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True Love: Wife, Mom, Dad, and Ukulele

I think having a past client call you up and ask if you are available for another photo shoot is the best compliment a photographer can get. I had the opportunity to photograph not only a past client (David) again, but also his extended family. David’s wife’s parents were in town unexpectedly, so he thought this was the perfect opportunity to get some family portraits, as well as a few more shots for his upcoming album release.

Here’s the coolest part: The parents hadn’t had their photo taken together in over two decades! Now that is a special event to be remembered!

We started off with a few family portraits, but soon I had “Mom and Dad” sitting side by side laughing while watching me snap away. They were so stinking cute! I could have stayed and photographed them all day long without a care in the world.

David’s wife was not home for our first photo shoot, so I had the pleasure of meeting her during this one. And by pleasure, I mean complete joy! She and David were so great together… their love for each other just shined through and through. She was so excited to have photos taken, and had many ideas for us to work with. I love it when clients have ideas and suggestions for a photograph! And I love it even more when they get to see those ideas come to life.

Next we took some fun shots for David’s upcoming Ukulele CD release. I think I’m as excited about getting a copy of the CD as he was about getting the copies of his images! I certainly hope that David keeps pumping out the albums, because I can’t wait to work with him again!

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Soul of a Musician

I recently was referred by a past client to do a shoot for a gentleman that wanted a photo for the cover of his upcoming album release. He was hoping to get some vintage looking shots, much like the “Old West” photos you see of people sitting rigidly in their chairs not smiling. After a few phone conversations, I was a bit surprised by the style of photos he was wanting. Let’s just say that this musician is a little quirky, and seemed to have much more personality than an old-school vintage photo would give him credit for.

Upon arrival to his property I pulled up in front of a beautiful old red barn that made for a perfect photo op and a fun prop. To the left of the barn was a beautiful field filled with yellow flowers, and a perimeter of evergreens to make the perfect backdrop. This was a photographer’s heaven.

We started the session inside the old barn, searching for that vintage look he was wanting.

I asked him to start playing one of his instruments so he would feel more in his element. As soon as his fingers started strumming the strings and his soft, melodious voice started filling the barn, the session really came alive. I felt like I should be paying him! I was so taken by his music… I could see HIM starting to come through.

Soon we were in the field; me snapping pictures and him singing to the neighbor’s dogs.

It was a beautiful sight, and I know I was enjoying myself even more than he was! After some fun shots showing off his beautiful guitar and a bit of his quirkiness, I had one finally shot I wanted to try out. It involved some arm manipulation and probably feeling a little lop-sided for a bit, but the end result was well worth it. This was my favorite image of the day… it just screams music, art, and beauty.

I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with this incredible musician! I also made a deal so I get to purchase the first copy of his cd! I can’t wait!

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