St. Paul is a great place to spend a day, especially when the weather is as gorgeous as it’s been. Everett and I visited my friend from college, Aixa, this afternoon for lunch and a stroll around the pretty city.
I’ve always loved this beautiful gal’s unique style. I asked if I could bring my camera along to try some new lighting techniques with her as my subject (I had photographed her in school for my studio class once before).
Thankfully, she was up for it. It was so much fun for me to photograph her, experiment with my shooting style, and try techniques I’m not confident in without any pressure.
Days like today always refresh my skills and help me to remember why I love being a photographer. It all goes back to my ultimate goal: to view the world using an “artfully refined photographic vision.” We didn’t have any shooting spots preconceived. I trusted myself to recognize the right backdrops in the city as we came upon them.
With Everett in his stroller, we browsed at some shops, became friends with a European sales associate, and ate delectable food at Cafe Latte. I always find the way elderly people are so fascinated with babies to be very sweet. Every senior citizen we encountered seemed to be entranced by his little body and silly facial expressions.
It was especially nice today to get to know a friend better. We haven’t had a lot of opportunities to chat and swap life stories in the few years we had classes together, so it was a good day for some of that. Our energies have always been very similar.
Of course, it wouldn’t have been a trip to St. Paul for me without stopping by Primp to visit old coworkers, including one of my best friends, Jamie. And okay, I had a gift card practically burning a hole in my pocket, so I did a little shopping.
It was a day well spent.