This is Courtney / by AB Mann

I used to be more bashful about portraits, even with friends. Of late, I am more strongly compelled by my desire, if not need, to capture an excellent shot when the opportunity presents. The light yesterday coming through the windows at this coffee shop was magnificent.

This is Courtney. She is a wonderful human being both inside and out. She would, of course, vehemently laugh it off.

What to say next?

What to say next?

Thinking that doesn't hide the light in her eyes.

She, like most people, doesn't like having a camera trained on her. She, like many, thinks she isn't a particularly attractive person.

She, like most people, is wrong.

I can give you cherubic and elfin.

I can give you cherubic and elfin.

Until you mention that she is blushing.

 Man, don't point out my cheeks

 Man, don't point out my cheeks

What are you doing to me

What are you doing to me

At which point the light bubbles over in to endearing and delighted laughter. Which always gives way to reluctant, and a little dubious, amusement.

You say these things.... 

You say these things....