John made the mistake of jokingly saying to me on Facebook “Let me know when you want me to pose dude. Lol.” When I responded with “Anytime” it became “Just kidding.” Of course, I couldn’t let it go at that and John, being the awesome guy that he is, stood up to the challenge.
John is another guy I’ve known since high school. It’s funny – I didn’t intend for the blog to be about people I knew in high school, but the first four people to (sort of) volunteer were all people I had reconnected with through social media, but hadn’t seen face to face in a very long time.
This was a lot of fun for me for a few of reasons. The first being that John is the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. I mean that sincerely and without any hesitation or exaggeration at all. I knew John through marching band and choir in high school and would have said the same thing back then. I’ve never heard John say a bad word about anyone and when you talk to him, you know immediately that he just isn’t that kind of guy. We could all learn a lesson from people like John. If more of us were like him, the world would truly be a better place. So to get to catch up with John this morning was a real treat for me.
Another reason is that it’s my first time working with a musician. As soon as John told me he wanted to pose with his sax, my mind started running wild. There are so many cool things you can do with an instrument in photos. And while I had a lot of ideas, John had a few of his own.
And that’s another reason I had fun. I LOVE working with artistic people. They always have a vision and they aren’t afraid to play it out in front of the camera. When John sent a message asking if I knew of any “haunted houses” we could use as a backdrop, I knew just where to take him. I pointed out that we were going to freeze our butts off, but John reminded me that he works outside all day, anyway. Once he said that, it was game on!
While catching up with John was the best part of the shoot (and after, as we sat down for coffee), it was also awesome to have John actually playing as I was shooting. It really made for a great start to the day!
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