The beach was the last place I thought I was going to have an impromtu photo shoot with 25 people all eager for their own 'million dollar picture' but now it doesn't suprise me.
I went to the beach because someone challenged me to take some pictures of something I loved. I was looking around and spending time thinking of what I could take pictures of. My very next thought was who was yelling at me? . I looked at a group of people already posing towards me trying to understand what they were shouting as it caught me off guard. Then I came to my senses as I heard them shout "take a shot!" With their fingers colletively aimed at me. At this point I hesitated, because I wasn't sure what I should do, but then I thought am I dotish or what? Take the blasted picture!
Somehow their group picture lead into a spontaneous and collective stampede into the sea. I wondered if this had to do with my camera or is it something they all do normally. Maybe a bit of both
I felt like I had struck cultural gold. All these young gentlemen who I might have never gotten the opportunity to interact with are enjoying themselves infront of me while being very polite and respectful. I was almost shocked but I didn't know why, I feel like I was still coming to terms with my preconceptions of mischief makers yet I felt so comfortable around them.
And we were just getting started.
All while they played, they each were pointing at me and asking for their very own "million dollar picture". Trying to impress made it even more fun for them as they tried their best to out style each other
I began to follow their legs like a dancing puzzle, trying to figure out who was next to intercept the ball. All while getting so close to the action, I managed to get a little kick myself.
Soon I had all sorts of people getting interested in the photo shoot asking for their own picture. I felt like I stepped back into an age where cameras where a novelty and portraits where valuable moments to be cherished forever.
Things started getting pretty professional here. We actually began testing focus and poses before the jump, almost like I was actually becoming a real photographer, but then I missed the shot so we had to do it again. But luckily the repition inspired some others to join in aswell.
It was certainly a day to remember , and I ended up giving them my contact details so they could all see their pictures. Thank you all for helping and enjoy your 'million dollar pictures'.