Yesterday, September 30, 2012, I photographed 19 year old model MacKenzie Grissom. She started modeling when she was 15.
Except for eyeliner, MacKenzie is wearing no makeup.
She’s studying Business Administration in college, the first model with that major I have photographed. She told me she plans to earn an MBA after she completes her undergraduate education.
We created this photograph on Haight Street in San Francisco.
This was MacKenzie’s first visit to Haight Street. It was an intense introduction, with lively street performers, including one who used his vintage hard sided suitcase as a kick drum.
The weather was beautiful, and lots of people were out.
This photograph was taken in the doorway of Ambiance SF, which is a part of a chain of trendy boutiques in San Francisco. MacKenzie was standing outside the store, looking at the rack of clothes for sale situated outside the door of the business. I was standing on the public sidewalk, far from the door. A curt employee approached and said no photographs were permitted, even outside the store. We left, but I was baffled. Every other store on Haight Street has welcomed me — truly welcomed me. I hope that someone higher up at Ambiance will reach out to me and invite me to use their store as a backdrop. It’s to the store’s benefit, because I mention places I visit on my blog, any my photographs reflect well on the stores, I believe.
I took this picture with a Canon 5D Mark II camera. Click the photograph twice in delayed succession to see the full size version of this picture.