I had told my buddy that I would bring my camera along to capture all the lovely moments at her son graduation celebration.
On graduation day, parking was a nightmare.
I saw a family pulling into their garage (just about 1/4 mile from the high school) and asked “I am rushing to my friend’s son graduation. Can you please let me park in your driveway?” Guess what. They smiled and said “Yes”.
I thanked them, parked the car in a super-fast-James-Bond-style-turn and ran towards the soccer field to spot my friend’s son.
The boys and I went through a sea of people cheering for grads. I started clicking pictures.
That is when I spotted him. A stranger. He had a large zoom lens on his camera.
I rushed up to him and said “Can you please loan me your zoom lens for a couple of minutes to click some pictures of my friend’s son?”
He said “Sorry…this lens won’t fit on your camera. But, tell me when he walks up to the podium and I will click some pictures.”
When my friend’s son walked up to the podium, I clicked pictures and so did he.
I got his email address. That night, I emailed him my email address and asked him to send me the pictures. Just a few days later, he sent me several great close-up-shots of the newly minted graduate.
Sometimes, all it takes is just an ASK.