In 2018, I was out in Death Valley waiting for the sun to rise, looking around for an interesting shot, when this couple walked into the area that I was going to shoot. I couldn't get mad at them for it; it's a wide-open desert, and frankly, it's wasn't much of a shot. They just stood in the frame holding hands, and I thought to myself, "it's sort of a cool pic now that they are in it." so I took a few frames.
When they walked back toward me, I told them that I got this cute-ish photo of them. I showed them the pic and explained that if they wanted it, I'd gladly email it to them. (after all, it's not like they hired me to shoot it) The wife (assuming it was his wife) was excited and started to give me her email. The husband cut her off and just asked for my card. The vibe that I got from the guy was that I just asked them if they wanted to extend their car's warranty. He took my card, folded it in half, and walked back to the parking lot with his wife. I thought to myself, "what a dick, I should delete that pic right now."
Months later, the guy did reach out and asked if I remembered who they were. Instead of saying anything back, I just sent over the JPG. In a follow-up email, the guy explained that he was now living overseas and that the photo I took captured one of his final days living in the states. In fact, my photo captured the very last sunrise he saw in the US. Lastly, he did apologize for being a little "off-putting". He explained that he was a little emotional that morning and didn't expect to talk to anyone.
I told him, “it’s fine and then sold him a new warrantee for his car. Sucker!!! I am joking of course, but it just goes to show, don't change who you are even if someone is a dick.... they might have a reason that has nothing to do with you. 🤓
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