People of Portland

Today I overcame my anxiety around asking strangers if I can photograph them.  Maybe it was having my sister with me or being in a city I didn't live in or just the general friendliness I was getting from everyone we spoke to but today was the day. 

23Hoyt Bartender Portland
Portland Street Style Providence Park Max Station

My first portrait this morning was of the bartender at 23Hoyt, a beautifully designed and artfully decorated space in the NW area of Portland.  I plan on doing a whole post about that place because it was just smashing.  Anyway, he had struck a pose at the bar sipping on his coffee as he waited for more drink orders to come through and I just thought it was marvelous so I walked over to him and asked if he'd mind if I took his photo.  Thankfully he obliged and then he inquired about my camera (apparently he had studied photojournalism) so we geeked out for a minute.  I felt pretty encouraged by his reaction and our interaction afterwards so about an hour later at a Max stop when I came upon a gentleman who just looked so incredible, I simply had to ask him too!  He had floral pants on, a great shirt, snazzy shoes, a hat, and a case (portfolio?).  I overheard a lady nearby complimenting his hat and I hopped on the bandwagon further complimenting him and asking for his photo.  He seemed more than pleased so I was able to snap his image as well. 

Barista at Coava Coffee Portland

Then I asked a gal at a beautiful coffee shop (Coava, going to post about them soon as well) and she said sure but I don't think my request quite translated as she kept moving about like a bumble bee hard at work.  It still made for a great environmental portrait which is exactly what I want to spend more time working on so that was awesome.  Lastly a portrait of a non-stranger, my beautiful little sister Cecille.  Definitely feeling inspired with this style of portraiture and can see how this could be something I keep working towards in the future.   

Danielle Elliott

Seattle, WA, USA

I'm a photographer, brand strategist, and creative living in Seattle. I'm a travel enthusiast with a passion for storytelling and digging into as many creative endeavors as I can.