Sometimes, all you really need to do is ask. What's the worst thing that can happen?
My mom used to tell me this all the time as I was growing up. There really isn't much to it, and sometimes, you'll be surprised by the response you receive. This is typically the case with some of the photographs I use for my Inspiration Sunday posts and 11 Questions interviews.
Once in a while, my request is met with silence or a terse no, but that's usually the worst of it. Even if the artists reject my requests, I think I leave a better impression with them, as I have honored them with first-hand recognition for their work and shown respect for their craft.
Tomorrow's 11 Questions interview came about from just asking, and I am really, really excited about it. I mean, really.