Annette Crawford isn’t just awesome; she’s badass!!
|Annette with Rueben V (the photo on the
wall and on the t-shirt are Annette’s!)
And it isn’t because of her side gig, either. Although, photographing people like BB King, John Stamos, and Rob Thomas in concert is pretty badass…
|Rob Thomas from MatchBox Twenty|
|Uncle Jessy was in the house!!|
However, it’s Annette’s passion and her sense of adventure that I truly admire. What’s funny is that she doesn’t describe herself as adventurous, “I can’t swim, I won’t go in caves, and I scare pretty easily. That said, I am comfortable with public speaking, and when I was 21, I drove from Dayton, Ohio, to Anchorage, Alaska, — via Tijuana — on my own! But that’s another story for another day.” Did I mention that she was an Air Force lifer?!?! My description stands.
Nearly three years ago my energetic, redheaded friend began thinking of her retirement from her second career as Deputy Chief of Air Force Recruiting Service Public Affairs. It was only a handful of years away, and she didn’t want to be the woman whose entire life had been her job. “That would not be me,” she vowed. So, she began to think of what she could do when she graduated from her career-woman status.
|Annette with Carolyn Wonderland|
“Photography!” she decided. It was something that she’s always enjoyed, “For graduation from high school I got a Vivitar 602 that took 110 film. I loved that camera, and it served me well all the way from the Philippines to Ohio to Alaska and beyond,” she reminisced. Even with her interest in photography she never really took anything more than family photos or random vacation shots. Thankfully, Annette has always had a sense of adventure (whether she thinks so or not); so learning a new skill was thrilling for her.
Around the time that she’d vowed to pick up a hobby, she was frequenting a blues club in San Antonio called Sam’s Burger Joint and Music Hall. Her friend Jimmy, a super cool musician dude, often played there.
“I asked [Jimmy] if he would talk to one of the owners, and see if I could take photos in exchange for free admission,” Annette said, “He asked and the owners said yes…things just really blossomed from there.”