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A big shoutout goes to Claire Baur and her family. Claire's senior portrait session was scheduled, rescheduled, and rescheduled once more due to rain. I spent considerable time on the phone and exchanging emails with her mother, who was incredibly positive and easy to communicate with. I've had this idea to incorporate a vintage bike restored by my brother-in-law into one of my sessions. Inspired by Susan's friendly and open manner, Claire's mom, I thought they might be the perfect fit to include the bike in the session.
During one of our conversations, I proposed the idea of incorporating the bike to Claire. To my delight, she enthusiastically agreed. Learning that she had just returned from Amsterdam, where she rode a similar bike requiring backward pedaling to brake, put me at ease regarding safety.
When Claire returned in her second outfit, I was stunned—it perfectly matched the color of the bike! It felt like fate.
Regrettably, I didn't get the chance to meet Susan in person as she had a work trip that weekend. I eagerly anticipate the day when we finally cross paths. Thanks so much Baur family for letting me have change to do what I love to do.
If you are interested in a themed session of any type, please get in touch with me. email@example.com. I love creating these shoots. They are a lot of fun.
Here are a few examples that I have done with my amazingly willing family.
Fall doughnuts with the family.
Powder Blue Vintage Ford Truck
Soda Pop Shop
Vintage Train Station
Pink Bubble Gum
I have found there's something uniquely enjoyable and heartwarming about a dedicated family photo session. It's not just about the pictures but the experience, the bonding, and the joy it brings. A family photo session is not just about the end result, but a genuinely fun and meaningful family activity.
A family photo session provides an opportunity to slow down, come together, and share quality time. As you get ready, travel to the location, and interact together , you'll have the chance to connect and enjoy each other's company. Many families go out and enjoy a meal together after their session with me.
Family photo sessions are all about capturing the love and connection within your family. They freeze moments in time, enabling you to revisit them for years to come. The memories created during these sessions often become some of the most cherished ones. When you look at those photos in the future, they'll remind you of the smiles, laughter, and love that was present on that day.
A family photo session is not just about standing in a row and saying "cheese." It's about having fun together! It's about natural interactions and genuine smiles. The fun that ensues is becomes memorable.
Many families choose outdoor locations for their photo sessions, which offers an opportunity to explore new places. Whether it's a beautiful park, a charming beach, or an urban cityscape, you can turn your photo session into a mini-adventure. These new settings provide beautiful backdrops for your photos and make the experience even more enjoyable.
A family photo session often brings out unique moments of bonding and closeness. The shared experiences during the session can foster a sense of togetherness and create stories that you'll fondly reminisce about in the future.
Documenting relationships is so important. Having a picture of your parents, or grandparents together is a family treasure.
Pictures of cousins together will be brought out and shared many times at family gatherings.
A family photo session is so much more than just taking pictures. It's an enjoyable and memorable family activity that provides the opportunity to bond, create lasting memories, and have lots of fun. Whether you choose to have these sessions annually or for special occasions, the joy it brings to your family is something you'll treasure forever. So, if you haven't had a family photo session yet, it's time to consider it as an essential addition to your family traditions.
Pictures of siblings together are great to have.
A family photo session is so much more than just taking pictures. It's an enjoyable and memorable family activity that provides the opportunity to bond, create lasting memories, and have lots of fun. Whether you choose to have these sessions annually or for special occasions, the joy it brings to your family is something you'll treasure forever. It also brings me joy. I get to meet, interact and have fun with you doing something I love. So, if you haven't had a family photo session yet, it's time to consider it as an essential addition to your family traditions.
This is the third blog on our behind the scenes of recreation of iconic photos. The two remake photo shoots were from Gilligan's Island and The Beatles.
Here Johnny is hamming it up for his part as the Skipper.
Lukey made a great Gilligan..........
.....until he decided to start clowning around with different options on his head and
.....then rolling on the floor.
The captain's hat was something he also wanted to try out.
James was getting ready for his part as Thurstan Howell III by having a little snack. (Looks like he is having a fashion crisis, too!)
Then he needed a little drink.
Just saying, I was not responsible for the eyebrows, that was my assistant, the one holding the drink.
That assistant doubles as a great character in the role of the Professor.
After a little Photoshop Magic, we end up with the above shot. When I showed it to Johnny after it was done, he replied, "Hey!How'd you get us in the jungle?"and"Baby has the wrong clothes on!"
On to the next photo shoot, a recreation of the iconic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band image.
James was not a fan of the wigs. They seemed to irritate his eyes.
Being the wonderful grandparents that we are, we gave him a spoon to hold and told him to suck it up, we needed the picture.
