The most common is when men and women both walk by and insist they are the model. I will play along and tell everyone please to not let it out, that they were my model. This banter happens at least 5 times a day at an art festival. Normally everyone know we are joking, but once, this past spring, a Mom actually got a little hostile and really insisted that I must have some how gotten hold of her daughter’s photo shoot last month, because she had that exact same pink bra. This was funny considering, that I know the model quite well, and that bra actually had been black and I changed it to pink because I could. And, it takes me a heck of a lot longer than a few weeks to create most of my art, so it was also pretty outrageous of the Mom to be so upset.
A lot of times women will insist that I have captured their lover perfectly. Or the men will insist I have captured their wife or lover perfectly. I always find this to be sweet. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I am a sucker for love.
The funniest interaction was with a couple and their children, that actually ended up becoming friends after this – The little boy insisted that the couple embracing (The Seduction above) was Mommy and Daddy. So I asked the little boy why that was – he said they were hugging. Which is kind of what they were doing. I thought it was great because the kid obviously saw his parents as affectionate and happy with each other. Something not every child has the privilege of seeing.
I once was at a show where across from me was a woman with beautiful, ruebinesque women. More than once I heard “Before … After”. I was never sure before and was after what. Although if the cupcakes I am sitting next to as I write this blog have there way as they silently call to me it will be before and after the cupcakes!