Haze's strangers: No.74: Katie by quietpurplehaze

Haze's strangers: No.74: Katie

Yesterday I took Jinks to Upham Pet Clips for a trim. The fuss he makes when I try to groom hm myself makes it really not worth the hassle.

Hilary, who owns the dog-grooming business, was not around when we arrived and we were met by Katie. I handed Jinks over to her and she suggested I could collect him at 3 o'clock. I didn't recall ever meeting Katie before so I explained my strangers' project and asked if she would agree to me taking her portrait when I collected Jinks. She immediately said yes.

When I returned for Jinks, Hilary was in the dog grooming room and I checked that she did not mind me taking photos. She suggested that Katie might stand in front of a doggy poster for the photos and as it was bright sunshine outside, that's what we did. Jinks meantime, was trying his best to extricate himself from his confinement so I bribed him with a couple of dog biscuits I'd taken with me.

The photos of Katie were all lovely except that I had not realised how much the sunlight streaming through the door and window to the side of her was reflecting on to her face. It was not evident on the camera screen when I checked the shots.

Thus I decided to post a black and white portrait. To date, there are only 10% b&w shots in my 74 strangers' portraits - perhaps when I've finally completed 100 portraits I'll begin again but exclusively in black and white.....

Katie started at Upham Pet Clips on her work experience project. She obviously liked it as she has worked there for 7 years. She told me that she finds it creative and could not think of any disadvantages to the work. She herself has a miniature schnauzer in the salt and pepper colour.

Outside work, Katie's interests are mainly her role as a scout leader and she also enjoys visiting American hot rod car shows with her dad who has a 1940 Plymouth in turquoise green.

Jinks looks great in his 'winter' trim.
How excellent to see a young girl looking so happy with her life! Lookoing forward to seeing Jinks in his new autumn look.
October 7th, 2016  
Lovely portrait, I am sure she will be pleased with a copy of this photo.

Hope Jinks survived his ordeal.
October 7th, 2016  
Nicely captured. I love the black and white!
October 7th, 2016  
beautiful portrait! Million Dollar Smile!
October 7th, 2016  
Lovely portrait shot, lighting and smile :)
October 7th, 2016  
holy moley! you're at #74 already. i haven't gotten past #12 in the last 3 years! good for you!
October 7th, 2016  
@summerfield

I AM retired!!!!!!!
October 7th, 2016  
Great capture Hazel, Katie looks just right in black and white, love the detail from the tonal range, I've also got a long way to go to match your impressive tally of 74 strangers:)
October 7th, 2016  
@pcoulson

Thank you and yes, but I started way before you, Peter!
October 7th, 2016  
This photo is good in black &white Hazel, I think there might have been a chance that the colourful dog poster behind might have overshadowed the lovely Katie!
October 7th, 2016  
Lovely portrait!
October 7th, 2016  
@happypat

A good point, Pat - hadn't thought of that but I did want to include the dogs on the poster.
October 7th, 2016  
bep
Lovely portrait and a nice story - as always.
October 7th, 2016  
A lovely smile and portrait with the dog poster behind and very nice in B/W.
October 7th, 2016  
A lovely happy portrait :)
October 7th, 2016  
Katie is genuinely enjoying the portrait experience, obviously comfortable with your way of handling the shoot, and you've taken her with a lovely smile. The light adds contrast and shows a natural environment.
October 7th, 2016  
A lovely face & I am in awe of how much information you find out:) well done.
October 7th, 2016  
Awesome picture.
October 8th, 2016  
the choice of location with the dog poster background is excellent , the sunlight has given the shot a high key artistic effect. Excellent Haze :)
October 9th, 2016  
@phil_howcroft

Phil, thank you - I had to take some trouble post processing this.
October 10th, 2016  
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