Okay, this was taken for challenge of the week 'Portraits' I know I could have simply taken a shot of someone I know to make it easy for myself, but as I thought about this challenge I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and to take a picture of someone I HIGHLY respect. A Firefighter. All week I've wanted to go down to one of the Stations to ask one of the Firefighters, but between the rain and the lack of transport I hadn't been able to do it, until today.
We were out and about, and sense a Fire station happened to be close to the bank, I dug down deep and walked over to it and rang the bell. And to my surprise and happiness someone answered the door, after introducing myself I asked if I could take a picture of one the their Firefighters, and after telling him what the picture was for he agreed. He then asked me if I wanted a Firefighter with hair or without. (It was amusing) and he slipped in the back room where the others were then shortly came back and led me into the station garage where the Engine was. (An Engine I knew so well sense I lived only two streets away from it for seven years of my life)
He put on his whole suit for me too, and during which I asked some questions and he was so willing to answer me. Once he was fully dressed in his fire suit I took his picture in front of the Fire truck, and as I thanked him he asked me if I'd like to look around sense I was there. (And of course I happily accepted. )
He taught me about the Engine truck and also the Rescue truck, he allowed me to look through all the departments along the side of it of the E truck, showed me the hoses and even allowed me to get in the back where the water controls are (and where the deck gun is!) He also mentioned to me that the Fire Stations are currently hiring over 100 people, and that they are strongly looking for Women firefighters (which for some reason I didn't ask why) And in this time period of talking to him, I went from feeling so unsure of myself, so uncomfortable to feeling great and confident, and comfortable around him. He was so willing to help out, so willing to teach, and that's another reason I respect Firefighters so much, their willingness to reach out. He also encouraged me about my desire to become a Firefighter.
So I had a great time with capturing this shot for this challenge, because it allowed me to step out of the box, allowed me to do something I'd never done before, on my own two feet. It built up not only my confidence in what I can do, but my self confidence in who I am.
So to the owner of , I greatly, greatly thank you for putting this as the challenge of the week, because even though I'm late due, the challenge allowed me to do something I never done before, it allowed me to learn so much in one day about a job I still would LOVE to have. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
To the Firefighter in the picture, I also thank, though in the nervousness and excitement I totally forgot to ask his name, but I will pay respect by getting it.