located at KWP. I thought at first maybe the other stages are located somewhere else, but from the schedule, there are right here at KWP. I hung around for a few hours, walked around, took some shots and went home. Here are some of the photographs I took.
Klyde Warren Park
Back in December (2013), I was at Klyde Warren Park, looking to take some stranger portraits with the huge Christmas Tree in the background. I saw two ladies taking each other's picture in front of the tree and I offered to take a picture of both of them, they said sure. One of the ladies handed me her camera and I took a few shots for them. I told them I was out taking stranger portraits and would they mind if I take a shot of them with my camera as well, they kindly agreed. I told them if they wanted a copy of the picture I would send it to them and I gave them one of my business cards.
A few weeks later I got an email from Nu, requesting a copy of the picture. She also stated she was in real estate and would need a head shot very soon. I sent her the picture taken at Klyde Warren and offered to take her head shot whenever she was ready. In February, Nu contacted me regarding the head shot and we setup an appointment.
After the shoot, Nu told me this was her first photo shoot and she said something that really blessed me. She said I made her feel very comfortable. That was very encouraging to hear. That's the goal of any photographer, because once you become comfortable in front of the camera, the images become authentic. This is the second time, I've taken a strangers portrait, that later turned into a client. It was a great experience and we had an awesome time at the studio. Below are some of the images from Nu's very first photo shoot.