Lifestyle Photography, Show the Love and Keep those Memories Safe

“A Day in the Life” photo session is just that. From the time you get up until you go to bed, your day is filled with life.

And as normal and regular you might think it is, there’s a heck of a lot going on. Then you add other people ( spouse, kids, friends, co-workers) and the stuff you do ( hang out, play, talk, laugh, cry, yell, play in the pool, read the paper … get interrupted, eat, feed the cat, take a walk, look at some flowers and show them to your kids, pick those flowers to bring home to your spouse, see their reaction, get a hug and kiss … you see where this is going, your life is awesome!)

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OK, so now you’ve got all these epic “day in the life” pictures of your awesome life what are you going to do with them?

First, realize how nice these captured memories of this epic day will be to look at in a month. Then realize how great they will be to look at in a year and how precious they will be in 10 years ,,, and 30 years when your kids are Grandparents and in 60 years when you are gone. They are no longer nice, or normal or just snapshots, they are so precious that the album they’re in is put carefully in a special box.

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I offer “day in the life” sessions and they are truly heartwarming and real and full of all the borning moments that will one day be precious memories.

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Dan Busler is a full service Boston-based professional Portrait, Live Performance and Event photographer with studios located in the historic Hogie Bear Building – East Walpole MA 02032 By the Artist, for the Artist. 781-352-4863 http://www.danbuslerphotography.com

Family Portrait Sessions Can Be Formal and Full of Love … if you’re willing to let them be

When I’m preparing to photograph a family’s portrait I ask them two things “where will the prints be hung?” and “what do you want the photo to say about your family?”.

The first question is easy to answer “It will be hung in our formal sitting room, over our vintage baby grand, illuminated by color corrected museum lighting”,  or “We’re going to hang it in the family room, right above the pool table beside our other photos of the family”.

The second question is even easier to answer “We want the photo to capture the love and respect that we have for each other … but I’m not sure that I can get the family to show it”

Well, that’s two very different scenarios and will result in two very different poses and backgrounds.   And both can be epic.  If I can get everyone to let their guard down.

Personality, the true family dynamic, the bond that comes from relying on each other through thick and thin, good grades and bad, good haircuts and bad is hard to capture early on in the session.

This image is my favorite from the session with this beautiful family. It’s classic, timeless and worthy of being passed down for generations.

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But it wasn’t until they all changed into black T-shirts toward the end of our session did I see them relax. They became so comfortable because they weren’t posing as much as they were a family just being family.

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Now, remember, I said that the more formal image was my favorite. I’m guessing that it will also be the family’s favorite. Because there are two kinds of “timeless”. Images that capture family as art and images that capture family as “family”.

Images for the formal areas that show how beautiful the family really is and images for the family to look at and remember how much their love for each other is.

Epic images, all of them.

 

Dan Busler is a full service Boston-based professional Portrait, Live Performance and Event photographer with studios located in the historic Hogie Bear Building – East Walpole MA 02032 By the Artist, for the Artist. 781-352-4863 http://www.danbuslerphotography.com

The Annual Holiday Family Photo with a new twist

As a professional photographer there are certain times of the year;  the holiday season being one of them.

It really is that most wonderful time of the year when we bring everyone together to share the love and friendship of the holiday season and take the annual Family Portrait.

This year we see a new trend; the Family (selfie) portrait. Now everybody say CHEESE ! You guys look Fabulous !

Het, if they won’t look at me, I’ll still get the shot. HA!

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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

Adams Farm – Walpole MA – Dan Busler Photography -Video

Adams Farm is a well known area in my town just south of Boston MA where families, kids and (leashed) dogs can run,  play, hike, cross country ski and explore. It’s full of wide open fields and well laid out paths through beautiful woods.

Here’s an overview from the Adams Farm website:

“The Adams Farm property includes approximately 365 acres of town-owned land, additional acreage held in adjacent land conservation trusts, and land owned by the New England Forestry Foundation and the Norfolk County Agricultural School, for a total of over 700 acres open to the public for low-impact recreation”

There is a butterfly garden with a special section along the back fence devoted to milkweed to provide a habitat for monarch butterflies. Although I was there in March 2016 .. so everything was kind of brown 

But soon the grass will sprout and the birds will be singing and the butterflies will be .. doing what they do.

If you want a peaceful place – this is it.

 

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Families walk the fields and paths at Adams Farm

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The paths into the woods are clearly marked and so peaceful

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The bench at the far side of the field

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The plaque on the bench

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The view from the bench

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The signs are right to the point – if the dog poops .. you have to clean it up ! HA!

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 Family Portrait Photography by Walpole Family Portrait Photographer, Dan Busler {Gillis Family at the Studio}

It’s so nice to see families come together for a portrait session. Especially when it’s multiple families and the purpose is to create a gift for their Parent’s anniversary.

We all met at my studio on a fine Summer day with the beautiful pond as a backdrop. 

These families love being together, so it was actually hard to tell which kids went with which adults !  



And in the end, that made this session very special.