He arrived early at The Virginia House on Reed Creek Farm ( where I do most of my portrait sessions) I was not aware he was there because, like a good old farm boy, he had closed the gate behind him.
I saw him standing by the road smiling and I rolled down my window . I was immediately relaxed when I saw his friendly open face and told him so and he said "Well heck girl , you're famous ! " Ha! I said "No , you are !"
Eddie loved the farm and told me he had checked out the barn and saw that wonderful wagon in the loft. He said "Thats probably the most well preserved wagon of that era he had ever seen" . I remarked how the Wassums have an amazing history in this farm , sort of 'frozen in time '.
We went right to that loft and started taking pictures of Eddie there , with him exclaiming how he hates to have his picture taken. But he was totally relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. The light in the barn windows is just a great source of natural light and so I used that to full advantage .
We then went to the porch for the interview and, I can tell ya for certain, that Eddie is a gifted story teller ! What a great childhood growing up with music on both sides of his family and a granny that sang and broke out in some joyous flat footing while she was a cooking ! I mean, you don't get no better than that!
I will save the rest for the book, and you will not be disappointed !
Thank you Eddie!