Dog Days of Summer


What a fabulous day, I tell ya! I had a photo shoot this morning out at ol’ Fort York, where I met up with a guy who has a garden plot inside the armouries property. It was hot as heck, though. Luckily I got da 15 SPF slathered all over my fair skin. I then popped by a jewellery store and got some shots of there. I’m meeting the owner on the weekend for photos of her, but I got some great shots of her Dad busy making jewellery in the back. I then shot a Yoga studio, two coffee shops, another Yoga studio and a tea room. Met lots of interesting people, including the lady above. Her husband (who used to be my electrical teacher in high school) owns a junk store on Queen St. E. near one of the yoga studios so I simply sat down with her and her three lady friends out front of the store for a chat in the shade. Never talked to any of them before in my life. At first they all stopped and looked at me like, what the heck do you want. I opened with, “Sure’s a hot one, eh?” Then I complimented the pooch and snapped his photo without even raising my camera. I just shot from the hip, so to speak, so as not to cause the dog to react to it. Within a couple of seconds they were all chatting with me like I was a long lost nephew. 🙂 Soon enough one of them went to get my old teacher and we had a good chat. He didn’t remember me, but I didn’t expect he would. In high school I was the kid who tried his hardest to blend in with the lockers unnoticed. 🙂

Now, this might not seem like anything to y’all, but keep in mind I’m so darn shy I really don’t speak to many people, let alone start conversations. But today I was on my game and really applied myself. I think part of it was everyone was so darn friendly and accommodating, because they knew I was there for a purpose. I’ve got two more shoots tomorrow and one Saturday, plus three I’ve yet to set up. And tonight I start my photography course at the Lens Factory on Queen St. E. Yay!

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6 Responses to Dog Days of Summer

  1. chesshirecat says:

    I don’t think I could just plop down and start chatting like that…like you I’m so shy, the wall flowers have more “fun” than me! Love the photo… once again, I’ve worn another smile because of your work! Thanks.

  2. lynnwiles says:

    Quite the day for you Dave.

  3. Clara says:

    Haha, quite the adventure! As a journalism student I’ve definitely struggled with talking to strangers. It always so interesting, though!

  4. davecandoit says:

    Thanks everyone. Yes, it’s been a day and a half. I just got in from my class. On my way home I had to stop by one of the yoga studios for a night shot, at the request of the proprietor. Worked out great. I didn’t have enough juice in the batteries to download any photos but I’m charging them as we speak for tomorrow. The class was lots of fun, by the way. Very small, just three of us. But it’s great for learning.

  5. milkayphoto says:

    Sounds like you are becoming quite the working photographer! 🙂

    Classes are always fun. I can imagine you are soaking up every detail! Good for you, Dave!! 🙂

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