We are so excited to finally being sharing the full post from our session with Anna in Portland! I think it’s our longest delay between shooting and posting, and I’ve been antsy about getting it out here. Plus, Anna’s session marks our fourth artist, which was my unwritten benchmark for when we would finally share The Artist Project on our main photography blog. Eek!
So anyway, Anna was the perfect fit for an Artist Project shoot. If I’m being honest, the way we go about contacting artists for shoots is slightly stalkerishChris or I will have an idea for a type of artist in a certain city, and then we start Googling. So we had a trip planned to Portland, OR, and knew we couldn’t pass up the chance for an Artist Project shoot. I randomly had it in my head that it would be awesome to photograph a cello player, and some googling led me to the Portland Cello Project Facebook page. I picked a few names off their list of members, did some more searching, and decided to email Anna. Here’s the cool thing we’ve found out: usually the people who will respond to our emails are the ones who “get” what we’re trying to do with the Artist Project. And that’s awesome.
During our pre-session Skype chat, Anna told us about how she started playing classical music at age 4. She was a classically trained cellist as she grew up, but soon found herself being burned out. Her personal journey brought her from Wisconsin to Portland, and she completely fell in love with the city. A brief time in NYC cemented her love for Portland, and she returned and embarked on an amazing journey. She discovered a new love and combated burnout by writing and performing her own music, and she’s also been touring with the Portland Cello Project for five years. She is an extremely talented and dedicated musician, and we are so thrilled she took the time out of her super busy schedule (she’s working on a new solo album!) to let us photograph her! Here are some favorites from our session:
Anna and her adorable dog, Cricket
Some of Anna’s friends and fellow musicians we met as we were heading on to our next location!
Due to her rehearsal schedule, Anna literally ends up carrying her cello everywhere she goes! Library, grocery store, restaurant, etc. Can’t leave it in the car, so it goes with her!
Thanks again, Anna, for allowing us to photograph you, and for playing a little bit for us. You are amazing!
Also, Anna has a Kickstarter project that ends August 21st to fund her new solo album. You should all definitely check it out, because I know it’s going to be fantastic!
Have a great week, everyone!