From across the street, William Yan spots a woman in a houndstooth skirt and fur coat; she wears a wide-brimmed hat and stands no less than 5 feet 10 inches tall in Mary Jane heels. As Yan undecidedly fingers his camera lens, she has already begun to strike a demure pose, tilting her head back in a way best described as calculated, the brim of her hat casting a shadow on her comma of a smile. She knows he wants to snap her. She spotted Yan’s camera from across the street. She is a professional.
Yan is a New York-based street style photographer who got his start in a Photography 101 class right out of high school. He photographs New Yorkers whose style “has a presence,” and today, I am following him around on his mission to shoot new subjects for his eponymous blog, WilliamYan.com.
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