He was not getting out of this one.
Lukey was next. You might have noticed that he has the same costume on. We used the same costume for all three boys and I just changed the color in Photoshop.
A wig change was needed. The other one was a bit too much, but this one was not good either. How many wigs do you have? You might be thinking... Let's just say, we have a large variety, don't you?
This one is perfect. Luke was very patient as we messed with the wigs. He was thinking of that toy he gets in the end.
Johnny is great in front of the camera, he nailed it as Paul.
Our last Beatle was my faithful partner in grandparenting, John.
"That's not a band uniform", you say! Wait for it..........Photoshop is awesome!
Here starts the progression of putting all the images together....
and changing the colors.....
and adding to the police uniform to make it a band uniform.
I am no expert in Photoshop, but I am sure learning a lot.
I hope these images will be something the boys will have to help remember all the time we spend together. I also hope they inspire them to always be creative. John and I get so much joy out of creating.
Recreating iconic photos using our grandsons has been a lot of fun, especially when they are into it, like James here as Harpo. This blog is the behind the scenes images taking during the Marx Brothers photo recreation shoot.
Lukey wanted to be Harpo, too.
Eventhough he would be a great Harpo, we needed a Chico
Johnny decided to get himself ready for his part of Groucho. It was not exactly the look we had in mind.
Things got a little out of hand. Johnny got into the props for our next planned shoot.I LOVE this picture!!It really reflects what it was like trying to do this shoot.
I was back to photographing Jamesy, bribed with a few French fries. John went to negotiate with Johnny to get him into the right look.
Lukey found the fake mustaches and had to try them out.
When Johnny was ready, he was a spectacular Groucho. He really got into the part!
We did it! That was not easy, but we had a lot of laughs.
My husband and I have been watching our three grandsons during the week since December. We love them to dearly, but it is a lot of work. Me being a photographer and my husband being a very creative person, we got the idea to recreate iconic photos using them as the subjects. This activity would be time spent well- so we thought. They were not that into it until we bribed them with going to Target after, so that they could pick out a toy. Then we had full cooperation, sort of.
The above image is a remake of the famous Yalta Conference picture, It is the end result. The original is below, followed by what happened behind the scenes. I think the BTS images are funnier than the final image. Scroll down to see them.
Baby James thought it was a fun game to throw the cigar......
every time we tried to get him to pose with it.
Johnny was fine, as long as he could watch his iPad while waiting for his turn.
Lukey was good, too!
There was a little coaching from PopPop.
"How much longer???"
Remaking The 3 Stooges picture, was our next endeavor. Johnny made an excellent Moe.
Lukey was not thrilled about his part; Larry.
I hope he laughs at these pictures someday instead of getting mad at us.
Pop Pop was ready to stand in as Curly incase Jamsey was not willing. Pop Pop was practicing with Johnny to show how to gently tug on his ear, which was required in the picture remake.
Even though Lukey seemed to enjoy pulling on his younger brother's ear, James did not want any part of it.
I promise you, Jamesy was not hurt, he had just woken up and was cranky, so Pop Pop would have to be Curly.
Oh man! Things got a little chaotic, as it always seems to get with 3 boys!
We did manage to get enough shots to create the final image. Stay tuned for more behind the scenes in a future blog.
Sometimes I get ideas in my head about photos I want to create. This time it was about bubble gum and the color pink. I asked my youngest daughter if she would be willing to be my subject. I could see her with the freckles and the curly hair and green eyes, as the perfect subject. She reluctantly agreed, with an eye roll. My girls know I get, obnoxiously excited when it comes to my photography ideas, but they almost always have fun.
Well as it turns out, she and I did not find the time to do the photo together, but my oldest daughter had some time because she was on school break and was in Maine with me. With out hesitation, she agreed to be my subject.
I was ready. I had lightning, a pink head band and bubble gum.
The chewing of multiple sticks of gum started.
I envisioned a big pink bubble as part of the image.
Unfortunately, no matter how many sticks of gum she chewed, the bubbles were small and popped right away. So we hopped in the car and drove to the nearest store, 20 minutes away. We are not close to much in Maine.
We returned home and learned that bubble gum brand does matter. Bubble Yum, is the better gum! (If you want stronger and bigger bubbles)
This is my final image and it is what I had in mind. She nailed it. I colored the background and the sweater to complete my idea. However...........
When we were out at the Dollar Store getting gum, we found this pink umbrella, which led to this...................
...........an image that I could use for my 52 Frames challenge. The current assignment was, "A line from a song." This is, Under my umbrella," by Rihanna.
