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by Skip Cohen
Ever feel like time is passing incredibly fast, like the hands on a clock spinning in an old movie? As we share a new "Tamron Recipes" with another "chef," I'm amazed this is now the ninth in the series. Each one has captured the passion of another chef when "cooking" with Tamron. Tamron's outstanding optical quality combined with the skillset of each guest has created a remarkably diverse body of work.
Teal Garcia joins us in the Tamron Kitchen in this new episode. While her lens choice and skillset are obviously part of her success, it's her love for the craft that's a big part of the foundation for everything she does. With every Tamron Recipes post, I always go off in search of a quote that seems to fit both our guest "chef" and the image along with the upcoming podcast to be aired.
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life,
and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.
And the only way to do great work is love what you do.
About "Chef" Teal: For the last year Teal's been based out of Oahu, Hawaii. It's a big change of scenery from previously living in Oklahoma. She's an internationally recognized award-winning portrait photographer, and there's a great line in her bio I want to share:
"I have an obsession with what I do and I love a good adventure."
Teal's husband is in the military and currently based out of Pearl Harbor. Having been around the military world in our own family, I can't help but think all the travel in Teal's life has contributed to her passion for adventure. Plus, think about how she's had to keep her skillset well-developed in order to create beautiful portraits in a wide variety of environments, no matter where she's based!
Part II of Teal's recipe series is coming next Tuesday. You can be sure we'll be talking about the challenges of relocation; her mind's eye visions when she's working with a client and her absolute love for photography. Her website is just a click away.
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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lenses: SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD
Location: Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma
Exposure Triad:F/1.8 @ 1/400 ISO 400
Backstory: This was a styled shoot and Mentoring session I had put together for three other photographers.
The girl in the photo had answered a model call about a month before we shot this and it was supposed to be her and her boyfriend. About a week before the shoot she got in touch with me to let me know her, and her boyfriend broke up, but she was dead set on shooting with me. She said she would bring a friend.
I really try and get couples to be intimate and close, so I knew for sure that this "Friend" scenario wasn't going to work, but we were a week out, and people had paid to shoot with me, so we were going to have to just go with it. She promised it would be all good. Well, they showed up, and together they were a smoke show! Holy cow! I did have to do a little more directing than I would have to for a regular couple because they didn't have the automatic closeness a real couple would have, but they took direction beautifully. So even with four photographers in their faces, they rocked it and created some of the most favorite images I have ever taken.
Every month it's a kick to share another Tamron Recipe. Join us on the next Tamron Tuesday when Chamira Young and I will be sharing our conversation with "Chef" Teal in another new podcast.
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