I had so many ideas pop into my head for a photo on destination. Most of them included new places I plan to visit for a day trip. My schedule had other plans so instead I used a work day down in Boston as my "destination" playground.
Took the bus down and started taking photos once I got close to the city. Nothing really jumped out at me. I tried some different techniques of panning and slow shutter speeds - but that bag of tricks just wasn't cutting it.
On the return bus back home I snapped this one coming out of Boston. I liked it ...but not enough.
Then as the sun was starting to go down and the light was coming in just beautifully....
I made my photo.
Destination ~ Home
To have a destination in mind is good
~ but more importantly, at least in my mind, is to
I was giving myself some time to come up with an idea using play in a fun, carefree way. When I turned my attention to the task my thoughts kept reverting to a deck of cards.
52 individual cards to a deck
13 different cards
4 different suits
So now that I had that piece nailed down ...how was I going to make a deck of cards into play?
Found a dress that made me think of the Queen of Hearts. Okay, so there's piece number 2.
Quite a few ideas flowed in and out over the next few days.
As with most of our words - after the first week goes by I feel like I've got to come up with "the plan" knowing my window of opportunity for time is short. I needed to come up with the rest of "the plan" on the fly.
So I got out that dress, and a new prop to sit on. Went with a backdrop apparatus that I hadn't tried out yet and set out to make "PLAY". Put a bit of curl to my hair, some lipstick and had my deck of cards ready.
The rest just fell together......
Play the hand you're dealt
Play it to the best of your ability
The rest is irrelevant
The more I delve into these conceptual styled shoots the more I enjoy them. They release my imagination to a place where
....anything is possible if you set your mind to it.
Techie talk: collapsable 5x7 backdrop with black fabric on the floor. One beauty dish with grid and sock on camera right as main light. Second light small gridded strip box on camera left to fill and lastly small light on floor to highlight shoes and cards.
Last month I had the opportunity to schedule a head shot session with Mr. Tate Aldrich. I've known Tate's parents for years and it was great to see him come back to his home town and take an English teaching job at Laconia High School. His energy and concern for the well being of his students is paramount as is his openness and availability to those around him.
In 2016 Tate received the honor of New Hampshire's Teacher of the Year. He has had a whirlwind year of activity and opportunity as a result of this award.
His latest venture brought him to Washington DC with the other 49 states for "Teacher of the Year". As I dropped off his photos to him this morning he was describing this adventure as a "trip of a lifetime". He was humbled by the amount of talent and dedication within his group of educators. He is genuinely a "Super" young man with a wonderful career ahead of him. I am sure I speak for all of Laconia when I say we are so fortunate to have him teaching in our home town school.