Kingston, Ontario July, 1968. Allan Kenny and Laurie Smith, due to be wed in October, spend a leisurely afternoon in McDonald park with Laurie’s best friend Audrey Shearer. They take some photos on the benches, and one with the locally famous lion statue: ‘the Gaskin Lion’.
Kingston, Ontario July, 2012. Allan and Laurie are still married, and Audrey is still Laurie’s oldest and dearest friend. There are now children and grandchildren…. and many years have passed with loose plans and ’round tuits’ saying every summer “you know, we should go back to that park together someday and re-create some of those pictures.
That’s where Lindsay and I come in. The daughters. (the really really awesome daughters) We take things into our own hands. We make a firm plan. We are kidnapping our moms and my dad. We tell them earlier this week. “No plans for Sunday. I am driving. Don’t complain. Just get in the car.”
I brought my camera, and I asked dad to make prints of the old pictures for reference…. and along the way we created some new fun memories and some new photos too.
A group photo, thanks to the kindness of a random stranger named Paul, who was volunteered by his family as someone who knew about photography (many people are intimidated when you try to hand them a digital SLR- even when you assure them that you’ve set it on AUTO everything and they just have to look at the LCD and point and hit the button)
the awesome daughters (above) and our amazing moms (below)… can you see the family resemblance?
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I’ve been dreaming in lens flare lately… perhaps it’s the season- enjoying long red sunsets lounging on a porch drinking wine with a loved one… those moments SHOULD be lit by some sentimental backlight and a hint of flare…. and perhaps a summer wedding- a kiss on the eve of new beginnings. The sun rays […]
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My full time job is not as a photographer. I support people with disabilities. I have an office- two offices actually… and today I decided was take my camera to work day. I have a lovely view from my 2nd story window- overlooking a field where birds routinely come to play… this is what I […]
This photo just BEGS for a caption…..her expression is just so….intense. Any suggestions?
Luckily, the mom of this busy little girl was pretty relaxed about the whole photo process because we were NOT getting alot of cooperation with posing or doing the things we wanted- she was NOT going to stay still …SO… I decided to just go with it, and get the spontaneous shots that happened in the midst of her action. I personally think it worked out better in the end!
My only strategy was to ask mom to try to keep her in the good light. The more experience I get, when I’m prepared with my equipment, and I know what I want from my lighting, and then I relax and click… that’s when magic happens. I got lots of great shots this day- and it didn’t hurt that my model was so adorable!
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Photography can be one of the most fun jobs in all the world- especially when I get to meet such adorable tiny people- so new to the world and so perfectly wonderful.