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Monthly Archives: June 2013
Truth – it’s actually September 2013, and my kids are back in school, so I now have time to do a few things that I’ve let fall through the cracks. One fun one is to blog about the Jimmy Fund Benefit party Evan and I threw to celebrate BBP’s 10 year anniversary back in June. So I’m backdating this post to put it into my blogging timeline in approximately the right place. The party was a fundraiser – I hung the 100 photos from the 10th Anniversary Show in the back room at Steel & Rye (see more about how I hung the show itself and more detailed photos of the way it looked at this link). The show itself was designed to hang in the Milton Public Library (and it did, later in the summer, for the whole month of August), but I wanted to host a gallery opening to raise money for the Jimmy Fund, and Steel & Rye was a great place to do it. Tons and tons of friends and clients joined us, and we raised over $3,500 for the Jimmy Fund.
But here’s the thing – when you’re a photographer, and you daydream about doing that thing… that crowning jewel on the top of a decade of photography, and it involves getting tons of friends gathered in the same room… and it’s just so exciting and amazing and you can’t believe it’s happening… and you’re so excited about the show, the people, the venue, the food, the drinks, you know intellectually that you should document that event… you (at least I) totally don’t plan for it.
And that’s where wonderful friends come in. I reached out to an old friend from college, Elizabeth Horne (who takes gorgeous photos on the cape if you’re ever looking) just a few days before the event to see if maybe she could help me out by using my camera and snapping a few photos at the party, she did me one better. (I thought I could simplify her life by having her shoot on my camera, cut out the editing step for her…) But then she not only showed up with her own camera and proceeded to document the whole incredible party.
So here’s to friends. The ones who joined me for the party, and especially to Elizabeth. Thanks so much. The party was every dream come true.
Here’s a slideshow of about 40 photos from that evening:
People ask me this question ALL the time – and these guys are a great example of the difference. I met these three that really hot first weekend in June at the Boston Public Garden for a full photoshoot. Their parents were there, in the background, but they asked that we do pictures of just the kids. So this is a great example of a full, kids-only photoshoot in the same location where I normally do minis (see lots of examples of minishoots in the Public Garden at this link), so you can really get a sense of the differences.
For me, minishoots are 20 minutes, and full shoots are between 45 minutes and an hour. So obviously the difference is primarily time. But what does time equate to, in terms of my photography? There are a few ways to answer the question, but really it comes down to variety, spontaneity and flexibility. When we have the full 45-60 minutes to work with, we can do things like…
Get that good old fashioned great shot of all three looking in the same direction and smiling (of course)…
We can even wander around holding sticks:
So I guess what it comes down to is, by necessity my minishoots are spent working to get those standard shots parents like to have – the kids together, the kids alone, the kids with each parent… but with a full shoot we have time to be creative and just play. Not to knock minishoots – they’re perfect for what they are – but they’re less expensive than my full shoots for a reason.
Does that help explain the difference?
As you might know from hearing me mention it before, Boston Baby Photos has now been in existence for ten, count em, 10 years. As this anniversary has been coming up, I wondered what I could do to celebrate, and how I could give back in some way, to somehow thank the community of Boston families who’ve allowed me to do this all these years. I settled on the Jimmy Fund as my charity of choice, and began (back in March) planning the 10 Year Celebration.
Over time, it has become a celebration in three phases, and this past Sunday, at the gorgeous Steel & Rye restaurant in Milton, my husband Evan and I hosted the first phase. Before I get into describing it in detail, I’ll outline the three phases for you.
Phase 1: A Cocktail Party Benefit for The Jimmy Fund/Steel & Rye Gallery Show, Celebrating 10 Years of Boston Baby Photos. We hung 100 photos from the past decade in Steel & Rye’s private back room. We had fabulous hors d’oeuvres, wonderfully generous guests, and we raised $3,435 for the Jimmy Fund that night. Here’s the pretty invitation that helped raise all that moolah:
And after that comes…
Phase 2: The Facebook Contests: 10 Summer Contests to Celebrate 10 Years of Boston Baby Photos. The contests are launching this weekend – you’ll hear lots more from me about them on Facebook. Like the Boston Baby Photos Facebook page to keep in the loop on these — someone’s going to win a gift certificate for an in-home photoshoot plus the digital JPG files.
And then, last but not least, we have…
Phase 3: The Gallery Show, Celebrating 10 Years of Boston Baby Photos. I’ll explain this part in detail now because I realize it might be nice for this show to live on in other locations this year. It has one home – it will live in the Milton Public Library for August 6th – 29th. Here’s the poster about the Library Opening on August 6th – I hope you’ll join me:
OK, enough of that. Let’s get to the fun part — the pictures from Steel & Rye last weekend. So this blog post will just be to show pictures of Phase 1, the Steel & Rye Gallery Show, and this is just the first half of the photos – I’m only showing photos here from setup, so you can see what the show looked like as we hung it. I have some pictures of the event itself coming, but those will be posted another day.
So here’s the outside of Steel & Rye, our wonderful hosts for the evening. They opened in November 2012, and they’ve been buzzing ever since. Fantastic food, wonderful open space – you must try it if you haven’t already.
And then the bottom one says “And here’s my first real client, the now 10 year old Nate. My friend and co-worker Alanna welcomed me into her home on May 25, 2003, for my first professional photoshoot of her little five week old Nate. This photo of Nate was featured in Plum Magazine’s photo essay The Birth of a Mother the following year. To all my friends who’ve become clients and clients who’ve become friends over the last decade, I really, truly thank you.”
We’re getting there, guys – almost done with the Public Garden minishoots from this spring. Just three more to edit next week. But for now I have this stylish mama and her family (my clients all inspire me so much, style-wise… and this mama always gets me and makes me need to shop. It’s fantastic for my personal style, but painful for the wallet…)
Great to see you guys, as always!
I had such a great time playing in the Public Garden with these guys. Every time they book a shoot I’m just thrilled because it means I get to hang out with them. They are just wonderfully fun. They had the 1pm shoot on my 5/18 minishoot day, and they came ready to jump around and play. And they did :)
He was born 6 weeks early, but as his mama put it: in these last nine months he’s been making up for lost time! He loves his yummy soft foods (how perfect are those light eyes caught by the light coming in the window?) And the one where his parents are blowing in his face to get him to laugh? I love his expression :) I think the one where his mama is kissing his cheek might be my favorite, though.
What a fun photoshoot – thanks so much for inviting me out!