In September of 2015, I walked into my boss' office at the secretarial job I had held for almost a decade. I had spent the previous year or so building not only my photography skills and portfolio, but also a lot of new motivation and confidence. I did this under the wing of my new and inspirational friend, Walfredo Reyes Jr. (percussionist with Chicago), with uplifting and motivating words from my other new friend, Tris Imboden (drummer for Chicago), and with full support and encouragement from my husband and family.
The previous year had been unbelievable sometimes. On the nights and weekends, my husband and I were gaining all-access to Chicago, we were eating BBQ and doing off-stage shoots with Wally, and we were hobnobbing with the band at catering before the shows. I was chatting with and exchanging photoshop tips with one of the founding members of Shenandoah, singing with Marty Raybon during Shenandoah's sound check, being escorted down to the catwalk of Bridgestone Arena to shoot Imagine Dragons, and much much more... during the day, I was being reprimanded for throwing tests in the wrong trash bin or not color coordinating the copies just right (you know who you are, LOL).
So, I did it. I walked into my boss' office and gave him my two week resignation. Did I second guess myself? Absolutely. Did I cry like a baby for 2 weeks at the thought of leaving my family and friends? I still do sometimes. Would I do it again? Absolutely. With my children moved out of the house and my husband working on the road, I was a lonely mess most nights. Packing up my camera gear, driving 2000 miles from home with anticipation of a new start, and, perhaps most importantly, knowing I was never going to have to go to bed alone again, was the best feeling in the world.
Dover exceeded all expectations. Being in a fresh new place was rejuvenating.
In February, I picked up my phone to discover I had missed several calls from Wally. He left one single message... "Hey Cindy, the new guy really likes your pictures." Honestly, I didn't really think much of it. The next day he messaged me... "Call me." He gave me the name and number of the new guy and said to call him.
I did. I was hired. I was hired to shoot 2 live performances in 2 nights, as well as the new press photo. Not to mention I was to use these photos to contribute and work with a creative team for their new commemorative booklet celebrating their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Stay tuned to the final installment of this 3 part blog post. I saved the best for last. Here are some teaser photos...