A few weeks ago I posted about my sister’s family spending the day in a recording studio (you can see it here). Well, I had the opportunity to go back to the studio and photograph the owner jamming with his friends. The owner and his wife are good friends of mine and have been a huge support to me over the years. So when Carl asked me to take pictures of his band Carl Dudley and Friends in the recording studio, I gladly accepted.
Carl and his friends have been playing together for over 30 years and it was evident in their playing and in the way they gave each other a hard time. I got to hear some fun stories of their years together. And I saw a different side of Carl as I watched him interact with his friends. He was more casual and enthusiastic than I’ve seen before. It was the kind of relaxed that comes from doing something you enjoy with people you love.
When the other guys found out I was there to take pictures I heard a comment I hear often when my camera comes out. “I’ll probably break your camera”, the drummer commented. I assured him it was impossible for him to do so and went about my job. After their first music set, he asked to see the photos. I showed him the shot I got of him playing drums. I could tell he was surprised. He commented later something about me making him look good. In reality, all I did was photograph him doing something he LOVED.
When we operate out of our passion, that flows through us and we relax and enjoy ourselves more. In doing so we can’t help but look our best.
The drummer is multi-talented. Not only does he play drums and guitar, he also MADE a guitar. I could tell how proud he was of his hand-made guitar so I had to get a portrait of it for him.