My very first assignment after assisting Annie Leibovitz was shooting the Violent Femmes for Rolling Stone. I went to Brooklyn with my one strobe and my one camera, and the light didn’t fire. I was a mess, but the Femmes were super nice and invited me to their hometown of Milwaukee to shoot them as much as I wanted. The fee for the whole shoot was $75 and I didn’t have a credit. So I flew to Chicago, found a place to rent a car with cash, stayed with the drummer, Victor Delorenzo, and they played this song many times while I shot them. Victor’s wife Karen was pregnant and we all became great friends.
20 years later….I am at a show in NY with a band Brian Ritchie had put together, and he introduces me to the drummer, Malachi Delorenzo (who was in Karen’s belly at the first Milwaukee shoot). Malachi came to work with me creating playlists for shooting. He then worked - and continues to work - with Langhorne Slim. We all watched a Green Bay Packer game this past fall, and Karen gave us the best massages ever!