Meeting strangers on the internet is my favorite thing to do.
Ashlyn and I had been following one another on Instagram for maybe, two days, before we decided to hang out. She is so beautiful and had such a cool energy in her Instagram photos. I also had some ideas I'd been wanting to try for a while and she was into it.
We shot for a while and that was fun, but the real thing I love about meeting new people is the conversation that occurs after shoots. We went to Shift, grabbed some iced lattes, and just chatted for an hour or so. We talked about religion, community, and the importance of growing friendships OFF screen. It's so easy to get comfortable only knowing someone through their social media. "Speaking" through likes on a photo. And I'll be the first to admit doing this. It is hard to get out of our comfort zones. Meeting new people is scary. What if they're weird? What if you don't have anything to talk about? What if they don't like dogs? BUT. What if they're awesome (like Ashlyn was)? What if you guys click immediately? What if you become friends for a lifetime?
I'm writing this to remind myself. I want to be able to look back at this when I'm feeling nervous about reaching out to a new friend. Religion, community, social media, they're all about joining people together, sometimes against all odds.