She walked up to me and she asked me to dance

April 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Black and white outdoor photograph of a woman dressed in dark hoodGirl at Westminster BridgeOutdoor portrait in London by Drew McWilliams Photography

We were picnicking with a few friends in the Westminster Bridge area of London and, as is my wont, I wandered off a little with my camera to see what I could find.

 

When I travel I usually carry my little Sony RX100 to capture a bit of Street Photography. The camera fits into my jeans pocket and is usually set to auto.

 

I had photographed around this spot during another picnic earlier in the week, and was looking for something a little different; an angle of the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge that I hadn't observed or picked up previously.

 

At first I hardly noticed two girls laughing and photographing one another but as I turned to re-join my party, the first thing I noticed was that one of them was quite heavily pregnant.

 

“How lovely”, I thought, for these two friends to to have so much fun together and making first photographs of baby in such a charming spot.

 

Then I noticed how beautiful both were.

 

I approached them and asked if I might photograph them and was delighted that they said, “Yes!”

 

Turns out they are sisters and were thrilled that I could photograph them together at this happy and exciting time in the life of the family (the "bump" photographs remain private).

 

As we left the area I became aware that I didn’t even know their names!
I had handed over my business card and waited for them to get in touch.

 

Thankfully they did.

Black and white photograph of a lady at Westminster Bridge with Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in the backgroundGirl at Westminster BridgeLifestyle photography in London

When I was growing up in the 1970s I was, and still am, a great fan of (Sir) Ray Davies and The Kinks. The album, "Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One" is one of my all time favourites and I always found that it could lift my spirits if I was feeling a bit low.


"Lola" is one of their best selling songs from 1970 and a few of the lyrics came to mind:

She walked up to me and she asked me to dance
I asked her her name and in a dark brown voice she said, "Lola"
L-O-L-A Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola


Except I walked up to her and asked to take her photograph
….and her name (it turns out) is Ramona.


I wish I had asked her to dance!

 

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Professional family and children's portrait photography in Northern Ireland. Drew is a qualified Associate member of both the 'Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers' and the 'National Photographic Society'. He is qualified to Licentiate level with the 'Professional Photographers Association of Northern Ireland' and is a Master Photographer of the 'National Photographic Society'.

 

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