I photographed this young man recently and it was a pleasure. He had such a great smile and charm which made my job so much easier. I forget sometimes what it is like to photograph someone who can make my job feel effortless. So often I have to coax out a smile or practically beg and plead for a look in my direction or to get them to stand or sit still.
But Harvey was a dream. Not only did he quite willingly do as I asked but he also helped come up with his own poses. This one below was entirely of his own doing. With a 1, 2, 3 he made it happen and I loved it.
I met Harvey when he was having lunch at his mother's tea shoppe in Hinckley, Dolly's Tea Shoppe. He was delightful and I knew he was someone I'd enjoy photographing. So I made his mum an offer. I would photograph her son in exchange for allowing me to have a couple of framed prints in her shoppe, one of which will be of her son.
I am quite pleased with the way these turned out and I have just the frames in mind to suit the look of her shoppe. Now I just need to choose which of these portraits to frame. I like them all. It might be best if I just ask his Mum what she thinks.