Butterfly Impressions

Street Portraiture: Faces of Kissimmee, #34

Clarita is a nail technician who has worked for many years out of the space she occupies downtown at 205 Broadway, in the back of Butterfly Impressions Gifts. You may recall that Terry, the owner of that gift shop, was the subject of Faces of Kissimmee, #31.  When I approached Clarita asking to take her photo, she was in the midst of massaging a woman’s feet – part of a pedicure in progress. I was a bit tickled when she asked what I wanted her to do for the photo, but only because she was already doing it.

I learned Clarita has done my mother’s manicures for over 10 years and has built a loyal following of customers. I liked that she was so comfortable in front of the camera; so easily able to forget I was there and go about her work.

Thanks for the photo, Clarita.


“Clarita” [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 2500, f/4.0 at 1/200 sec., 85 mm

Street Portraiture: Faces of Kissimmee, #31

You won’t find another place in Central Florida quite like Butterfly Impressions, located at 205 Broadway in downtown Kissimmee. Osceola County’s first and only butterfly store, owner Terry Miller has created a very unique, one-of-a-kind shop. The shop offers butterfly-themed gifts from all over the world: kites, balloons, jewelry, books, shirts…and a whole lot more. They can also arrange live butterfly releases for events through Butterfly Dan’s – another local who is the former president of the International Association of Butterfly Exhibition. (Who even knew there was such an organization? Certainly not me.)

I found Terry to be quite photogenic, and she was gracious enough to let me take her photo for inclusion in Faces of Kissimmee. You can visit her website at www.totallybutterflies.com.

“Terry” [Click image to enlarge or reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 1250, f/3.5 at 1/80 sec., 85 mm

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