Ghosts of the past w/ Kelly!

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Hey, Hive! I’m here. I missed a day but I’m back. I’ve been struggling with time management lately, not just for me but for @guthrie. We just finished another Hellraiser movie — well after midnight. I feel bad because he’s going to be wrecked tired tomorrow but we’ve been keeping up with our steak and it’s been alive for over a month now. I just got some new about a change in plans. I was suppose to visit @roadscape for the upcoming solar eclipse but after some family news, I’m going to have to try and catch it in Ohio instead. From there, on to Pennsylvania to visit my Opa who isn’t doing well. More about that in a freewrite, but I’ll take photos on the road.

I managed to get some time in at @caffetto this evening and while I was there, I dug into an old HD that I’ve been carrying around in my bag for years. I rediscovered a shoot from 2018 with my friend Kelly in Los Angeles. If you read my last blog post I talked about how 2018 and 2019 were the peak of my career as a photographer and this shoot falls into that time frame. I felt like I was just, “on”, all the time. I was tired; exhausted, really. It’s like they say; “The flame that burns the hottest burns half as long.”, and that is a summary of the decade I was on the road shooting. I’m glad that I did it, but I’m glad that it’s over.

In addition to having a surge of creative inspiration, there were just so many opportunities coming as well. I was shooting for brands and getting booked by some of the best clients. Kelly was one of them. She had just been on the cover of the Viva Las Vegas promotional magazine and was really breaking out in the rockabilly scene. My relevance was still in tact and this was a great opportunity to showcase her modeling ability with my unique approach using diegetic lighting. We even shot at the Clark Gable estate in LA which is my signature location on the west coast.

I’ve mentioned that this is a therapeutic exercise for me to go back through old shoots and find the gems I’ve previously missed. One of the difficulties with, “the peak”, of the career is that I wasn’t able to keep up with it at all. I was always six months behind on returning edits because I had a backlog of so many clients so I wasn’t able to take the time and care with them that I would have liked. Now that life is slowing down a bit, I am able to revisit these sessions with fresh eyes. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the work. Have a great night.