Nice hat

I can't say that I have any skills at portrait work, since I have never done any.  But in some cases, you just have to take portraits, even if they aren't staged.  I caught this shot while at a Native American pow-wow in Taos, New Mexico a while back.  All these folks were elaborately dressed and made their way into the event during "The Grand Entrance".  I elbowed in a little to find a decent spot, and took a few "portraits".  This is essentially a straight-out-of-camera shot for me, which as you can probably guess doesn't happen very often!  I remember wanting a headress as a kid - I think this could be the one that I would want! Isn't it awesome?

Tribal Elder

I came across this noble gentleman while at a Native American pow-wow in Taos.  He was clearly some sort of tribal elder, as he was deferred to by many and given much respect.  Asking around, I learned that he served our country in WWII and was eventually captured by the Japanese.  He is a survivor of the Bataan Death March that occurred in the Philippines in 1942.  Sometimes you can just tell by someone's eyes that they have lived and seen much.