Kelli is a gregarious, chatty young lady whom I had the pleasure of photographing as part of my Portraits of Philadelphia: Camera Therapy project. I met her, maybe a month or so ago, at the library where I go for the free wi-fi and the pretty decent book/movie selection. She asked me about my lip piercing, specifically, if it hurt as much as people say they do. After some small talk, she was gone….
I noticed her a couple weeks later walking down Germantown Avenue and I made a mental note to ask her to allow me to photograph her if I saw her again at the library. I was delighted to see her again a few days later, at the library, where she breezed in again just like she breezed out before.
When I asked if I could photograph her, she did the typical woman thing and fretted that she may not have been “photo-ready.” In the meantime, we made small talk and I found out that she is a writer, poet, dancer and highly perceptive soul. That seemed to put her mind at ease and made it easy for me to get her to relax.
I hope she realizes her dreams and I am glad that she allowed me to capture her image.