When people ask us who we look to for inspiration, one of THE top names that always comes up first would have to be Mark Seliger.
We absolutely adore what he does with portrait lighting and his black & whites are incredible. He has an ability to capture people in the in between with an honesty that tells you more about them in a single frame than an entire interview could. And of all his work, one of the first pieces that Justin ever showed me back when I was first falling in love with photography was his “In My Stairwell” series: an entire series of portraits of people, some famous-some not, taken in the exposed brick stairwell at Seliger’s studio.
While we were out at WPPI last month, Justin got to go attend an evening with Mark Seliger put on by Profoto while I was out at another dinner. He came back raving about it & we put it on the blog here as one of our highlights of the trip. And that would have been that. Would have been, except for one incredible person who was reading it….someone we were about to meet in Denver.
We had plans to meet up with Miss Rachel Gomez (who you met yesterday) for a mentoring session in Denver. And when we got there and met up with her in the lobby of our hotel, boy did she have one HECK of a surprise for us!!! You see, Rachel went to Brooks Institute for photography and one her good friends had gone on to be the first assistant for Mark. So she called in a couple of favors, and not only did she have the book “In My Stairwell” for us when we got there…..She had gotten Mark to SIGN it!!!!! Ahhhhhh!!!! Our names, written out by Mark Seliger, right there in black & white!!! Seriously, what a DREAM come true!!
It just blows my mind how this little business & this little blog have brought SO many incredible, amazing, above & beyond people into our lives. People we do not deserve. But we are all the better for knowing. People we would have never gotten to meet if we hadn’t started typing a few words in a free Blogger blog seven years ago. Don’t be afraid to put yourselves out there, friends. Don’t be afraid to put words up for the world to see. Don’t be afraid to let people in. Because those people could change everything for you. Rachel, we are so so SO thankful for you!! There are no words. You’re amazing my friend!
Happy Thursday y’all!