If there is any photographer that I could model my career after right now, I would have to say Michael Grecco. Well, lets rewind that a little bit, because there are tons of photographers whose careers I would love to mimic, but Michael is definitely a new addition to that list. So last night I went to see Michael speak at Studio 415 on Huron. He's on this tour promoting his new book, Naked Ambition: An R-Rated Look at an X-Rated Industry. This has been a six year project that also includes a film with the same name. That sucked, but I didn't have time to think about that. All I was focused on was Michael, and absorbing all that he had to share for the next two hours. He is so passionate about his work, and I love that. He spoke of how he concepts his ideas, how he speaks to clients, and his subjects. He actually shot is own personal projects which I thought was so awesome. I could sort of tell that he may have been annoyed with the low attendance, and he seemed to get annoyed when this woman would blurt out random obvious questions about his technique, but this all made for a great presentation. I loved it! I was so inspired, I made notes about things he would say and random ideas that would come to my head. It was so exciting to feel creative, and really begin to put things into perspective for myself and where I wanted to go in my photography career. OOOoooooohhhhhHHHHH I am getting goosebumps just thinking of what is to come. Do you ever get those rushes through your body that make you feel success is coming, and everything is going to be good. Well that's how I feel !!!
After the lecture, I was suppose to have a committee meeting for ASMP; somehow it turned into me having dinner with Michael Grecco!! Along with other superstar photographers Ken Frantz, Benjamin (Benny) Kende, and Robert Potter. It was funny 4 older white men sitting around talking, and my black ass just sitting there looking pretty and listening,I obiviously was the baby of the group, since I haven't been in the business as long, but whatever. I chimed into conversation whenever necessary but for the most part, this was a night of listening and mental note taking. I caught glimpses from others in the restaurant's, of course people wondered who was this random, GORGEOUS black woman with all of these white men?? How does she fit in? To the gawker crew at tables 7 and 32. Go back to your Ravioli special trick and mind your business, I don't have time for such curious glances, I am on my way to the big time LOL!
I just felt so inspired last night to have been in the company of such awesome people, after such an awesome lecture.
Yeah! Go Me!