Friday, March 30, 2012

That Time I Modeled for Japanese Tourists

 

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.

 

14 comments:

eef said...

haha! that's hilarious! but awesome too--and those are cool photos!

Elisha(: said...

hahaha toooooo funny!! And dang girl!! Your STUNNING!!! <3

Lauren said...

You're gorgeous lady!! Those are some awesome photos. And such a funny story too lol.

GingerPeachT said...

That would be so much fun!!
Love the photos :-)

Blue Dog Belle said...

You're stunning! I found you on Megan's blog, so glad I did!

Courtney B said...

HA HA! Well it is safe to say that you are DEFINITELY model material so I can't blame them for snapping pictures of you :)
And your dress? LOVE IT!

Larissa Tenorio said...

Welp. Not surprising. You are, after all, gorgeous.

Catherine said...

Hahaha.. Sounds hilarious. Great pictures!

XO,
Catherine
FEST

Kat said...

I just found your blog and love it! I am an au pair in Prague during the summer, so your blog hit a soft spot in my heart. :)

Lil' Bit and Nan said...

I also remember this day. You were nervous about how much eye makeup I was putting on you. The pictures turned out well though. You beautiful minx, you.

Mariel Torres said...

That's so funny! You, doll, are absolutely stunning by the way.

Matt said...

Yay! Good times :)

Kym ((bitty)) said...

that is one of the most fun stories i've heard in a long time. and don't you just look absolutely gorgeous?! no wonder those tourists wanted photos of you. the only time japanese tourists took impromptu photos of me was when two friends of mine stood on the iconic lion statues at the new york public library and mooned everyone. come to think of it, i guess they really weren't at all interested in me...

xo
kym
bitty.and.bunny

Emma Frances said...

That is awesome! And hilarious! :] Yay for a day of fame!!

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