In mid-October, my wife Patty told me that one of her coworkers was interested in me taking photos of her young family. It worked out that we could meet at Frying Pan Park, in Herndon, Virginia, early on Saturday, October 23rd. The conditions were chilly, but the kids still had a good time. And considering the conditions, the photos turned out pretty well.
On November 14, 2018, my wife mentioned that our neighbors were interested in me taking some family photos that they could use for their Christmas cards. The Fall colors were quickly fading, and the upcoming weekend weather was uncertain, but this would be worth a try.
Early last week, Patty asked me if I would take some family photos for a work friend whose husband was being deployed to the Middle East right after Thanksgiving. I had taken their photos before, and I was looking forward to seeing what I could improve upon.
Our neighbors across the street had seen the Christmas photos I took of the family next door, and they asked if I would take similar photos of their family. The night of December 22, 2017 presented the opportunity. So, I reassembled much the same equipment configuration out in the street in front of their house, and we took some photos. Afterwards, we went inside a took a few more shots around their Christmas tree. Every such opportunity gives me more chances to improve my technique.
Once again this year, my wife asked me to take photos of kids with Santa Claus at the Annandale Food Bank at Annandale Methodist Community Center. I took the photos on December 21, 2017 as the families were coming through the food line, and we had the prints available for them to pick up the following week. There were a lot of families that came through that night. And where last year I delivered 38 photos, this year I delivered 62. ‘Hats off’ to Pete, our Santa Clause, who put in his usual Norman Rockwell performance!
Our neighbor had asked me to take a photo of their family, so they would have one to send out with Christmas cards. I started brainstorming to come up with a cute photo composition for this family of five, and the idea that jumped in my head was a photo of them sitting on the curb in front of their house at night, with their house lights, and their extensive Christmas lights, glowing in the background. To capture this, I would use my new Nikon D850 DSLR camera for the first time, and in the process, see what of its new capabilities I could leverage.
We finally got a chance to take these photos on December 17, 2017, the night of our neighborhood Christmas open-house at another neighbor’s house down the street. The family broke away for our brief photo shoot, and they made the whole thing a lot of fun.
Our neighbors’ daughter was home for Thanksgiving, on break from her Masters program at Columbia University, and she had invited 8 of her friends from college to come visit D.C. She also asked me to come over and take photos of them the morning after they arrived, before they headed downtown to play tourist.
Patty and I were invited to attend the wedding ceremony for the daughter of some friends of ours. The event was to take place at 3:00 pm on November 5, 2017 at Shadow Creek, a wedding venue in Purcellville, VA. The ceremony was to be followed by a cocktail hour (while photos were taken of the wedding party), and then a reception that would go well into the night. In addition to the great time we had at this event, it provided the opportunity to watch some professional photographer/videographers at work, and to take a few photos myself.
The 2017 Kinsley Family Reunion was held July 7-9, 2017 in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania. This biennial reunion celebrates the descendants of John Kinsley and Catherine Quinn, who immigrated from County Wexford, Ireland in the 1830’s, and settled in north-central Pennsylvania, in what was referred to as The Irish Settlement. My wife and son are counted among those descendants.
This photo was taken on Main Street in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, just as the crowd of about 60 attendees, hailing from as far away as California, were in the process of assembling in front of the Wyalusing Hotel for the reunion photo.
Every year, the residents of Chapel Square West, and many former residents and visitors, come together to celebrate the birth of our country on Indepence Day. The festivities include a parade down Epinard Court, reciting of our Pledge of Allegiance, a picnic, games for the young and old, and fireworks as the light starts to fade. Sometimes we even get a police escort for our parade, but we won’t go into that.
This photo shows how we decorate our bicycles with ribbons, and our faces with smiles, as we honor our country.
Over the holidays, my neighbor asked me if I would shoot the opening of a very special Christmas gift. Her sister-in-law was pregnant, and my neighbor had arranged to reveal the baby’s gender by having her sister-in-law pop a confetti-filled balloon that was wrapped in a Christmas present.
My wife, spends her Thursday evenings distributing free food at the Annandale Supplemental Food Site at Annandale Methodist Community Center. Last year, a couple of weeks before Christmas, I attended with her, and I took photos of each of the kids that came through the line with Santa Claus. Then, when these families came through the line the following week, I gave them each the resulting prints.