I met Jonathan Oliveau while I was literally running to my car trying to get back to Durham, NC in time for my wife to take our car (side note: last year we traded our 2nd car in for a bike). Anyways, he was the first person I met as I pulled into his farm-style home in Julian, North Carolina.
I was there for a fashion shoot with some models and his wife happened to be one of the make-up artists for them.
As I talked to him I could tell he was creative, ambitious and a dreamer. He wore this wondrous hat that I couldn't help but covet portraits with.
After I finished the fashion shoot, I ran into his home and asked him to grab his hat and leather jacket if he was willing. He was.
Lesson Learned: trust your gut and don't be afraid to ask people for what you want. Sometimes people need courage.