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Published :: James Lee Burke for Poets and Writers Magazine :: Montana Photographer

missoula montana photographer - editorial and commercial - James Lee Burke
There are some assignments that, once finished, leave you feeling better than when you started.  This assignment was one of those experiences for me.  When I got the call from Poets and Writers Magazine that I would be photographing bestselling, mystery author James Lee Burke I was more than a little nervous.  He’s a well known figure in the area and when we chatted on the phone I worried that I might need more time than he was going to have to make as many photos as I wanted.  As I drove down the dirt road that leads to his home in Lolo, Montana my stomach was full of butterflies.  I knocked on the door, waited, and there was no answer.  I had seen a light on round the back of the house and knew he was there so I knocked again.  No answer.  Finally, not wanting to be late, I walked around back to find Mr. Burke playing guitar in his office and singing.  That’s when I knew we were going to have fun.  I knocked, he let me in, and we spent the next hour or so laughing, making photos, and talking favorite movies and books.  He told me about his time working in newspapers in the South, how much he loved people watching, and his thoughts on Hurricane Katrina.  When I left I held a small sheet of paper with his movie recommendations he had written out for me.

Sometimes photo shoots are about making a picture quickly and getting out — or creating an image to a clients exact specifications.  For me, this shoot was a gift.  It was the kind of thing that made me a photographer in the first place.  Just two people, talking about the things they love, laughing and making photos in the process.  What a treat.

missoula montana photographer - editorial and commercial - James Lee Burke

missoula montana photographer - editorial and commercial - James Lee Burke

missoula montana photographer - editorial and commercial - James Lee Burke

missoula montana photographer - editorial and commercial - James Lee Burke

missoula montana photographer - editorial and commercial - James Lee Burke

missoula montana photographer - editorial and commercial - James Lee Burke

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missoula montana photographer - editorial and commercial - James Lee Burke

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Here’s part of the spread in the latest issue of Poets and Writers.  Special thanks to Art Director Murray Greenfield for doing, as always, a wonderful job.  You can see the full article in the latest edition of the magazine on stands now.

missoula montana photographer - editorial and commercial

 

missoula montana photographer - editorial and commercial

8 Responses to Published :: James Lee Burke for Poets and Writers Magazine :: Montana Photographer

  1. Catherine A. Pacheco says:

    Gonna have to find this magazine. Great pictures! Thanks.

    I absolutely LOVE James Lee Burke. Very few people, besides my son, I feel that way about. NOBODY writes like him (well, Shakespeare’s pretty good, but he hasn’t produced much new of late). There are some very good writers out there today whom I really enjoy reading, but JLB leads the pack by a country mile.

    I only buy hardbacks by him, Michael Connelly, John Connolly and Lee Child. If my financial situation worsens (part of the retirement age blues)I’ll give up the latter three long before I give up Mr. Burke. I’ll have to ask my son to get any new releases for me.

    Parenthetically: (I’m a complete lunatic about Cajun music. [Well I love the French music of Louisiana, in general. But, OH MY GOD CAJUN!] Finding LA French music in ’90 or ’91 led me to James Lee Burke. Another reason to be grateful to the Creoles and Cajuns who came to the San Francisco Bay Area, bringing their music and culture with them. And that gratitude more than extends to JLB and his gifts to me. Oooohh, ma cha!)
    :) :) :)

  2. Candice Kirkman says:

    My favorite author, head and shoulders above the rest. An old soul in a poets body is how he strikes me. He makes me yearn for the places he writes about. My hats always off to Mr. James Lee Burke. When there are no longer new books by him to read I’ll star over with the first. Can’t and don’t want to imagine not having his books!

  3. Linda M. Williams says:

    What a wonderful article and pictures of my very favorite author. I have tried many times to make it to a place he was appearing to get his autograph and missed him every time – once by only a few hours (in New Orleans). He is, without a doubt, the most humble down-to-earth writer I have ever read. When I pick up one of his books I know I am going to feel right at home and comfortable immediately. He makes pictures with his words so easily and I can see them right there in front of me. The world would be a much better place with more people like James Lee Burke! God Bless!!

  4. Beth McKinnon says:

    I love your photographs of James Lee Burke. They add a new and human dimension to this beloved author who can shake my soul with his words. Thank you for sharing

  5. Sara Taylor says:

    My favorite author of all times. I love this man. Meeting him would be a dream come true. Can’t wait to read his next novel.

  6. Kathryn Glidewell says:

    I,too, can’t wait to get this issue.I read a lot and nobody has ever moved me the way James Lee Burke does-every time! His mastery of language takes me right to the heart of the matter in all of his stories. Makes me wonder what it’s like to compose with the best. Your photos are a highlight! Thanks to both of you for sharing.

  7. Marcia Dunn says:

    The greatest writer living today…I have read many books that were page turners…the difference is that JLB’s books are read over and over again by everyone…they are like an old friend that you want to revisit all your life.

  8. Katherine Bourque-Menard says:

    My son Michael and I love James Lee Burke. We would love to see him in New Iberia, La. So proud of you Mr. James Lee Burke.

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