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Looks like my girl Kelsey Dylan did it again. First photo to reach 20,000 hits on my flickr! Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 2.50.29 PM Take-my-leave

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So I just posted  my one thousandth photo on flickr and I chose to make it an image of Kelsey Dylan. Kelsey has been there for so many firsts in my photographic journey that I chose her for #1000. Kelsey Dylan is the first woman I ever shot nude. It was part of a workshop that she and I attended. From there I went on to shoot in many more workshops and one day I get a message from Kelsey saying she’s going to be in town and would I like to work with her. That’s like asking me if I want to take my next breath, the answer was of course yes. I never had to set up my own shoot before and deal with the logistics as I shot in workshops and basically just showed up with my camera and shot the model. So Kelsey became the first model I ever hired privately and worked with one on one. An auspicious start to say the least and I got my feet wet and stopped working in workshops and began to hone the craft of the art nude.I hear of a workshop being taught by one of my photographic idols,Chip Willis (who it turned out is very good friends with Kelsey) and I think, I must jump at the chance to learn with him. The workshop is in Columbus Ohio and I know I GOTTA go. As luck would have it his very good friend Kelsey Dylan is going to be the model for this workshop. So now Kelsey is the first model I have photographed outside of New York.

So I’ve learned a lot, shot a lot and now I feel it may be time to move on to a “big-boy” camera and waffle back and forth between the Nikon D-600 and the D-800. I decided on the D-600 (for reasons I won’t go into here) Right around this time I get a call from Kelsey saying she’s going to be in NY and would I like to shoot with her. You already know the answer and at that point I know, I must get this camera before the shoot and break it in with her and so i did and Kelsey became the first person I photographed with my new camera. I learned a lot from Chip Willis in his workshop and one lesson was about lenses  and so for one solid year, I shot with one focal length. 50.mm. I got so comfortable with that lens that when I put the camera to my eye, well, I knew what it was going to look like before I looked through the viewfinder. One year. After that year, I felt I deserved a treat for my next lens in the lesson and being a portrait photographer my choice was the beautiful  Nikon 85mm f/1.4 G AF-S. (for the record, a magnificent piece of glass) and just before I went to go purchase this lens, I discover my friend Kelsey was headed to New York again. Well, at this point I know Kelsey is going to be the first person I shoot with this lens.

So here I am at 1000 photos for Craigmac1000 and I think it only fitting that my 1000th photo should be of Kelsey Dylan. Thank you for all your great work and your friendship Kelsey

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