Rei is getting married!

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In our busy world, it is often a lamentable fact that I only get to spend a short time with someone I photograph.  I have the privilege of working with many fascinating people, and often end our working hours together wishing I could get to know them better.  With Rei, it happened.

This photo, and the one from the previous post, are from the shoot I did for Rei’s album of avante garde solo piano works, entitled “Apparitions”.  (I also had the honor of designing the album art and packaging…maybe more on that another time).  That meant we had time to get to know one another better.  And then, on top of that, I had the opportunity to photograph 23 symphony shows that Rei conducted in Canada and the U.S. over the next couple of years, so we spent a bit of time “on the road” together.  I came to know Rei as not only a lovely, creative and highly collaborative subject, but a brilliant orchestra conductor and human being, someone for whom I have enormous respect.

So when she called to say she was getting married in July, and would I photograph her wedding, I didn’t have to deliberate at all.  I’m off to shoot Rei’s wedding near Chicago next week, and I’m excited!

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