It was a few mornings ago I had heard of the sudden passing of a fellow photographer and friend, Jeff Woodlee. Like many that heard the news, I was shocked, then deeply saddened. Although I did not know Jeff as well as many other people, we had meet and photographed together for the first time in Savannah, Georgia.
It wasn't long after we met that Jeff began working at Showcase Photo Atlanta, Georgia. He was always the guy I went to there if I needed anything when I was in town. Jeff always told me he was giving me the "friends and family" discount, which we joked was about a 15% up charge than anyone not on that discount plan. Jeff and I shared a love for photography and a similar sense of humor. I would see Jeff at trade shows that Showcase attended and he would always make it a point to shake my hand and talk for a few minutes, no matter how busy their booth was. He was that kind of guy.
Jeff was only 53 and left behind his wife, Ledra. I can't imagine what she is going through and will continue to go through. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and the rest of the family.
This image was an image taken at Fort Pulaski, where Jeff and I first met and photographed together. There is nothing really special, technically, about this image, it just reminds me of that day photographing with Jeff.
Jeff, I hope that as you are walking along the golden streets, you have a camera to your eye and another on your shoulder. I'll be waiting to see those images.