President’s Letter March 2018

President’s Letter March 2018

I had the topic for my president’s letter for this month all ready to go with the outline created and nearly half the article written when, all of a sudden, an experience I had just yesterday necessitated a change.  I am going to try to recount this story as succinctly as possible so you can get the full effect of my intended message without the need for a refreshing nap or giving up all together.  

My good friend and associate, Simon and I made arrangements to attend the WPPI conference in Las Vegas Monday through Wednesday of this week.  A few weeks before the trip, our client called and needed us to photograph the Friday before the conference so, rather than return to Dallas for a short time or, heaven forbid, stay in Las Vegas for six nights we decided to travel the four hours to see the Grand Canyon and capture some of nature’s beauty.  

Although I have been known to capture travel photos and document the environment in which events take place, I am NOT a landscape photographer.  I seem to do my best work and create my best art when I have a subject to capture.  Well, if we were going to make the trek to this marvel I was certainly going to do my very best to make the most of the experience.  You will note that I did not say, “take the best pictures”.  Nope, although I did want to make some beautiful art, I wanted to truly appreciate the entire experience to the fullest.  So, we set out on a four hour excursion to the Canyon complete with road trip snacks, an awesome rock soundtrack and absolutely ZERO expectations other than to enjoy the trip.  There was great conversation, a good deal of laughter and a commitment to photograph outside regardless of the fact that it was below freezing.  Challenge accepted!   And the result?  An epic pilgrimage, a chance to solidify the bond between two professional artists and an opportunity to get back to the photography basics that ignited a passion and started a journey to becoming a professional photographer.

I am fairly certain that you have already extracted the message I am trying to send; however, in the event you need a friendly nudge allow me to help.  When life presents you with a unique opportunity to color outside the lines, grab your biggest, brightest crayon and create something beautiful.