“I am not interested in history, I am looking for faces.” I replied.
I had already asked him if I could photograph him with his daughter who was quite wonderful looking but he had said, “No, I don't think so, thank you.”
I gave him my card and said, ”You can see what I do on my website.
If you change your mind let me know.”
I have not heard from him.
This reminded me of a similar situation when I came across a mother and daughter in Newburgh, NY. The daughter was probably 13 or 14 years old and I asked her mother if I could photograph them. She also said "no." But on this occasion a mutual friend who had heard the conversation stepped in. He said. “Let him photograph you, he's fine.” And she did.
Have an ally at your side, just in case.