When opportunity knocks, answer quickly. That was the case at 5:45PM on September 25th.
The day was mostly sunny until early afternoon. Severe thunderstorm alerts were crawling non-stop on every TV channel. It was dark and pouring buckets. Susan phoned wondering if we should reschedule the photo session. I assured her that regardless of the weather we would find a way to make a magnificent portrait. She hesitantly agreed to continue the pursuit.
At 5:30PM I arrived at the Kay residence on Okauchee Lake. It had just stopped raining and it appeared there might be a slight break in the clouds on the horizon. Susan, Alex and Natalie were prepping and getting dressed as Tim greeted me in the driveway.
We shook hands and I apologized for my urgent request to round up the family and hurry to the lake. Roughly 15 minutes later, the Kay's were situated near the shore with their beautiful home providing the perfect background. Three minutes later, the cover image was safely recorded on the CF card and the light went away.
The OLYC burgee was the icing on the cake for Tim a past commodore and Susan, the current commodore.
Like many of my covers, this image was "romanced" to meet my vision. A few bright leaves were removed as was the electrical conduit along the pole. The most notable and challenging change however was to create season-appropriate conditions. The green leaves of summer were changed to the beautiful warm tones of fall. This had to include the leaves reflected in the windows as well.
It was an honor to create a legacy portrait for this wonderful family of sailors.