Wednesday, September 7, 2016

On the Street…Cortona, Italy


I love the surprises my job brings!


I was wandering around Cortona and I saw this very chic lady in the blue dress. I watched her for a little while as I considered whether to ask her if I could shoot a portrait of her. As I mentioned before older ladies refuse my request so much that I’ve basically given up and I was going to pass on this shot but then she looked at me and we smiled at each other and then the lady popped her head out of the second floor window and then I knew I HAD to take the shot!


I raised my camera and motioned my intent and to my surprise she not only agreed but even gave me a little attitude-y pose!!! It gets tiresome getting turned down by older women so much but when it does all work it can be a real treasure.


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  1. Stephanie

    September 7, 2016 at 10:04 am

    This is an amazing picture. So full of life!

  2. Peppermint Dolly

    September 7, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Aww, such a sweet story to go with this beautiful shot!!


  3. Bianca

    September 7, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Absolutely beautiful!! Love this shot! I am glad you asked! :)
    Hope your journey is Italy continues to be blessed and full of beauty and surprises!

  4. Sylvain Bombardier

    September 7, 2016 at 10:26 am

    what a wonderful shot… stylish women doing their thing. Bravo!

  5. Sonia

    September 7, 2016 at 10:46 am


  6. S.Castellano

    September 7, 2016 at 10:47 am

    They remind me of my grandma and my gran-grandma, Ana and Justa.Those like me who have grown up in Mediterranean countries do recognise the scene as familiar to us.Grey haired, in summer flowery gowns…Thanks Scott for honouring them.This is not the first time you shoot this type of beyond-age-beautiful-ladies.

  7. lens

    September 7, 2016 at 10:55 am

    It´s really lovely :)

  8. achariya

    September 7, 2016 at 11:04 am

    My grandmother, in her late 80s, would wear bright red lipstick to match the “blonde” of her hair. I remember bringing her to the doctor’s office for a checkup, and when she was called, she got up and turned to fling her brightly colored scarf at me to keep for her…

    She cut such a swath in the room that all the old gentlemen turned their heads to stare at her.

    There’s never an age limit on being chic!

  9. cass

    September 7, 2016 at 11:28 am

    This shot is wonderful! I truly wish they said yes more often, I love faces with lots of character and stories to tell.

  10. Anouk

    September 7, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Absolutely love this shot and the story behind it! I like the lively and carefree attitude of these two ladies.


  11. Irene B

    September 7, 2016 at 11:36 am

  12. Archana

    September 7, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    After all these years, its wonderful to see that you have surprises.

    The lady in the blue dress know how to accessorize.

  13. fabrizio

    September 7, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Great shot! Nothing else

  14. Ali B

    September 7, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Terrific photo! Love it.

  15. Sable Figbar

    September 7, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Charming and lovely. Thanks for persevering!

  16. JV

    September 7, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    That’s a great “capture,” as you photogs like to say. Nice going. And yeah, her pose is fantastic.

  17. Anastasia

    September 7, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    This is such a beautiful shot, Scott!

  18. annemarie

    September 7, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Bellissima!!! :)

  19. Lauren

    September 7, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    It is great that it all worked out. I love her pose, and yet I don’t see what was “chic” about her. I’m not criticizing, I’m just curious as to why she looked chic from your perspective.

  20. Shira

    September 7, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Ah I love this! SO Sweet!

  21. stacey

    September 7, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    These women are lovely. My husband took a very similar shot in southern Germany in 1978, only the woman above was lowering a key on a string to the woman below!

  22. pateeg

    September 7, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    My lovely grandmother Sara wore the same tiny drop earrings since the day of her marriage, that’s 65 years. They were such a part of her. The delicate adornment was such a reflection of the delicacy of her love. We speak such volumes when we dress.

  23. Mireia

    September 7, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I hate when people say that old people doesn’t have style. This woman looks so fab!

    Mireia from TGL

  24. Mrs Queen Takes the Train

    September 7, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Mrs Queen would let you take her photo if you flirted with her a bit. (Thank you for the very nice photograph of the two Italian ladies.)

  25. bonnie

    September 7, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    As one who is older and have wished for more pictures of older women, I am sadden to learn they usually say “no”. I fear they detest what they have become physically over the years. When we are in our 20′s and 30′s we are flowers in bloom. In our 60′s and 70′s we are brown around the edges and drooping. But we’ve lived and loved and bloomed, and our faces show character and strength. Your eye brings our the beauty in everyone. I hope more will say “yes” in the future.

  26. Ann-Marie

    September 7, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    A lovely story and a lovely photo to match. What a wonderful bit of serendipity with that second floor lady peeking out to complement the other.

  27. Tat

    September 7, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    This is SUCH a great shot. I adore how she took a house dress (my mom wears these when cooking, and doing home chores, I think it is a European thing) and has fashionably accentuated it with a scarf. I noticed the woman above it doing the same.

    The pose and smile itself is the greatest accessory of all.

    This photo warms my heart.

