My first shoot in Pittsburgh is with Danielle Fortwranger. I am excited because her pictures show her off as cute, and comfortable with her body - and she has has roles in a couple of movies (Zack and Miri make a porno + New Terminal Hotel).
We met off the side of the highway/route/whatever it is Pittsburgh has because I missed a turn and stopped the first place I could - but she knew where I was by the color scheme of a nearby building, and found me.
We begin shooting around the building (there are no other cars there but ours) and she dons a dress her friend lent to her that is decades old and G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S.; a a women sticks her head out of a door we are using as a backdrop; "what are you doing?" she demands.
I am very much used to this question, so we explain that we are taking pictures since apparently she didn't see my camera, and, as I am also used to, she needs to know why we are doing it HERE, and why we can't find a better place, because, what is so exciting about her ugly building?
I tell her I like the grungy look and ask if she would like us to move. she says she doesnt care and dissappears back into the building.
Dannie and I shrug and continue shooting. We finished up in this location and drive to look for somewhere else--which is how we ended up at the Busy Beaver, and I still don't know what that is, besides a store. We decide to ask for permission this time, and pretty much have the same conversation with the manager inside, until one of the girls that works there jumps to our rescue explaining why on location shoots are necessary for a model's portfolio.
Well, Dannie and I are fast friends, paired by our lack of an attention span and appeal towards cancer-sticks - and so on... and our pictures are definitely different from her port before I hit it -