By nature, I am a bit shy and coy. Ok, that’s a lie. I am just a chicken when it comes to a spotlight in front of large audience. That’s the reason I got a zoom lens, so I don’t have to ask people for their photos, I just take them. I’m ok with being the creepy girl on the corner.
But at the Rag and Bone women’s show, I was challenged by my younger sister to go get a photo of Anna Wintour. You see, Julie does this for her job. She can talk to anybody, I mean anybody in a *finger snap* second if somebody asked her to. She also has this talent to make people do what she wants them to do…like that time she coaxed me into taking a photo of Anna Wintour…
So, I started to hyperventilate and my pits are starting to sweat. I try to come up with some kind of reason to run and hide from this monumental task. Julie gives me that look that says “this is a small price to pay for getting you into 20+ shows, so man up!”
So here I go, creeping around polls, outside the hallway, back to the bleachers where she is sitting. I purposely take the longest route possible to approach her. I know I am acting weird, probably like how Mr.Bean would have handled this situation.
I check on my camera. Memory card, check. Auto setting, Check. I can’t take a chance on manual with this one. I coil the camera around my wrist tight, get in the crouching tiger position and fire. Click, nothing. Click, click..NOTHING. My camera isn’t cooperating. I fumble. The whole time I have this vision of getting tackled by her enormous bodyguards and being escorted out…my face will be plastered all over the fashion world and I would never to be let into the shows ever again. I think Bee Shaffer senses this craziness and turns her head. I know I got one more chance. I lift my camera and shoot, this time it works.
I run back so fast I give myself whiplash as I am checking to see if people are coming after me. I think I am safe. Then look up to find my sister who has been observing the whole thing with a “what’s wrong with you?” face.
Mission accomplished. I just hope she doesn’t ask me to take a picture of anyone else.