May 19, 2017

Thane’s Senior Session in Tulsa

Since I returned from Tulsa, I’ve been reflecting on all the different images that were captured and all the fun that we had. I am reminded of George Bush telling his painting teacher that there was a Rembrandt in him and it was her job to find him. There are so many images that were “out there” just waiting to be found. Good work usually cannot be forced. I have always liked the quote “over planning kills creativity.” Yes, you have to be prepared, but at some point you have to just start. At Imaging USA, the featured speaker talked about using the mantra “5, 4, 3, 2, 1…..Go.”  This was brought about when she watched the launching of a rocket.  5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and the rocket took off.  There was no turning back – no stopping. The launch was set in motion.

This session may have been one of the best that I have photographed. As I am on the plane back to Houston, I’m analyzing what went on. I cannot say that I was scared, because I know that I always will get it once the treasure hunt starts. So what was the feeling that I had in the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 stage? I knew that I was apprehensive as to when the launch would begin. I watched the weather. It was cloudy enough that I didn’t know whether to gamble and wait until Saturday or just “go” on Friday. Get it done. Don’t wait for perfection. Just start. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Go.

A blue pea coat like his dad wore in Cincinnati…

We got in the car to search for the wall that I saw earlier – I knew that it was on 10th. We missed it and had to drive around the block. Coming from a different direction, we discovered a wonderful surprise. (So don’t get all bent out of shape when you have to take a detour. There was the perfect message for a senior finishing one path and starting on a new one.)

We walked on down to a bar that had a giant arrow that just needed to point to Thane.

Looking in the other direction someone had scrawled 2017 on the brick wall. My dad used to tell me, “information will be dispensed on a need to know basis.”  That would sum up my session with Thane.  We were on a treasure hunt to reveal the treasure in front of my lens.

The last image was taken after we thought we were finished. Parking the car at Thane’s house, we pulled in front of the newly stained wood garage doors. His dad had been wanting to restore the garage doors to their original look in a 1930’s craftsmen style home. They knew just how proud Paul was of those doors and suggested that we capture one last image for Thane’s dad. Thane pulled out the shoes that he had yet to wear and sat and played his guitar. His dad is also very musical and so the new doors and the guitar was a tribute to his dad. That is information that I wouldn’t have known.  That is why I like to have a family member with me to help uncover the story.

Oh, and next time you come to Houston, Thane, bring your hoodie. I still need to capture that for your mom and for posterity. You are one fine young man and I had the time of my life. Thank you for flying me in and driving me around. It was a blast.

Now, go get ‘em in college. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – GO.


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  • Leanne Ball May 25, 2017

    Just wow .. my dad was a professional photography and I find special connection to reading your story.

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