Last week, I was out photographing with my intern Johanna, and we went to the Library of Congress to simulate a little assignment. While Johanna was looking for "pleasing linear perspectives with two vanishing points", I wandered around to see if I could find interesting images myself. I saw a lady who apparently studied the impressive architectural details of the building and took a few photos of her framed between the columns:
After a moment she noticed me taking photos and approached me. To my surprise she didn't complain (actually, she would have had all rights to do so), but instead asked me to take a photo of her using the camera she brought. Of course, I agreed and tried to create a similar picture with her DSLR. It turned out to be a little difficult as the camera was set to multi area focusing and the autofocus always tried to pick one of the columns in the foreground. As I wasn't familiar with that specific model I don't really know if I got it right or not.
Anyway, that was a nice encounter and one that encouraged me to continue including people in my pictures, even in situations where the 1st amendment doesn't automatically grant me the right to do so.