Kyle’s friendship with my daughter, Lindsey’s, family began when Kyle was a student in her husband, Aaron’s, high school graphics class. Shortly after graduation, Aaron and Lindsey learned that circumstances at Kyle’s home were unsettled and he needed a place to stay. They invited Kyle to crash in their basement.
Once Kyle got his feet on the ground and moved out, the Bodell’s anticipated that would be the end of the relationship. Instead, Kyle returned regularly for visits, and has never missed a holiday or special family event. Kyle was present for a recent family photo shoot.
Lindsey and Aaron have embraced Kyle as a son – and their five children refer to him as their big brother. Family can expand in a myriad of wonderful ways.
My daughter, Lindsey’s, husband and I have a common interest in the graphic arts. Having earned his degree at RIT, Aaron moved his family to his home state, Utah, and accepted a “temporary” high school teaching position. As it turns out, Aaron loves teaching – and his student’s love Aaron. Aaron adds much more than just graphics knowledge to the lives of his students. (see Kyle Carter post.)
With degrees in Art, Architecture and City Planning, Chris integrates his talents to design structures that far exceed function. Chris’s studio is in the same classic mid-century Phoenix complex where Amy and I now have our work/live space. His naturally playful intensity contributed to some delightfully expressive images.
Late 2013 – Chillin in Santa Fe with Ted and his poet brother Joe Nuttall (pen name, J D Roland). Sadly, in July, Joe moved on to the next great adventure. Though I’m pleased to have had the chance, over the past few years, to hang out and get to better know Joe.
Two-year-old Max dropped by the studio last week and entertained me with renditions of his favorite Jim Croce tunes, while I took a few photos of Max and his parents – Ali Arnold and Jesse von Glück.
Fletcher Nuttall was baptized into the LDS (Mormon) church this past week. Kathy and Treven, Fletch’s parents, hired me to do a portrait for their announcement. We got some good stuff for that purpose – after which Trev joined Fletch and I captured my favorite portrait of the day.
I was thrilled when Graphic Design Studio principal, Writer Kathy Morgan called on me to make her portrait for a speaking engagement promo. Kathy is playful in front of the camera and so a joy to photograph. Now, I just hope I’m persuasive enough to add “Model” to the long list of nouns (Neighbor, Client, Employer, Friend, Trusted Advisor) that describe our nearly three-decade association.
A wonderful Labor Day weekend was spent with my friend, artist Ted Nuttall, at his Santa Fe home/studio – enjoying great food, wine, books and music. But most pleasurable was our conversations. We touched on our customary topics, with a little more emphasis than usual on portraiture, or more specifically, on the joys and challenges of capturing moments of human expression.
Of course, we also took time to make a few portraits.
Writer, teacher, philosopher, luminary, friend – Mike Reynolds has been to the studio a couple of times now. Tough customer! I don’t think Mike would take offense by my saying he doesn’t respond well to direction! ;) Though in both instances, I found that posing a question regarding metaphysics was followed by a stream of splendid expression and gesture.
My friend, 2011 Arizona Film Maker of the Year – Brian Skiba, needed photos for the opening credits of his latest film – .357. The main characters, including Brian’s actress wife, Laurie Love, came to the studio to create a few dark and edgy wedding stills to lead into the movie’s first, and ill-fated, honeymoon suite scene. And I have my first (and likely last ;) feature length film credit.