I think this is Spring 2004 and we're on a beach in New England. It's Papa and Grandson with almost matching wetsuits. It's my grandson Zachary who was around two. It's a very special time in my life and it's a throwback image that's a favorite, but there's also a fun back story.
I was never really a big fan of the watercolor look until one of the industry's most recognized artists presented me with a gift at WPPI.
A few months earlier my good pal Helen Yancy had asked me to send her a couple of prints of me with Zachary. I wasn't sure what she was going to do and she did tell me it was okay to just send snapshots. I sent her two 4x6 prints taken with a little FUJI point and shoot while on vacation.
Just before her standing-room-only program at WPPI she presented me with a matted and framed print, roughly 30x40. It was stunning and became one of my most favorite images, not just because it was me and Zach, but because the artist was such a good friend. It meant so much that she'd do this for me.
It's also a testimonial to Helen's skill set. If you know Helen, then you know she never does anything halfway. She never compromises on an image, her passion for the craft or on her friendships! To see more of Helen's work visit her website.
Happy Throwback Thursday everybody. As always, take a few minutes and go off in search of some of those old prints and files of your own. Find a favorite and share it with friends. It will remind you of the amazing industry we're all a part of and just how much great images mean to your clients!
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