I had the opportunity to take some portraits for my friend and professional cellist, Carly Fleming in May 2016.
Not only is she an amazing musician with 18 years of experience, but a beautiful woman as well. I was honored to have the chance to practice my photography with her as my subject.
I've included a bio written by Carly about her life as a musician and her backstory. Enjoy!
"I've basically known since I was 7 or 8 that I wanted to be a musician. I started playing piano when I was 4 years old, and always loved to sing. In 4th grade, everyone took 8 weeks of violin class, which came pretty naturally to me. The following year, the orchestra director pulled me out of class and asked me to join the orchestra. He was a cellist, and I think saw the potential in a "protege", so he convinced me that cello would be fun to play. He immediately set me up with private lessons so I wouldn't get bored in class, and I was hooked. I joined the youth orchestra, eventually began studying with a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and tried my best to prepare myself for college auditions.
When it came time, I decided to attend Ball State University for a cello performance degree because I absolutely loved the cello professor. He gave me such a great opportunity, and stood behind me every step of the way. So, when he told me that he had taken a job at the University of Hartford, I made the decision to move cross-country to follow him.
Even though it was a very difficult decision, it certainly ended up being the right one. In the more "conservatory" type setting of The Hartt School, I was able to focus more on improving myself as a cellist and musician. I started to learn what I enjoyed doing and playing. I met people who were able to help me in that journey.
The biggest thing I have learned as a musician is to be open. Play with as many different people as possible, and be open to what they have to say. You can learn from everyone.
Music is how I express myself. I have never been comfortable being the center of attention, but put a cello in my hands and I am happy to be in the spotlight."