The Story Behind the Photograph

Throughout the years Seven Pillars Photography has captured live moments of local musicians.  There are some that stand out because they have a story behind them.

Let me share these stories with you.

Moments of Time That Have a Story

Hair (1 of 1)

Hair - An Austin Production

November 6, 2020, JenGio is playing at Round Rock Tavern. I arrived early to watch the band set up. I see Dave Hasseler place a fan on the stage. This makes me happy, for I know flowing hair will be part of my photography. Flowing hair makes good photography. Flowing hair is an essential element of any photography composition. Flowing hair makes a statement. Flowing hair.....Yes, dear God, I became obsessed with capturing flowing hair.

But this date is also a reminder of how life can change in a blink of an eye. Many band members and some of the audience came down with COVID. I myself didn't do well over the weekend. For Joe Giordino, he wound up in the hospital. It was a serious matter. Thank God, Joe pulled out of it.

We all know that each day is a gift but it is not until tragedy strikes that we make acknowledgements. So I say, as many have said before me, Live each day to the fullest. I also leave you with the following:

do not be anxious about anything, sbut in everything by prayer and supplication twith thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And uthe peace of God, vwhich surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6 (ESV)

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When the Irish Speak - Listen

November 8, 2021 - I am at The Saxon Pub listening to Pat Byrne. He is telling a story about one of his songs that had the phrase, "Looking at her chest not her eyes."   I thought about this and thought it made sense because the chest is where the heart is.  He was looking at her soul, etc......

It was only the next morning that I realized the phrase was, "He was looking at her chestnut eyes."   

Robert Wagner 7

The Deep End of the Pool

On October 30, 2020, I had been photographing musicians for only a month. Robert Wagner's Black Crowes Experience was my first big event. Initially, I was overwhelmed. Slowly but surely, I gained my footing.

My life has always been a series of "Baptism by Fire" events. Rarely, do I ever get the luxury of a slow introduction. As tiring as these occurrences can be they always strengthen me. I have learned persistence is a major key to success. This photograph, captured that night, was the result of fighting through my fear. This photograph became the cover of the first book I have ever written. Soon, I will begin my fourth. Persistence is essential to any accomplishment.

"The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itviness; third, common sense."                    - Thomas A. Edison


1 Comment

  1. Judi Hopka on November 7, 2023 at 7:23 am

    Hair….Jen Hasseler. Some very beautiful shots have been taken from you. Every time October comes around I always remember Covid and Joe G. I am glad we are all here to see your posts!
    Bravo my friend!!!!

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