My Mentor’s Guest Blog

Joe McNally. No credit was given as to who took the portrait.

Joe McNally. No credit was given as to who took the portrait.

Every person who has ever reached for anything bigger than themselves has had a mentor. Someone that they have looked to for inspiration, education, and wisdom. For me that has been Joe McNally. Though I have yet to meet Joe in person he has influenced me more than any other photography instructor or teacher ever could. I can look back at my pictures from a few years ago and tell you the point that I started learning from Joe. It was Joe who taught me not just how to take a picture, but why. It was Joe who taught me that a picture should be more than beautiful, well lit, and properly exposed. Joe taught me it had to tell a story. It had to have meaning otherwise it was just another picture in a long line of pictures. Though my style has developed independent of him, I wouldn’t have ever found it with him. I will always owe gratitude to Joe for sharing his talent with those that are coming behind him.

I was once told it was a mistake to mention another photographer on my blog. That an art director may say “Why hire you when I can hire the one who taught you?” Well if you read this and are thinking should you hire Joe or hire should you hire me, I think I’m in good company. There could be no greater compliment than to be considered for a job next to Joe. So with that being said I thought that since today is Sept. 11th I would turn my usual mid-week blog over to Joe. He has written a special blog today over with photographic/photoshop instructor Scott Kelby. Take a moment to read his story you’ll be glad you did.

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