Each year Santa and Mrs. Claus make an appearance at the end of the annual downtown Holiday Parade. The excitement builds as children along the parade route wait in anticipation of seeing "the Man" himself. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in high fashion aboard Laconia Fire's ladder truck and delighted those who awaited their arrival.
There's nothing quite like getting a "wave" from the big man!
As in every year we just celebrated our Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday and now are heading into the Christmas season full force. For me Christmas has become a season of the "little things" in life. Special moments from time shared with those special to us rather than the hustle and bustle of shopping for a deal.
This evening was the annual Holiday Parade in downtown Laconia. I love photographing this parade. People came and lined the streets waiting for the festivities to begin.
The delight of a child always catches my eye. I just loved the festive outfit from this little one. A fitting day for a tutu!
And this sweet young lad with his mom. This will be his first Christmas and he was
getting into the swing of things....
I think he sees the parade approaching!
May we all keep that "delight" in our hearts that all children have. Celebrate the season with joy and wonder for all those little things ~ let them mean the world to you!
I had met Jim a short while after his dad's death in 1980 so I never had the chance to personally meet "Soc". Over the past 36 years I feel like I know him well. So many people have shared their stories of love for both Soc and Joyce in our community. Whether I'm at the grocery store, or a sporting event or just out and about in town. People enjoy sharing their stories from these two wonderful folks. They gave much to their community of family and friends and even though both passed away at such a young age have maintained their place in so many peoples lives.
It's not always easy to wrangle this family up for a photo - but I managed to get most of them in this one. Joanie, Bernie and Tom were already in the auditorium ahead of us.
A few words from Steve and Joanie at the podium in honor of their dad. Stories of his sense of community and honor as well as a few "cigar" moments.
Many took the time to walk along the Hall of Fame to reflect on the names of those inducted this year as well as over the past years for their many contributions to the people of Laconia.
I would have to think that Soc is lighting up a cigar and sending along a humble "thank you" from above.
Went for a little more punch in the lighting for this one. Used a silver lined soft box along with a strip box with grid. Kept a little more distance and range as this lighting was a bit snappy.
Went well with the business-casual dress code.
A continuation of my series of personal work in the basement - Telling Stories. I had built a set for "without" as part of our One Word project and could not get myself to take it down. Instead I made some "adjustments" to build another room within this institution. Things don't all fall neatly into place right away. I'm finding this type of project works best when I allow the thoughts to come and go. Funny thing is that I know when I've reached that point where it's time to make the image. You could call it the "breaking point". Fitting for this time around as the word was "BROKEN".
My imagination seems to be running wild within this theme. So I'm going with it --- it's about what's in your gut creatively. The fun lies in trying to construct that imagination into a single photograph ....or two in this case.
Some of them were easily broken....
.... not this gal though she broke free!
Once again motivating the light to create mood. Two strip soft boxes on the left and right triggered on camera. Feathering the light on the props allowing the room to be the stage. Small continuous lights placed in a couple of small dark spots in the corners to add dimension, a third inside the table lamp with a fourth hanging overhead to add a tiny pop of fill and mellow the shadows.
Lastly two continuous lights placed "outdoors" illuminating
"the one that got away"
Additional details on the "set"
Everything is balanced from a backdrop stand. V flats to form the walls. Contact paper hanging from the cross bar for wallpaper. An old photo frame hangs as the open window. Props assembled in the room where she was put creates the space.
First headshot post op from Moh's surgery back in September. The healing process has been ongoing and if I may say myself looks quite good. Our bodies are amazing and our outer exterior heals quickly ~ without much of a scar.
But, as we all know in life the healing of what's inside ...well, that takes a bit more time.... along with a good dose of patience and love.
Photos from years gone was all she brought with her...
Without a choice she went where he sent her
during her time there keeping her dignity and self
A continuation from my series based on people placed in insane asylums during the early 1900's.
The "tech talk" ....back in the basement for some "set building" last week. A continuation of stories depicting the 1920's. Walls made by hanging wrapping paper from a backdrop stand; closed off with a couple of V flats. Window and drapery balanced with props to create a quiet room on the first floor. Vintage finds including an antique black dress, boots, fox stole and hat completed the mood.
Lighting for this was done with small continuous lights. Two lights set outside of the window gelled warm to hot. Second light hung above the suitcase to highlight the photographs. Third light standing on camera right with a snoot to add a touch of fill. Final fourth light was placed into the light fixture on the bedside table.
Create with what you've learned
"Motivating the Practical"
Tell the Story
Make for Telling Stories