Is it Procrastination or Just Good Planning ? Dan Busler Photography – Video

I’ve been planning to write this post on procrastination for some time now, but I kept putting it off. But something always caught my attention on my way to write it and I just ended up doing that other thing instead. 

I was born in mid-March, smack dab between the Ides of March and St Patrick’s Day, so I am a Pisces. They (meaning Google) say that I’m a dreamer … (but I’m not the only one),  easily distracted, live in a fantasy land, I’m totally scattered,  and I won’t face reality. Many who know me are nodding “yes” as they read this. My family loves me for who I am .. well, I think that they do anyway. And my fellow  Pisces are agreeing .. “yea, that’s me”.

Does this make us procrastinators?   Well we certainly appear that way. Maybe we’re just good planners … always sitting and thinking ( aka “daydreaming”) .. looking at it from all angles, weighing the options, summing up our findings and preparing to move forward with the best course of action ….

OK, yea, we’re procrastinators.

So this brings me to the Procrastinator Fix … lists .  If I don’t have a list, nothing gets done.  And I don’t mean a “to do list” , that’s for normal people , this has got to be a running list of all the things that I see that need to be done.

Here’s how it works – each morning  you’d write down what you want to get done that  day, number them in order of importance and then you can get out of bed. ( this is the normal part .. like a normal person would do).  Then as the Pisces mind starts to run you see a million other things that you see that have to do right that second.

Well, unless it’s pick up a sock and put it in the hamper, put all these random tasks  you’ve just thought up on the list and start as you had planned on the most important task .. the one that you marked as number one .. before you got out of bed.  Sure you can re-number your tasks to include these new tasks, but don’t just do them as you think of them. … Because you might just be .. Procrastinating. Or attention .. challenged. It’s probably a little of both.

I plan on taking my own advice, one day, if I could only stop putting it off.

Dan Busler is a professional photographer specializing on portrait, performance and event photography and camera basics instructor with studios located south of Boston in Walpole MA. Examples of his work can be seen at http://www.danbuslerphotography.com

 

Dan Busler is a professional portrait, performance and event photographer with studios located south of Boston in Walpole MA. You can see more of his work at http://www.danbuslerphotography.com

What story do your pictures tell?

Every vacation, school concert, awards ceremony , religious  event or family get together … we take pictures. Sometimes they’re funny or blurry or maybe they’re incredibly solemn. But everyone of them may one day be priceless.

The subject of these pictures are of course … the people in them. Actually it might be your cat or car or cow .. but they’re the subjects of the picture.

One way to improve these images is to include the environment. You’re at the fair, show the ferris wheel in the background, at the Grand Canyon or in Paris step back / zoom out  and show the place. It adds to the story that your pictures tell. You were there, you experienced it and you captured a picture of how cool it was.

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The engagement session – after the proposal

But then there are times when you can add some interest or value by including a sign or something that helps explain the picture.

Your spouse or child is speaking or performing  at an event – show the crowd, signage, the massive room. If we only get that close up shot we soon forget how epic the night was.

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And then there’s theater – the sets, the signage, the costumes and the performance.

Zooming out allows us to see complimentary staging and props that add to the picture of the actor(s).

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Of course we all zoom in for that portrait, but there is more to the picture that you may also want to capture.

Dan Busler is a professional portrait, performance and event photographer with studios located south of Boston in Walpole MA. You can see more of his work at http://www.danbuslerphotography.com

That’s Just Poppycock – The Tradition

A few times a year I write about my life and not one of my client’s photo sessions. Today’s one of those times. 

It’s the day after Christmas 2014 and to honest, I’m very nostalgic … you might be too as you read this. As much as I (we, you) may try to suppress  the past it comes rushing back during holidays. 

Parents and Grandparents who are no longer with us, children who have grown and are now on their own, friends who we’ve lost touch with. 

For me, one of the best memories of Christmas past was the box of Queen Anne Artificially Flavored Cordial Cherries that I carefully wrapped and proudly handed to my Step-Father each Christmas morning until the last year of his life. 


Christmas music would be playing on the stereo, the smell of coffee and sticky buns and the sound of ripping wrapping paper filled the air. 

The last or nearly the last present was mine for him.  It was under the tree but I wanted to give it to him. He’d take the box, this box which was the exact size and made the same sound when he shook it each year and he carefully open it … and smile this huge smile and look up at me and say how much he loved them. 

By this point in the year we were all so jacked up on sugar from the cookies and cakes and soda that he wouldn’t touch those cherries for about a week. But one night as we watched a TV show together he would open them and we’d each have one. Those things were so sweet that I just wondered why he liked them so much.

This brings us to today .. well actually a tradition which started about 10 years ago and the Poppycock

Poppycock is an wonderful mix of popcorn and nuts and it is so sweet … it is also the gift that I get each Christmas. Some years my Daughter gives it to me and others my Son does it. 

I realized this year, that it’s the tradition that matters more than the product. It keeps us grounded and in the moment .. that moment when it was yesterday.

I wonder how many of you share in this tradition ? I know that it sounds trite. 

