Friday, October 24, 2008

The Grande Dame


Photographer's Rule # 1 ..... NEVER leave your camera at home.  If  I had today, I would have missed this fabulous lady!  Another "museum" shot.  I get at least one every week, I promise.  There I am being the cheerful but not terribly knowledgable exhibit greeter today,  and I look up and this lovely lady,  along with some of her friends came right by me.  After I told her how gorgeous she looked in that spiffy hat with the bright green feathers,  I flew downstairs to get my camera.  They were having a birthday luncheon for one of her friends in the museum cafe, and I  knelt by her chair ( I was prepared to grovel) and asked if I could take her picture. She cheerfully agreed and made sure I got her new handbag in the shot.  She asked me what I would do with it,  and I told her with any luck at all she would be on the internet by morning.  She laughed and said she didn't even HAVE the internet!! Thank you Miss Terry for making my day.  By the way, her friend told me she's quite spirited.  I already knew that! 

The Tune du Jour is for you Miss Terry - "The Way You Look Tonight" by Rod Stewart

PARIS COUNTDOWN .....23 DAYS!



30 comments:

Katie said...

What a wonderful photo! Miss Terry looks like she'd be a fun person to hang out with and I love her whole outfit!

Tanya said...

She's just beautiful!

Virginia said...

Sorry my post didn't go up at 12:15 am like usual. I am thinking Blogger is out to get me!

Katie, great to see your smiling face again. Welcome home. I am sure Paris is not the same without you!

Tanya,
She IS beautiful isn't she!

Webradio said...

Hello Virginia !
Very great DAME !

Nice photo, with a good text...
Have a good day !

ken mac said...

True party animals! Love that urn and those colors. They haven't started changing like that in NYC yet.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Beautiful post. Well done, indeed.

Jilly said...

She's just wonderful. Age gives you freedom to be yourself and she's grabbed it. Love her.
And how right you are about never going out without a camera.

Snapper said...

She certainly looks "quite spirited". And nice of you to remind us all about rule #1. Since you had to rush downstairs, maybe it's time to get yourself a little point-and-shoot that goes in a pocket...

Tasha K. said...

What a great photo! You really captured her fun-loving spirit here. I love that hat!

Olivier said...

un beau portrait et une belle histoire. En effet un bon bloggeur ne doit jamais oublier son APN, souvent je m'en suis mordu les doigts de ne pas avoir mon APN avec moi ;o)

a beautiful portrait and a great story. Indeed a good blogger must never forget his camera, I am often bitten fingers do not have my camera with me ;o)

PJ said...

Good morning, Virginia, there's nothing like a group of Grand Dames on an outing to celebrate something special in their lives. Miss Terry made my day, Miss Virginia (don't you just love that we get to be "that little girl" no matter how old we get?). And I never, never, never leave the house without earrings or my camera!

rob said...

She has a really strange handbag. I cannot see very well. What is it? Seems a pizza ! Great shot anyway!Great smile under those feathers!

Halcyon said...

Wonderful portrait! I believe you have caught Miss Terry's spirit perfectly. It looks like all the ladies had a wonderful time.

Clueless in boston said...

Great shot. Miss Terry looks like a hoot and I bet she's a shark playing checkers with her great-grandchildren. Green is my favorite color and it looks like it is hers too.

Wasn't there commercial for Visa credit card with a tagline, "don't leave home without it?" A good rule of thumb for your camera.

Wayne said...

Talk about dressed to the nines. She looks like a force to be reckoned with.

Petrea said...

Another one of your fabulous portraits! I hope one of her friends will show it to her.

Judy - So California said...

Virginia, I was disappointed when I didn't see your Friday post as I headed to bed last night. More then worth the wait to meet Miss Terry! If you only had your great photo we would know she was "spirited" but your words go on to tell it all. For sure lets hope one of her friends will share with her.

Petrea said...

Virginia, you've got another BFF award (no obligation, my friend). It's at my blog today.

Virginia said...

I am so glad you loved Miss Terry as much as I did. Rob I am still laughing about the "pizza purse'. It's a flower I think !

Petrea, You are a dear. Merci beaucoup for thinking of me.

Snap, I bought point and shoot but it's not pocket sized either although it's smaller than my Rebel. I hate those tiny ones because they don't usually have a viewfinder that works. I've lost some shots because I don't always have it. They laugh at me for bringing my camera in when I work at the museum but I get some good ones every time!

Tootie said...

What a beautiful photo of a high spirited lady. :-) I'm glad you ran after your camera.

Sharon said...

What a fantastic littl lady! She does have that spirited look about her.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Before digital cameras the "rule of thumb" was not to put your thumb over the lens, or to leave the lens cap on. Times have changed.

Rambling Round said...

Fantastic!
Pretty neat lady.

alice said...

Lovely Miss Terry! A strong personality, I guess! Her psychedelic handbag made me laugh.

Dusty Lens said...

Lovely portrait! can't help but smile viewing this photo. Well done! Yes, bring that camera everywhere.

Marie-Noyale said...

Perfect title!!
That is A grande dame!!

Eki Akhwan said...

What a wonderful lady she is. I can feel her cheerfulness and life enerty just by looking at her photo. It definitely is her and the way you photographed her.

I can't agree more with your advice for photographers, V: Never leave your camera at home! How true it is.

babooshka said...

Blogger has been all over the shop like myself. What a wonderful lady. I wnat to gae just like this, especially with the hat.

Louis la Vache said...

What great fun, Virginia!
We're glad you had your camera with you!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful group of ladies living life to the fullest. Friends add so much to life. Thanks mother for letting me know your photo was on the internet (she's the one in the middle). Love you all,

Chris