The artist, Niki, was a very easy going gentleman. He welcomed me into his home and I started shooting his paintings. He was kind enough to take 2 of them out into the misty rain so I could shoot without a flash as well. He doted upon his work and would blot the paintings with a tissue to retain their integrity between shots. It was a good experience meeting him and I fully appreciated his talents as an artist.
I sent the album of photos to Rebecca last night. She replied with a "thank you" and also a request to send in a small bio and head shot of myself to add me to the contributors page of the magazine. Another intimidation since I certainly don't have a business or portfolio let alone a professional-sounding bio.
Sooo, I enlisted the help of my dear friend, Kate. She wrote the bio in no time flat! This is how it reads:
"Gina P____ has always loved photography. After several professional gigs in front of the camera, Gina took the camera hostage and has never given it back. Gina particularly loves biographical shoots and strives to help her subjects capture the many golden moments each life produces. Because of her easy-going and gentle disposition, Gina has been singularly invited to photograph events and life moments where photographers were originally not welcome. In her spare time, Gina enjoys camping with her exceedingly photogenic husband and son, journaling the ups and downs of parenthood, and sharing her contagious laugh."
Thank you, dear Kate. I love you very much for always being willing to help me out in a pinch and to make me feel like a million bucks while doing it!