Images copyright Molly Dombroski. All rights reserved.
by Skip Cohen
If there's one thing everybody agrees on, it's that 2020 was a tough year. The pandemic changed so many different things in our lives, but it didn't stifle creativity. Downtime seems to have spurred some artists on, often going beyond their comfort zones as they grew their skill sets.
This is our last "Chef" in the series for this year, with a whole new set of episodes planned for 2021. Thanks to support from Tamron USA, together with my co-host Chamira Young, we're going to continue introducing you to artists who are making their work stand out. It all starts with one of their favorite images, and then whether they're a seasoned veteran or a relative newbie, it's their body of work that helps define their love for the craft. Each backstory and "Chef," just like your favorite restaurant, is unique.
The chef analogy has been with us since the very first episode. Every good photographer knows the basics, but each one has a unique style and often vision for the final images. Like enjoying a great meal at your favorite restaurant, each Tamron Chef has shared their recipes, as well as their passion for the craft and continued growth as an artist.
Molly Dombroski joins us in the Tamron Kitchen this month. Her work is all about her two best friends, Summit and Mylo, and her work is simply fun to view. It's also so relevant at this point in time - the pandemic brought a substantial rise in pet ownership. All that downtime with families stuck at home made it ideal for adding new furry members to families across the country.
Near the beginning of this series, I started searching for a quote to help describe our guest Chef just a little better. Well, the only thing hard about finding a quote for Molly was selecting one of the dozens of great quotes about what dogs mean in our lives.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him,
and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
About Chef Molly: Chef Molly, a recent college grad, may well be the youngest chef we've ever featured on Tamron Recipes. But that also points out something unique about our craft.
In a blog post, a good buddy of mine once referred to photography as "the great equalizer." Like The Voice, you're judged on your results, nothing else.
Molly started her journey as an artist with help from two furry friends, Summit and Mylo. Summit is a Siberian Husky, and Mylo is an APBT mix she rescued. Then, playing off of one of the most popular movie series in contemporary history, the @TheFastnFurriest ( now @FindYourSummit) was created on Instagram.
Her passion for the pups, combined with her growing skills as a photographer, are the perfect combination for images that draw you into the story. Hiking in Colorado and describing today's feature image, Molly wrote:
We hiked up the sand for 45 minutes, which is a lot harder than it sounds. We weren't expecting much because of the clear skies but the sunset really showed off!
Please take the time to visit Molly's Instagram page. I love the way Summit and Mylo are described, "Two brothers wrestling through life." You can't help but pick up on the love between the pups and Molly. At a time when the pandemic has so limited our contact with each other, there's very little that beats our furry friends!
On a podcast recently, in reference to the pandemic, I was asked, "So, what do you miss the most?" There was no hesitation in my answer, "I miss bumping into people, literally!" As conventions all move to an online virtual presence, I miss those handshakes and hugs with so many people in the industry - many of them my friends at Tamron USA. But Tamron isn't slowing down on their presence, online and off, in small programs around the country. Check out their listing of local events, all within safety and physical distancing guidelines.
And, take the time to visit Tamron's website, always loaded with great content, as well as their YouTube channel.
One of Molly's favorite lenses is also featured in the current Tamron savings program, the 28-75mm zoom for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras. Click on the banner below for information on their current promotion or to the right for more info about this outstanding lens.
And while I've written that same words every month, as we wait for a vaccine and an end to the pandemic, remember - Hunkering down is about your health, NOT about growing as an artist and expanding your skill set. Growth only happens outside your comfort zone, and right now, for the first time in everyone's career, we've got something unique - TIME. Use it to keep in touch with your clients. Stay active in social media and spend a little time with your camera in your hands every day, capturing images for your most important client...YOU!
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.