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I get a lot of people asking me how I get people to pose for me, especially women.

It’s not as hard as it seems, though different people require different levels of patience and trust.

As an example of patience there is a cute girl I’ve known for over three years.  Actually cute doesn’t cover it, she can be striking.  I’ve wanted to photograph her from the first time I laid eyes on her.  We run into each other three or more times a month and she knows I’m a photographer and I know she likes having her picture taken.  The problem is she’s a practicing Muslim and for it to be proper and permissible a certain protocol must be followed.

Three years of patience have paid off!  Well sort of.  This week she’ll pose for me in traditional Muslim dress and I’m looking forward to the challenge of showing her beauty amidst the traditional dress.  Hopefully this will be just a start to our photographic relationship.  If she and he family like my work and find I’ve treated her fairly and with respect, then it’s possible I can get her to pose in the western clothes she normally wears and I promise you that will be a treat!

Wish me luck, hopefully next week she’ll be my feature photograph!