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.