  28. Sylvie

    September 7, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Best shot in a while! Fantastic. I love it when the stars align.

  29. Eatingblackfeathers

    September 7, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    This has to be one of my favourites of your shots.
    I am sometimes scared to grow old, to be alone, and to be unfashionable but this makes me believe and also I am Italian and cannot wait to go to Italy for the first time.



    from Montreal


  30. dcsp

    September 7, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    Well, keep on trying Mr. S, ‘cuz if this is the result, it is so worth it! Love the composition, the pose, the attitude, the lighting. Just lovely!

  31. Anna Violante

    September 8, 2016 at 12:55 am

    Le signore della Valdichiana, le cosiddette “Chianine Chic”, sono una vera rarità: apparentemente riottose e riservate nascondono invece una grande ironia…..
    Semplicemente di classe e favolose!!!

    Anna Violante …one of a “Chianina” chic lady:D

  32. Vera

    September 8, 2016 at 5:14 am

    Perfect, I like her attitude and the atmosphere of the picture. Reminds me of my grandmother too.

  33. Christin

    September 8, 2016 at 7:06 am

    I´m in love! Bravo – to the ladies for being so stylish, and to you for the fabulous shot!

  34. jorge Alexandre Teixeira

    September 8, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Nona Giovanna e la sua Amica!!!
    (I just made the name up!!!)

  35. Wilfried

    September 8, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Really nice – great composition too!
    There is still a girl in the older women – they just need to let her out.

  36. Iso

    September 8, 2016 at 8:28 am

    So nice and beautiful. It makes me smile. I wish I will be like that when I get older.

  37. Mariana de Viveiros

    September 8, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Amazing pic! So moving!

  38. jorge Alexandre Teixeira

    September 8, 2016 at 10:49 am

    What about the almost matching scarf detail ? These girls rock !!!

  39. Kate

    September 8, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Best post yet!! The great bonus was the woman in the window!!

  40. BethS

    September 8, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    So lively and relaxed: live till you die!

  41. dina louise

    September 8, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    really really cute shot! it is sad that most older people say no…

  42. sofaundermapletree

    September 8, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    I totally love this photo! Aging gracefully is always beautiful. And she is so cute!

  43. L.

    September 8, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    It is a vicious circle when older women do not want their picture taken because they feel ugly and unstylish. Yet if older women were more represented in the visual world and saw their image presented positively like you have here more would be willing to be a photographic subject. Older women become invisible in the world and it affects their self image in a negative way. Thank you for attempting to change that, please do it as much as you can.

  44. Omi

    September 8, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    We always feel the same age inside, and so the pose reflects that. They look happy. Well done, Scott.

  45. Fernanda

    September 9, 2016 at 3:59 am

    Don’t give up on old ladies, please!

  46. Maria

    September 9, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    She does look very picturesque. Lovely shade of clue.

  47. Wendy

    September 10, 2016 at 4:39 am

    Bravo I love this very much

  48. David Goodfriend

    September 10, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    You of course know of “Advanced Style”?

  49. Mimi

    September 11, 2016 at 1:12 am

    I love this photo, makes me happy. Yes don’t give up on the older women!

  50. Nancy

    September 11, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Such a beautiful photo! At times I wondered why your photos feature so many young people, and I apologise for thinking that you preferred the beautiful young over the handsome old….thank you for educating me today. And for the record, in the future if if anyone asks to take my picture I will not refuse.

  51. Chris

    September 11, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Italian chic is about this! Confidence! & a scarf!

  52. Yolanda

    September 12, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Love, love this picture!!!

  53. jan sarah

    September 12, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Wonderful, great capture!

  54. Maria Araújo

    September 13, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Fantastic story! Nice old woman.

  55. carolyn

    September 14, 2016 at 9:20 am

    The story and the photo, beautifully told and heart warming!

  56. Peyton Blair

    September 15, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    I love this story! I think it is so interesting to see that fashion always plays a part in your life, no matter the age. I also love the fact that the women were enthusiastic about posing for a shot, and I can’t get over the scarves! Fashion lasts a lifetime, and I truly enjoy seeing it in action. This post inspires me to always dress to impress, even when I am old and gray, and to ALWAYS strike a pose.

  57. Annaka A.

    September 16, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Scott, I’m so happy for you that you got this shot. It is sweet to know, that even as a renowned photographer, you have shots that feel really special to you when you get the chance to take them. It’s also great that you try to give people the chance to consent to having their photo taken before you take it.

  58. gigi

    September 17, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Please don’t stop asking!!! please!!!
    These photos are favorite ones:)

  59. domi

    September 20, 2016 at 8:09 am

    What a lovely story!

  60. Alessia Morello

    September 28, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    My beautiful Italy… At the age of 62 my Mom keep to tell me every time I wear too basic or with no passion to go istantly to chance myself! Hahah so funny always! She is so stylish and elegant always!

  61. Itana

    October 10, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Wonderful shot!

  62. silvia

    October 29, 2016 at 4:03 am

    the most beautiful photo of the year, surely!

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