How often do we count our blessings? Daily, I strive to be thankful for the happiness in so many dimensions of my life and in particular for family, friends, and the enchantment photography has been for me for countless years. I began to think of a way to reach out to others using my photography in a random way to spread good feelings.
Rather than the time usually devoted to photographic art with clients and using my large professional camera, I decided just using my snapshot camera would be a great and fun way to interact with people to spread smiles in a random act of kindness way.
The following idea bubbled up in my mind...be at a certain location, look for the first of six people passing by wearing a pink shirt and ask for permission to pose with a smile for my blog, holding a heart/love painting. In return, they would be thanked with a little gift card to a donut and coffee shop. Name, address and other particulars not needed...just an exchange of smiles and a wish to have a nice day!
The Farmer's Market at New Smyrna Beach I selected for the location. Held every Saturday morning, it's a great place to be and was recently voted the best farmer's market in all of central Florida, by an Orlando publication. Holly is always there with her beautiful display of magnificent orchids, Patrick plays his happy steel drum music, and the various booths are filled with abundant produce and tempting culinary treats such a fresh breads and coffees, hand rolled pretzels, delcious oriental spring rolls, freshly caught fish, a myriad of other delights and of course, various craft booths.
With the possibility of rain, and many of the snowbirds having left, there weren't as many people at the market at usual. Most everyone was wearing white - and I had decided the random criteria would be pink! However, within forty minutes, my self-assignment was finished. And I just had to include the stately boxer dog who strolled by sporting a pink bandana! Thanks to all for your nice smiles for my blog here!
Above four photos: Holly and her orchids, Patrick and steel drum, email FreestyleBand4U2@aol.com
Jordan and lettuce from Tomazin Farms and Angel with Fair Trade Bolga baskets www.mybolgabaskets.com