Special thanks to Emily, it was really fun to do this shoot together, and to her husband Corey, for testing his fear of heights to climb up high to pour water over the umbrella in the freezing cold. Great memories were made.
Every year I like to review and compile my favorite images. In doing so this past week, I realized how few images I took in 2022 just for my own creativity. I absolutely love working with my clients and creating images they will love, however, I also love creating images for myself. I guess I have a New Year’s resolution now, to create more personal work.
Sometimes I Wonder12/5/2022
Photo Blog, Photos by Ann Marie Ford
Sometimes I wonder where I’ll finally fit in. Where is home?
I am a third-generation son of the beautiful small community of Sharon, Massachusetts. This has always been my home, and but for a brief period, I have lived here my entire 66 years. However, as much as Sharon is and always will be home, I have always felt a bit disjointed and restless with the thought of staying put.
I have had two wonderful careers in this town. I have enjoyed sixteen years as a teacher and twenty plus years as a police officer. The experiences, the people, the relationships, are all precious to me. However, even with general success there has been an uneasy sense of not truly belonging.
A few years ago Ann Marie and I bought a nice vacation home in the wilds of Maine. It is a wonderful place of relaxation and solitude. However, after a few days, or sometimes weeks, I begin to miss something... I think it’s home. But when I get home, I start to miss Maine. I also miss Italy, Greece, or some other places I’ve never been to.
I loved Manteo, North Carolina, on the Outer Banks. I thought that would be a place where I could fit in. It’s beautiful and the people were very friendly. Sadly, down deep, I know I would get restless there as well. I would eventually miss Sharon and Maine, but, right now, I miss Manteo…lol.
Dedication to a cause or purpose has been equally challenging. I have been both absorbed and intoxicated by music’s siren call. However, I always came short of giving myself to her as an ultimate and faithful lover. Music, as with most passions, is jealously unyielding in her need for utter and singular commitment. Oftentimes I would encounter the personalities of those that made the total commitment. How do they become so disciplined and singularly focused?
Then again, maybe it’s just my human laziness. Perhaps, I was simply not willing to spend countless hours on the mechanics to get to the place of effortless expression? However, it seems that so many untrained musicians find joy, true joy, in the simple Saturday night fiddle soiree, compared to those that pursued the perfection of in-depth professional music studies. Unfortunately, I don’t play fiddle.
I sometimes have a wild dream of the future and imagine a time where we go to a concert not just to hear performers, but to perform as well. Instead of lighting up our cell phones or applauding at the conclusion of the night, the “audience” psycho-kinetically creates a musical response, which is played back to the performers, kind of like the music sequence in Close Encounters where both aliens and earthlings connect through sympathetic musical tones. We would no longer be passive receptors, but participants in the magical dialogue of musical exchange. How cool would that be? Sounds like a plot line to a Vonnegut story.
Where is home? I love when the character Ben Rumson from the musical Paint Your Wagon, sings the song, I was Born Under a Wandering Star.
I was born under a wandrin' star
Mud can make you prisoner, and the plains can bake you dry
Snow can burn your eyes, but only people make you cry
Home is made for comin' from, for dreams of goin' to
Which with any luck will never come true
I was born under a wandrin' star
I was born under a wandrin' star
Finally, I like C. S. Lewis’s contention that our wandering, our restlessness, or sense that we are never quite home, is the exact proof that we indeed were not created for this world. That thought does give me some sense of settlement and relief. But to again quote Ben Rumson;
If I get to Heaven tie me to a tree
Or I’ll begin to roam and soon you know where I will be….
The piano feels like home. Tie me to a piano and I’ll be sure to practice, even if I get restless. Then again, traveling through Italy with Stanley Tucci would be good.
Senior year is a special time in a high school student's life. Having your pictures taken is part of recording it. I love working with all of these fantastic seniors to create memories and give them something to always be able to look back at when they are older. Madddie's session was another great one, filled with lots of laughs and of capturing of different looks.
She was just as excited as I was and was so into it. I love that! I couldn't have asked for a better subject.
The first thing I noticed when Maddie got out of the car was her eyelashes, they are gorgeous.
She was more than willing to try anything and had many ideas of her own.
The many different moods we created were awesome!
She brought along her dog, which I love. It makes for such genuine reactions and expressions, from the seniors, too.
It was so nice to see older brother, Andrew, who I photographed when he was a senior.
Maddie, you were so awesome to work with. I know how much you love taking and being in pictures, so you have an eye for what looks good, and you didn't look good, you looked AMAZING!! Thanks for making me love my job even more than I already do! Best to you this senior year!
After 31 years of teaching, I have decided to retire and start a new chapter of my life as a photographer. It has been my passion for about 7 years now.