I’ve often shown you photos taken of me by my wonderful and extremely talented friend, Matt Grashaw. This is no exception. In 2009, Matt and I made our way over to The Santa Monica pier for a vintage inspired photo shoot of awesomeness.
We went around the pier and took photos for several hours. Just as the sun was setting, I began noticing that a small group of Asian tourists had started snapping pictures of me from far away as I posed for Matt. Every one of them had an expensive camera with an enormous zoom lens attached so I imaged they were getting pretty good close-ups. Several minutes later the group had grown to at least five or six of them. I smiled at them from where I stood (in front of the Ferris wheel in the first photo) which apparently was taken as an invitation to come closer, because suddenly Matt and I were completely surrounded by huge cameras. The rest of the tourist group came to join them, and for the next hour we were followed around by a group of 10 or so tourists taking pictures! With flash! Asking me to make certain poses! This resulted in a sort of domino effect – because it seemed like I had a huge group of people trying to photograph me, an even larger group of passerby started accumulating in order to try to figure out who I was. Small children approached me and asked me if I was famous. It was overwhelming and Matt and I really couldn’t do anything but just go with it!
The group of tourists were extremely friendly and we had a really good time talking with them in between and after shooting. They gave us their business cards and asked us to add them on Facebook, and you can bet that each and every one of them came up to take a picture with me. We certainly attracted quite a bit of attention, because one of the street artists came up and offered us free name-art – you know, the kind where they write your name out of palm trees and dolphins and what not – which was pretty fantastic.
Pretty much, the entire day was hilarious.