Karen Russell, Part Two (Bio Pics)

I’ve already talked about my first day with Karen Russell HERE.
The next day (Friday), we spent a lot of time at the computer. We each edited the same four images and swapped tips. We looked at some of the work of other photographers. We talked and talked.
I got to meet Courtney Lee and Cole who returned home from camp. All 6 of us enjoyed dinner at a local pizza place. I shared Karen’s 2nd (!) run of the day with her. She ran that morning, but I was wiped out from the prior day’s travels. She had enough gas in her tank to enjoy a shorter (for her) jog around Grants Pass.

Saturday, we ate breakfast on her front porch. She introduced me to almond butter with chocolate on toast. Yum!
We prettied ourselves up and headed to Ashland to take photos of one another. The weather was shifting constantly. We got some brief moments of sunshine. . .

. . . but the rain encouraged us to head indoors to the Black Sheep. We enjoyed some great fries with blue cheese sauce and some drinks. We picked an out of the way spot next to some good window light and popped open a reflector. We shot, snacked, and talked. Shot, snacked and talked. Karen wasn’t afraid to practically use the head of a stranger as a tripod to get a few shots of me. I realized she is as crazy as I am.

I like the yin and yang nature of the two above shots–one colorful and happy, the other b&w and moody but with a similar composition.

Karen and Josh Downs’ first date was at the Black Sheep (above). They also had their wedding reception there.

Here are a couple more keepers that I took before the rain. . .

I see a lot of beauty inside and out in my new friend.

I’m happy that Karen liked this outtake from the shoot and doesn’t take herself too seriously . . .


3 Responses to “Karen Russell, Part Two (Bio Pics)”

  1. pam says:

    I’m totally jealous that you are another photographer that I’m going to be now following like I do Karen but also that you got to meet her in person! You totally shot what I imagine her being just like if I met her in person!

  2. Carrie says:

    Oh Rachel. This is so amazing. I’m so happy you got to do this. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall! 🙂 love ya.

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