Martin’s Photo Taught Me to Slow Down

 

Each May I photograph portraits of about 300 children on their First Communion Day. And each child’s picture is so important and even though I try, I often don’t get a chance to speak more than just a few words with each kid .

This is a photo of one of the 100+ goofy – loud – laughing kids that I photographed at St Ann Parish in Dorchester in May 2012.

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Martin Richard – May 2012

This is Martin Richard. Martin died in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. And until the day he died, this was probably just a nice photo of him that hung on the wall of the Richard’s home.

A few days after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing I received a call from a TV station to ask if they could use the slideshow that i created from the 2012 St Ann Parish first communion pictures. I was honored and perplexed … why did they want the video?  And they they told me that I had photographed Martin.

A feeling of sadness … then anger came over me as I realized that in haste to “keep it moving” that day that I didn’t get to know Martin or any of the kids .

That May when I went to St Ann to photograph First Communion pictures, I spoke with Father Sean ( who was with the Richard family during their time of grief) and told him that I wanted to spend a few extra moments speaking with each child as I photographed them. Father Sean smiled, put his hand on my shoulder and said that would be just fine.

We all heal in different ways I guess. I’m not sure that the kids liked the extra conversation, but I did.

The moments of our lives pass so quickly, they soon blur and fade away.

But a photograph waits patiently for us until we need it – to comfort us, make us laugh and to help us remember.

I smile now when I look at this picture of Martin. How lucky I was to have met him.

 

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

A First Communion Celebration – St Ann Neponset Dorchester MA – May 3, 2014

Each year, I have the opportunity to see angels, little angels dressed in white – one minute they’re giggling and running and being little kids and the next they are walking into the church, their hands folded, singing a song as they walk to their seats.

It’s First Communion Day – it’s their First Communion Day and it’s exciting for them and a magical milestone for their Parents, family and friends. 

I’ve photographed the First Communion celebration at St Ann Parish – Neponset in Dorchester MA for a few years now. And I am amazed, humbled, calmed, happy, fulfilled, by the whole experience. 

Here is a look at the day.


Norwood First Communion Photography by Walpole Portrait Photographer, Dan Busler, St Catherine of Siena

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. 

Boston First Communion Photography by Walpole First Communion Photographer, Dan Busler

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.

 
 
 

Norwood First Communion Photography by Walpole First Communion Photographer, Dan Busler

There is so much anticipation mixed with wonder and laughter for the children as they prepare for their First Communion. 
It is such a joy for me to capture this milestone in their lives.