Kathy is a dear, dear friend of ours. Not only is she a friend, she’s also our muse. If we have a camera and she’s around, it’s, “Hey Kathy! Can you do this?” It’s funny, but it’s true. We recently went to NYC, and while we were there, we went to the MET museum to see a Michelangelo exhibit. Honestly, I just wanted to go because I love history and old things- so I expected to see some cool stuff, and just relish in the fact that I’m looking at something old. What I did not expect, was to actually LEARN something (hahaha…yes, you read that right.) I learned that he did lots of studies- at least that’s the part I took the most from the exhibit. It was the same arm over and over, the same form, the same drawing. It occurred to me that he had to practice, over and over and over again. Of course I was in band- and that’s how we learned to play the song; measure by measure, so why was this surprising to me? How can I apply this to my art? OH! Turns out that I do this already. This is nothing new to me. For me being a common human being with no particular set of amazing talents (I know- but there are thousands of amazing photographers in the world. Probably hundreds of thousands, so while I think I’m fine and dandy, the truth is I’m nothing special. I just love photography) I skimmed over the fact that we practice all the time.
Back to Kathy, and this set of maternity pictures we did. We had just gotten some new lighting toys, and we were shooting the wedding of John and Linda. We’re all friends, all of us. We were in Duluth MN, and we saw that sky. What did we do? “KATHY CAN YOU POSE FOR US?” We did a quick impromptu maternity session- but actually it was a study. We studied the silhouette effect, we moved the lighting around until we were happy. THEN we called on Linda, the beautiful bride over and took some stunning photos of her. We knew what to do with the lights, where everything would go, how it was going to look on camera… Yes we’re going to blog the wedding I’m talking about soon. I’ll remind you all when we post it. 🙂
So while this is a short post, this is a great reminder that we are always learning, always pushing, always studying. I doubt we’ll get to a Michelangelo level (maybe we will, why limit our dreams?!) but it was a great reminder for us, that we are always trying to take the right steps in our art and that an artist’s journey is never done if they don’t want it to be. Please enjoy this short study of the gorgeous Kathy and that stunning sunset by the lake!!!