But I also know that I am so looking forward to next Christmas and that same sized package that makes that same sound when I shake it. 

Norwood Musical Group Photography by Walpole Family Photographer, Dan Busler {Rancho de Norwood}

Rancho De Norwood is a group of Portuguese musicians and dancers who carry on the traditions of their ancestors. 

The group ranges from very young to older folks. 

I was so stoked to have the opportunity to photograph the group We met at the famous “stone structure” at Bird Park in Walpole MA. 


The mood was festive and fun.  What you don’t see is the absolute party that was happening behind me as I photographed each group. There was music and dancing and laughing !



I was also impressed at how well the children behaved. Each time a group was called they came right up. 




Even the musicians behaved themselves … even though they do like they are a mischievous bunch .. HA!  

Give me a call for more information on my work 781-352-4863

You can see lots of my work here http://www.danbuslerphotography.com

Walpole Theatrical Performance Photography by Walpole Theatrical Photographer, Dan Busler {Boeing Boeing Walpole Footlighters}

I think that “madcap” is a good word to explain the Walpole Footlighters production of Boeing Boeing, a play about a guy and another guy who comes to visit him in Paris, and the three stewardess’ who are all engaged to the one guy and a maid who tries to coordinate it all … and   …. it’s a crazy mixed up comedy 

The audience had a ball as the story unfolded and took flight . 

I on the other hand got to photograph it … and that was tough because I was laughing …! 



Foxborough Family Event Photography by Walpole MA Family Event Photographer, Dan Busler { Hyland Family Scholarship }

We all remember our loved ones and the people who have had an effect on our lives in different ways. 

For Dana Hyland who lost her Parents and Brother she joined with others in the community to honor their memory with a scholarship. 

  


The first annual Hyland Family Scholarship Dinner and Dance (and wicked good party) was held on November 28, 2014 at the Lafayette House in Foxborough MA. 

The scholarship will be awarded to a Foxborough High School senior who embodies the value of community service that the Hyland family embraced and demonstrated. It is given to honor the memory of George and Barbara Hyland and their Son Kevin. There were many moments of remembrance during the evening of who they were and what they meant to everyone who attended and many moments of celebration of their lives as well.


Creating something which will allow the memory of our loved ones to live on is important. It might be placing a plaque on a statue, naming a street after them, writing a book about their life or a photo album.



In this case, many years from now a deserving Foxborough High School senior will have the opportunity to receive this scholarship and get to know the Hyland Family … who they were and what they dedicated their lives to … and how important they were to others. And so their memories will live on. 

Of course, this was a celebration …. so they did do some serious partying!

  



Boston Pumpkin Patch Family Photography by Walpole Family Photographer, Dan Busler {Epiphany Pumpkin Patch}

Family Values, Slow down and enjoy life, The Simple things … the pumpkin patch 

Epiphany Parish; The church across the street from my studio in Walpole MA holds a pumpkin sale each year in October. They get thousands of pumpkins from a Navajo reservation in New Mexico. And most of the monies raised goes directly back to the farmers . 

I saw this as an opportunity to help and get some excitement going at the event by photographing the families who came out to support the great cause.



The mood was festive and the families had a great time posing with their kids and grand kids at the haystack background we built.  

I’m already looking forward to next year … bring on those pumpkins !  

Norwood Theatrical Photography by Walpole Theatrical Performance Photographer, Dan Busler {She Kills Monsters}

“She Kills Monsters” written by Qui Nguyen 

… you go into this play without a notion of the subject matter and come out with a better understanding of the teenage mind. We all struggle with the things that affect us. Here in this “dramatic comedy” we get to see the struggles and the fight to control them come alive. Even if most of the characters are no longer alive. 

Well, that’s what I got out of it.  Along with some very dynamic and moving pictures of this fine cast at Norwood High School in Norwood MA – November 2014



Boston Religious Event Photography by Walpole Event Photographer, Dan Busler {St Ann Neponset}

Confirmation is a sacrament in the Catholic church when the teens are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and are strengthened in their Christian life. 

It is a milestone in their lives as young adults. 

They have a sponsor; who is typically a Parent or sibling. But it can also be someone who had an effect on their lives.  


So I’ve seen everything from a religious leader to a police officer who helped then when they strayed into a possible life in crime.


St Ann Parish Neponset in Dorchester MA was the site of a recent Confirmation celebration that I photographed. I love photographing any religious event. It is calming and family focused. 

The values that are most important in life and the ones that we too often take for granted.


Please contact me for more information on my photographic services 781-352-4863

You can see lots of my work at http://www.danbuslerphotography.com 

Boston Senior Portrait Photography by Walpole Senior Photographer, Dan Busler {Bella Aspinwall}

Bella is a multi-talented high school senior dynamo. 

I first met Bella through my musician side when I was in the band for one of her performances. (She’s a guitarist and violinist). 

When it was time to schedule her senior session we had to work around her sports schedule (She’s a champion swimmer).

To this list we now add … wicked good model.  Which is partly posing, but mostly a great attitude! 

When the day came for her session it just rocked. 

I had asked her friend Joey to come by for a few shots and together…well, it was excellent.