Not going to lie, I don’t have a ton of guy friends. I was raised by a single mom and I’ve been around great women my whole life. I’m also one of those sensitive artistic types. I don’t like sports, don’t drink beer, and happen to think that women can do anything men can do. I second shoot weddings sometimes which is a bit of a role reversal for me because I’m usually responsible for sticking with the bride and her (typically) all female crew. When I do the second shooting role I am responsible more for the guys, and I’m always shocked how absolutely beyond “typically male” some males go. The few male friends I do relate to happen to be some of the most genuine men on the planet. When the doors close and they are free to bash women and make bigoted comments – they don’t. Because they aren’t like that. Now this may be an odd way to begin a blog post about a friend’s visit to San Diego, but it’s appropriate for the conversations we shared later in the evening about people and the sort of behavior we see as wedding photographers.
In addition to being a master photographer, Andy Stenz is just a master human being. All around genuinely cool and talented. Most of the time I don’t feel much pride in being male, but if guys were all like Andy I might be inclined to be more prideful.