Bethany Merlin – 2013 Senior Medfield High School

I’ve been looking forward to posting some of the images from Bethany’s session since we shot them. 


We got such a mix of looks and the time flew by.  Which keeps the energy level high and the smiles fresh. 

 I do love it when I can grab a pair of sunglasses out and the image just pops!  I think that blue is Bethany’s color.

 She really is a classic.

Seniors Rock! and We Love Them

Shooting senior high portraits is totally a labor of love for me. This is such an incredible time in the life of both the senior and their families.

Think about it … for the senior it’s a mix of terror – anticipation – happiness – fear – fear …

And for the parents … happiness – pride – sadness – sadness … fear … fear

I know I repeat my self .. HA!

For me – it is a time to capture this awesome time in their lives when they are teenagers on the verge of being adults. There is so much magic in their eyes and I just love it.

It’s All About the Music … Man! Norwood High School – Dan Busler

Yes,  it’s all about a sleepy little town, a con man, some groovy musical numbers and Shipoopi  … lots and lots of Shipoopi  when Norwood High School in Norwood, MA presents … or “presented”  The Music Man!

And of course there are people making faces, dancing around like fools, dancing the “Shipoopi” and in the end the musician gets the girl …. which is the way it should be.

Today,  when you’re walking down the street or standing in the elevator or in a business meeting with your boss … Stand UP and yell “SHIPOOPI”  and then sit down.  You’ll either get fired or get a vacation.

The show opens ( or did open ) on September 16, 2011.  Wicked talented actors – here’s a fusion video from the rehearsals.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Norwood High School – Dan Busler

Norwood High School – Norwood MA presents that crazy Shakespeare classic – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – it’s all about a man and an ass … or a man that becomes an ass (hey !  Cut – it – out! all those Ladies out there who just said …”Men don’t have to “become” an ass … they already are”  !  )  … well there’s a bit of “horsing around” … it’s very classic

 I guess that we’ve all seen this show. It’s neat to see it staged by a high school that wants to do it right.

 But they also want to fun with it

 Lots of fun

Here’s a video look at the show

Cara Stanley – with the Family

I look for natural smiles when I shoot portraits …
I wait for them. With Cara I didn’t have to wait

Cause every shot was almost perfect and I don’t think that she was posing .

So I asked her to give me a serious smile … but her eyes just kept smiling

Cara with her Dad – Fintan Stanley at his home on Cape Cod

And two beautiful ladies – Cara with her Mother at sunset

It was a great day to shoot this beautiful family

Beauty and the Beast – Coakley Middle School – Norwood MA – Dan Busler

You wonder sometimes … how good will a Middle School (aka “Junior High”) production of a challenging musical such as Beauty and the Beast … which is funny, sad, exciting, romantic etc be?

Well, it was wonderful, … so musical, exciting, thoughtful and tender. The best acting (I believe) comes from the heart.
Click on the link below to see a video/ slideshow of the production

MIT Resonance – a Cappella

Everyone knows that MIT is a “buttoned down” think tank for nerds … right? Well I beg to differ with that notion. The MIT Resonance a Capella group proves it… the kids from MIT can sing and dance ! Here’s a look at the group when they performed as one of the featured performers at Norwood High School’s A Capella Night.

MIT Resonance – a Cappella

Ursuline Academy Fashion Show 2010

Ursuline Academy in Dedham MA – Images from their 2010 Fashion Show – The girls invited the boys from area schools to escort them and the boys were happy to show up! Shot by Dan Busler Photography – Walpole – Norwood MA

Ursuline Academy Fashion Show 2010

Controlled Chaos – The American Family

I love to take portraits, the eyes, the smiles and the images.

But what I like best is capturing the images of the person or family that really lets us see their lifestyle. Let’s face it, it’s tough to keep three kids still for a portrait.
And this is one of my favorites, It comes from a family shoot I did the day after Christmas 2006. The American family is real, it’s fun and it’s loving. It’s not a perfect pose. It’s perfect.
I just hope that I can capture this type of pose at every shoot, this un-posed slice of real life.

Girlfriends – A Quiet Moment

I shoot a lot of theatrical performances and sometimes my favorite shots come from the rehearsals. It’s a lot of long days to put together a show.

The stage isn’t set, there are no costumes and the actors deep in the process of preparation.

Downtime between your turn to rehearse can be hours. And during those times I see the best images.

Here’s another image from my Girlfriends series and it will always be one of my personal favorites.