The story behind this portrait.
On Christmas morning my wife and I got up and ascended her parents farm in the mountains of western North Carolina. As we left I reached for my camera and she said "please don't take any photos of me. I don't have any make-up on". I said "ok".
As we walked up the mountain the light got better. I convinced her to let me shoot some portraits of her. I told her that I wouldn't post any of them.
We reached the peak of the hill and the sun showed itself. I asked her to stop just as we passed a tree that created a delightful shadow through the woods.
That's when I got this portrait.
I have posted this portrait pretty much everywhere and have put it in my portfolio. I had permission.
LESSON LEARNED: Be tenacious and pushy.