Woodshedding

Have you practiced your guitar today?

Good lord, when will you stop practicing that guitar today?

It’s pretty easy to know which question applies to a serious musician and which one applies to someone going through the motions.

I took guitar lessons as a kid for just a little while. My teacher wasn’t great and the guitar was too big for my hands. In short order, I lost interest. Sometimes I wish I would have stuck with it just a little bit longer. But even at such a young age, I knew that music wasn’t for me.

A different kind of artistic lightning struck me when I was 13. That’s the first time that a picture that I had created came out exactly how I imagined.

I immediatley rode my bike back to the drug store where the photos were processed and spent almost all of my remaining money on a ten roll pack or “brick” of film.

That’s the moment that my woodshedding started.

15 months later I had my first paying gig.

Now I relish hearing, “when are you going to take a break from practicing your photography?”

I think you know the answer.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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