What happens when a group of professional photographers get together to share some food, conversation and sparklers ?
Well, lots of laughing and a bit of photography!
I’ve been honored to photograph a number of First Communion celebrations and each is a look at a special day when children realize their religion is tangible.
Oh, I don’t mean that suddenly they are totally enlightened and want to become clergy … HA! No, I see it in their eyes – they “get it” – their religion is all their’s to believe.
The First Communion celebration at St Catherine of Siena in Norwood MA is spread over four days because they have so many children in the class. It was a massive event! and I loved being there.
First Communion Day is filled with kids … kids just being “kids” – laughing and dancing and fooling around.
But the transformation we see as they enter the church into children experiencing a milestone in their lives is amazing.
A Christmas Pageant has the ability to bring us back to reality. Once again we see the simple joys of family, friends and childhood. The pageant is after all just a slice of time – it must be cherished and held in our hearts – so that when we need to remember what’s most important to us it will be there.
Here are some images from the 2012 Christmas Pageant at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Norwood MA
Here is a short video from the day … OK, it’s about 4 minutes long
I had the honor to once again photograph the Confirmation celebration for St Ann Parish – Neponset in Dorchester MA.
For me, I enjoy this event because I get to see all the young people as they prepare to join the church as adults. Some will become very involved in the church life and others may take a break from attending.
But all will know that they have achieved another milestone in their lives.
There are songs and stories and sonnets about why we do things in life – what drives us.
To be candid, compliments are rarely the reason. I think that teachers will tell you that seeing a former student become successful is a huge reward and it validates the passion they have for teaching.
For me – photography is my passion. I know that I shoot more looks than the seniors expect because I want to capture who they are and what they will become. – Confident, strong, flirty and funny.
Senior sessions capture a milestone in one’s life. Too often Parents and their Seniors see it as just another portrait session – when in reality it is a celebration of the journeys they have been on and the one they are still living.
In the blink of an eye, these Seniors will have children of their own and their lives will be dedicated to guiding their journeys. They will look back at this time – [senior year, dating, school work, school activities, graduation, leaving for college, etc] – and try to remember.
It’s a blur for them right now and the images from their senior session look just like “pictures” that were taken on that day – but one day, when things slow down a bit …. maybe they’ll be on the train, commuting to work or watching their child sleep in their crib and the images will be like gold.