This TBT post demarcates another significant moment in time for me… My 1st PAID photography gig in LA!
This family not only gave me my first gig, but they also offered me my 1st place to live out here, which is a looooooong but amazing story for another time. Just know that this family holds a special place in my heart. 🙂
Anyway, some weeks after I moved out, I got a call that THEY were moving to TEXAS (Life Swap!) and wanted to hire me for their Going Away Shindig.
I was MORE than excited to provide my services… until it was brought to my attention that there would be “Name” Industry People there (i.e. Famous Folks).
Once again… nerves!
I could photograph any old party with no problem! But, a party with celebrities… well… that was new territory.
Initially, I was told that I wouldn’t be able to take certain people’s photos… one person in particular – Kirsten Dunst. So I spent practically the whole night avoiding her and it was SO AWKWARD. I was constantly checking my camera roll to make sure I didn’t accidentally capture her somewhere in the background.
Finally, later in the night I got a tap on the shoulder asking me if I could please take a photo. I turned to find Garrett Hedlund and Kirsten Dunst standing there with friends waiting for my response.
I was… speechless… and still uncertain of the protocol!! Was I allowed? Wasn’t I?
Finally, I just said, “Screw it,” and gave them people what they wanted.
I let them check out the photos and they thought they were fun! I went to my hosts/employers and ran it by them to make sure all was well, and they said, “As long as they asked, you’re good!”
Once that burden was lifted I felt like my old self again and was able to freely do what I do best!
I learned a really important lesson this night… Always check to make sure your lenses are CLEAN!
As you may have noticed, most of these pics have a sort of soft focus haze to them… THAT’s because the next day I found a big ol’ fingerprint in the corner frame of my lens! *sigh*
But, I have to say… in some ways it made for a nice effect.