Welcome and thank you for joining me for yet another funny story! This photo to the left is a collage of four images I shot for a wonderful customer in Florida (her boyfriend and my husband share a love of automobiles!). She provided me with a list of cars that her boyfriend loves and I was off on the hunt…

Person at Car Dealership Sales Desk:
“Hello, how may I help you?”
Me:“Hi! I’m a photographer and I’m looking for the blah-blah-blah car – do you have any in stock that I’d be able to photograph?”
Person at Desk: click…dial tone….
Me: “Hello? Is anyone there?”

[repeat above conversation several times]

Then, finally, I found a helpful salesman! He had my Cadillac XLR in stock! Happy dance!

Joe the Salesman: “Uh, yeah, we gotchya Caddy in stock hear at da showroom. When d’ya wanna come in?”
Me: “Right away!”

So I pack up my 30 pounds of gear (including my great-aunt’s old Kodac Duaflex viewfinder, which gives these photos a wonderful, grainy quailty) and trundle off to the dealership. There, glowing bright white under the sun-filled skylights of the spotless showroom floor, is my car. A chorus of angels sings, a halo of white light surrounds my 2009 Caddilac XLR, and I unpack my camera bag, eager to begin my work. The chorus comes to an abrupt halt when I recognize the voice of Joe the Salesman.

Joe: “Hiya”
Me: “Hi Joe, thank you so very much for allowing me to come in and-“
Joe [moving closer to car]: “Yeah, yeah, no prob. So do you, like, do this for a livin’ or somethin?”
Me: “Well, I’m certainly trying!”
Joe [now standing in front of car]: “So do ya want me to lay across the hood or somethin’?”
Me: stunned silence, mouth open
Joe: “I have a speedo I can wear.”
Me: “Erm, gee, Joe, I really appreciate that offer but I think I’d never sell another photograph again.”
Chorus of Salesmen in Background: “OOOOOOOH, JOE, she told YOU!”

Luckily for me (and my customer) Joe quickly flees the scene and I’m free to capture the car. Without Joe. Or his speedo. And everyone is happy.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s story!