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1 amazing way to boost your confidence

You might have noticed that saying hello to a stranger who you want to photograph can be daunting! I know when I first started doing it I made lots of excuses to myself to get out of it, ‘they look too busy’, ‘the light’s no good’, ‘it’s not my thing’, and more. Really I was worrying that the stranger might think I’m weird, about having nothing to say, and about whether the photo would be  good enough. Doing NOWportrait takes some courage!

Last week NOWportrait was invited to the Leeds Waterfront Festival to run a workshop. Jordan was one of the people who came along, and at first he was really nervous to approach a stranger, but he was determined to give it a go. It took him a while to pluck up the courage and when he did, the first people he met were Rubel and his wife…

At the end of the day, Jordan said “I had a fantastic time at the event, even though it was scary walking up to random strangers, it was such a confidence boost!”

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Rubel Roy – NOWportrait by Jordan Lowry
Rubel was actually the first person I spoke to, when I finally gathered up enough nerve to actually approach someone. Turns out he was a really friendly guy who I somehow kept bumping into. Originally from Bangladesh, Rubel recently moved to Leeds with his lovely wife who he married in January.

The whole weekend of the festival was fantastic and full of pirates, mermaids, artists, stalls, music, steampunk, boat races and excited visitors. Check out the NOWportrait Facebook group to see who everyone met.

And, if you’d like to join in, please do! Say hello to someone you’ve never met before, have a chat and find out their story, take a portrait and share your NOWportrait with us in the Facebook group and on Twitter or Instagram #NOWportrait.

 

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Things to do in London this weekend

Are you looking for something fun, challenging and creative to do in London this weekend? Then look no further! Come and join us on our second ever London meet up when we’ll be doing a NOWportrait photo walk around Soho and Chinatown on Sunday June 8th. It’ll be an amazing opportunity to come together and support each other, and we’re sure to meet lots of interesting strangers to photograph en route too.

In fact the whole weekend looks like being a lot of fun in London with the Gumball Rally pulling in to Regent’s Street on Sunday (catch some celebrity NOWportraits!), Field Day over in Victoria Park, East London for festival-goer NOWportraits, Soho Food Feast for foodie NOWportraits and perhaps some Penny Farthing cyclist NOWportraits at Jupiter London Nocture? It looks like summer has officially started and we can’t wait to see who you meet!

Meet Anna, Vicolo, Frank and Clive, all living or working in London…

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Anna – NOWportrait by Fiona Yaron-Field
Anna has just arrived from Russia to London this week. she has come to do an MA in Business. She comes to the cafe opposite her home to eat as she doesn’t want to eat alone in her flat. We all, the staff and customers, got chatting in the cafe, it was so nice to meet everyone!

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Vicolo – NOWportrait by Kate Boswell
It was his tribal look, the smooth way in which he walked and his height that first draw me to him. After a chat I found out he had been up all night doing an event for a band. He had just bought some cheese from the market and was on his way home to relax for the day.

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Frank – NOWportrait by Lucy Williams
I’d been up early to watch the sunrise over London and I’d asked two strangers if I could take their photos. They both said no so I was really pleased when Frank said yes! Frank is working on a new office build at Kings Cross and he’d just popped to the hardware store in Camden to pick something up. He lives on the south coast by the sea, which he loves, and commutes into London every day to work. It takes an hour and 45mins but he thinks it’s worth it to live somewhere lovely. He told me that the new areas in Kings Cross are billed to be ‘the Manhattan of London’ when it’s all finished.

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Clive – NOWportrait by Richfoto
I met this gentleman Clive earlier, who was running his market stall right by Shoreditch Overground. He was selling watches, musical instruments & the camera he was holding. – ME: “How long have you been on the market Clive…?” CLIVE: “Too long….”

For our meet up on Sunday we’ll be meeting outside The Curzon Cinema on Shaftesbury Ave in Soho at 11am – join in on the NOWportrait Soho event page to follow updates and to let us know you’re coming. You’ll just need to bring:

1. a sense of adventure
2. camera / camera phone
3. notebook/ smartphone: to keep a note of your stranger’s story & contact details
4. appropriate comfortable shoes/raincoat for being outdoors and walking a comfortable mile or so.

And if you’re out and about somewhere else in London or the world, why not join in NOWportrait too?  Remember to share the people you meet with the NOWportrait community by posting their portraits in the Facebook group, and on Twitter or Instagram #NOWportrait.

See you on Sunday!

If you’d like to organise your own NOWportrait meet up where you live, drop us a line and we’ll support you to do that wherever you are:  

And if you liked this post, you might also like to take a look at our blog post about our first NOWportrait meet up on London’s Leather Lane NOWportrait Meet Up 1: Leather Lane, London