A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to fly to Helena Montana and spend two days with the wildlife artist Josh Elliott.  While I am still working on the images from that 2 day shoot, I wanted to share some of the fun that we had.

It was about 7 degrees outside; and yes, that is cold.  I shared with Josh, that I needed to hire an assistant to help with the lighting for the outdoor portion of our shoot.  He told me not to worry about it as his friend, TJ Lynde and fellow artist, could help.  While I didn’t know TJ, I figured that this would be fun and why not.  Boy was I right.  It was more fun then I ever could have imagined.

As we were heading out  to the outer limites of town (which is not very far I must say), Josh pulled into the corner gas station and came out 5 minutes later with a 12 pack of cold brewskis.  I just laughed.  While I enjoy a good beer, it is certainly not a good idea for me to try and work, shoot and drink all at the same time.  But that didn’t mean they couldn’t do it.

Josh Elliott

Josh Elliott

Josh Elliott

Josh Elliott

Josh Elliott

Thanks TJ for your help.  Not only was it awesome, you were awesome.  I hope we get to do it again soon!

Josh Elliott

 

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2 Responses to “Sometimes Beer does Mix with Portrait Photography”

  1. Brian Brandt says:

    When I was growing up in Bozeman, beer went with pretty much everything. In the days before it was considered “no longer appropriate” people routinely drove around with an open beer between their legs. Of course, there were like 100 cars in the state — or at least, some number a lot lower than today. I don’t know if TJ told you his dad Stan was famous. He addressed our high school commencement. Interesting family, and good writers and artists. Glad you had a chance to experience some Montana-ness something akin to the olden days before it got so precious and billionaire-ized.

  2. rian says:

    lol.. now that looks like fun.. :D seems like you guys had a blast..