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hanging out with ross bothwell and “elegant images”…

how many of us as photographers take the time to work with and learn from a colleague you admire? i’ve taken my share of workshops and, to be honest, a room full of photographers all trying to get the model to look at him or her at the right time for ‘their shot’ is beyond frustrating. i’ve done those types of workshops for the last time a few years ago. i hate ’em.

but i’ve always admired ross and his style. he did an outstanding job photographing our family a few years ago….as seen here. {click on the photo to see the blog entry and get to their site.}

both he and his wife’s work has always spoken to me–their soft style, creativity and down right powerful images. and the swift bond that forms when interacting with a family or bride and groom or high school senior. it’s visible when looking at their portfolio of work but even more real when you are behind the camera yourself as our family had been.

when i got the chance to tag along with him during a senior photo shoot last summer (yep–i am that behind on blogging) it was a fabulous time and an incredible learning opportunity.
-he’s a master of light both natural and strobes. he shows up well prepared and ready to connect with everyone behind his lens–including this lovely senior he was photographing during my time with him. he’s an incredibly honest photographer and has ‘that eye’ for picking the right perfectly backlit spots every time. a master poser (in order to get the most flattering images for a…’ahem’ much fuller-figure gal aka moi. and an incredibly patient, generous with his time and talent, and skillful artist.

at the time we shot at this fun location with old trains way up north. after leaving the session with him i was already planning to book him to do our family photos there some time down the line. and, after a bumpy year of dealing with (and beating i may add) ovarian cancer i finally got my wish.

we met this past weekend to do our annual photos. with as little hair as i currently have it was quite challenging to get behind the camera for sure….i was sweating like a prize fighter clinging to my many insecurities… but ross made me feel special and super comfortable. it was refreshing and admirable.

so–my point it–get out there and spend some time watching those photographers you admire. not only will you learn a lot but you will get some great images for the artist to you to help them to promote their businesses.

weddings (which i don’t do) are a specialty of theirs.. check them out if you or someone you love is headed down the isle! they also do portrait work for high school seniors as well as family sessions in both studio and outdoor/natural light settings.

thanks ross for making a photographic legacy for our family to cherish for years to come.

thanks again for teaching me so much, for being so kind to our family this year.

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