Rubbing elbows and eating tacos during feature hunting

Today when I was driving to an assignment downtown I drove past a house and noticed a group of people grilling outside. With temperatures well into the lower 50s I knew this would be a standalone feature to have. When I got out of my assignment downtown I drove back to see if the group was still there. They were and so I decided to stop by. While some didn’t want there photo taken others were fine with it — mostly the children, heh. Outside of the photos it was nice to meet to just shoot the breeze with people even though at first were a little bewildered with, “Who the hell is this guy walking over with a camera?” It’s one of my favorite things about this job, just getting out into the community, meeting people and taking some photos along the way. An added plus was one of the family members wants me to do some senior portraits for her daughter AND I might be photographing a quinceañera too!

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  From left, Benny Vargas, 8, Emanuel Nunez, 8, and Jose Ortiz, 10, cook tacos on the grill during warmer weather on Saturday afternoon outside a home on the 1000 block of Northeast Jefferson Avenue.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR From left, Benny Vargas, 8, Emanuel Nunez, 8, and Jose Ortiz, 10, cook tacos on the grill during warmer weather on Saturday afternoon outside a home on the 1000 block of Northeast Jefferson Avenue.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Manuel Nunez eats a steak taco while barbecuing friends and family during warmer weather on Saturday afternoon outside a home on the 1000 block of Northeast Jefferson Avenue.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Manuel Nunez eats a steak taco while barbecuing friends and family during warmer weather on Saturday afternoon outside a home on the 1000 block of Northeast Jefferson Avenue.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Benny Vargas, 8, left, plays on a bike during warmer weather on Saturday afternoon outside a home on the 1000 block of Northeast Jefferson Avenue.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Benny Vargas, 8, left, plays on a bike during warmer weather on Saturday afternoon outside a home on the 1000 block of Northeast Jefferson Avenue.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  From left, Emanuel Nunez and Jose Ortiz cook corn tortillas on the grill during warmer weather on Saturday afternoon outside a home on the 1000 block of Northeast Jefferson Avenue.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR From left, Emanuel Nunez and Jose Ortiz cook corn tortillas on the grill during warmer weather on Saturday afternoon outside a home on the 1000 block of Northeast Jefferson Avenue.

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I really enjoyed meeting everyone here. It’s one of my favorite parts about this job: just meeting people on the street, holding a conversation outside of being a photographer, but also taking some photos along the way.Everyone was very friendly even if they didn’t want their photo taken. I was offered a steak and jalapeno pepper taco and I even let some of the kids take some photos after they asked how the camera works:

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