A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Nashville Celebrations event for His Light Workshops. Ricky Skaggs, of bluegrass music fame, is a personal friend of the workshop leader, Bill Fortney. It is traditional for Mr. Skaggs to tag along a little bit each year, but this year he joined us shooting in the field and learning in the classroom for most of the week. He is quite a soft-spoken, tenderhearted man, and he takes his photography very seriously.
He arranged for us to get into some private places around the Nashville area and chimed in during critique sessions on participant’s photos. We had a studio portrait session with him one afternoon too! Staff at a local camera store prepared a studio setting, including lights, flash controls, and fabric background (which I darkened in editing because it was way too busy for my personal taste). Portrait photography is certainly “not my thing,” and I was a nervous wreck when it came to my turn to snap his picture. Isn't he a handsome man? I pretended that he was a bear and I was doing wildlife photography, haha! As part of the workshop, we were also treated to his musical performance with Kentucky Thunder at the classic Ryman Auditorium. It was awesome!
Mr. Skaggs took the time to give me personal encouragement about my photography and the new direction of my life. I am grateful for his wise counsel and feel blessed to know him.