It is not easy to get a woman like Maria Turova to take photographs like these. Sometimes it is on a whim, or for some extra cash, or for who knows? I try not to pry too much.
Usually, I am just grateful for the trust that is granted. I know how brief these windows of opportunity can be. When I see one, I leap for it. Maria is a wonderful person who loves life, really loves her cat, and has a knack for bringing out the best in people. Trusting individuals tend to do that.