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Steve Pepple | all galleries >> Photo a Day >> July 2004 > July 14, 2004 - Pirate smile
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July 13, 2004 Steve Pepple

July 14, 2004 - Pirate smile

Ann Arbor, Mich.

Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band
Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you'll marry a music man
Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand
And now she's in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand.
- Tiny Dancer by Elton John


I was standing at a crosswalk in downtown Ann Arbor yesterday at lunchtime waiting for the light
to turn when I glanced over at this young woman standing next to me with her Doobie Brothers T-shirt,
a matching bow in her hair and a wonderful guitar shaped purse hanging from her shoulder. She
looked at me and gave me a smile that was the nicest smile I have seen in a long time. I couldn't help
but smile back. The crosswalk light went on and as we walked across the street I overcame my natural
shyness and asked if I could take her photo. She smiled again and said sure, so as we walked along
I got a few shots of her. Trouble is, I didn't capture what I wanted to capture. The photos don't do her
justice. She really had a magical smile that lit up her face. And afterwards, that Elton John song just kept
going through my head. I was going to make this my PAD on Tuesday, but felt I had missed the mark.
But as I thought about it, I realized that I wanted to share this wonderful encounter. I don't know her name,
but I sure hope good things come to her in life. Whoever you are, thanks for that smile.


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Guest 17-Jan-2008 23:48
Did you tell her you were going to put her pic up on the internet?
Anne Young15-Jul-2004 01:18
She's adorable!! I love her style. This is a great shot.
Steve Pepple15-Jul-2004 00:46
Yes, Evans, you hit the nail right on the head. She had a much nicer smile than this. I think we both were a bit self-conscious so it just didn' t work out right. And thanks I really do appreciate your comments and constructive criticism.
Guest 14-Jul-2004 18:05
It's a nice portrait... personally I find the very light background a little distracting, and I think she looks a little self-conscious - that smile does not look altogether warm and spontaneous to me. However that's just my opinion and I am hardly an expert - so I hope you are not offended. You've still captured her liveliness and joie de vivre.
Jude Marion14-Jul-2004 16:53
What awonderful chance encounter. Thanks for sharing with us!
She does have a great smile ... bet it had you smiling all day, Steve!
Very nice portrait!
Gayle P. Clement14-Jul-2004 14:08
Super shot, Steve. It may not be exactly what you were striving for, but it shows a woman who loves life and is enjoying it to the fullest.
Gary Blanchette14-Jul-2004 12:14
Man that freaked me out at first! Great shot!