This past Sunday I had six hours of "Carousel" rehearsal beginning at 1:00pm. I was feeling a little rough because I had just returned from a two day trip to the Chicago area at 10:00pm Saturday night. I had to get up Sunday and begin the process of getting ready for my first ever professional head shot session, before rehearsal, so that I wouldn't have to leave rehearsal for any longer than absolutely necessary to get ready. My shoot was the last scheduled of the fifteen appointments over the three day weekend, which was just before the photographer had to fly back to NYC. The Music Theatre Department arranges for this wonderful photographer to come take head shots for all of the MT sophomores. I was told by my director that they would do their best to work around me, at Carousel, though he wanted me to use my time efficiently. There was no way I was going to spend a big chunk of my own money on photos and not take some care in getting ready for the shoot, though. The only head shots I have ever had were taken by a photographer friend of mine, who does beautiful work. They were fine, but I have changed a lot in the two years since they were taken, as at that time I was only seventeen.
Ben Meadors, who lives in NYC but has strong ties to Cleveland, is the photographer who I met with Sunday. I was originally to have outdoor photos taken on the beautiful Baldwin Wallace campus, but I received an email Saturday while I was still in Chicago, that due to the weather forecast, I should drive to University Heights to meet him at the Joseph McCullough Center for Visual Arts where he had rented some studio space. I was disappointed as I really wanted to do the shoot outside and having my university as the back drop would have been more meaningful, but I can’t control mother nature. Also this added a half hour drive to my already tight schedule that day. My appointment was from 4:00 to 5:30 so I left about 3:15 and headed to the Art institute. We had a great shoot indoors and he even took some fun dance shots just for kicks, although I don’t usually dance ballet in jeans. Ha! Ben was a nice laid back artsy kind of guy and the shoot was really enjoyable. As it turned out that day, Carousel was dismissed an hour early so I didn’t have to make it back to rehearsal after all. As I was finishing this blog today my un-retouched proofs were posted in an online album, so I am going to bravely snitch a random one to post with this blog. Thanks Ben Meadors!