Christmas 2010 – Take the time to Smile – Dan Busler

For me – I feel that there is no holiday more tied to “family” than Christmas.  I know it’s a religious holiday – and the one that my family celebrates - so for you it might be another holiday that means “family”. But for me … it’s Christmas.
Christmas is the one time of the year when people give themselves “a hall pass” … a waiver … to stop the rat race and look at the lights on the tree. Listen to to holiday music and take the time to smile at each other.
Since my children are now grown and have fantastic careers I now put up a fake Christmas tree. It’s kind of thin and crooked .  But it holds a lifetime of memories of early Christmas morning … wrapping paper flying in the air as presents are opened, screams of joy as the kids get the present they asked for and hugs.  It is a good day.  
I am writing this as the spring season is just around the corner (it had better be!) . it’s kind of sad for me to look at these images and know that the little tree and ornaments are packed away until next year. And I’m afraid so is the “hall pass” to stop and smile.

Happy Birthday Christine – 2011

February 17, 2011 is my Daughter Christine’s Birthday

So I’m taking the liberty to post my video tribute to my Fav Girl, my little Sk8rGurl

Christine’s an ice hockey player, actress, redhead , comedian, “copper top” , friend, life saver, photographer, … Daughter

The video is just a glimpse.

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GirlFriends 2005

It was the summer of 2005. My Daughter and her three girlfriends had recently graduated from high school and were off to four different colleges.

My Daughter asked me to photograph the girls and I knew that it would be an opportunity never to come again. I could see that this was a slice of time captured and that no one could predict their futures.

It’s now almost four years later and the girls will be graduating from college this year. I’d love to take this picture of them now, but that won’t happen.

People lose touch. Horizons call us and we follow.

This is why I am a photographer. I want to remind people.

GirlFriends – An Incredible Bond

Girlfriends have a bond that we men will never get to experience.

I had the opportunity snap a few images of Sk8rGurl and her soon-to-be college roommate about a year ago. These all happened in a matter of seconds, but the feeling I get when I see them is incredible.

There is a certain truth that a photograph captures. It lets us all catch up and experience the moments we might otherwise have missed. And that my friend would have been a real shame.

Sk8rGurl – The Name

People have asked me where I came up with the name “Sk8rGurl” for my Daughter … so I thought I’d tell you … or actually show you

About four years ago, I got a new camera and as with any new gear I get, I called on my fav model. So out to the driveway we went to capture a few images. And a new nick name was born when I saw the shirt she was wearing.

By the way, I don’t actually call my Daughter “Sk8rGurl”. That even makes it stranger that I use it in all my posts. But Sk8rGurl rules! all the same.

Girls Ice Hockey

In addition to being a wonderful actress, Sk8rGurl, my fav model is an ice hockey player. I guess that’s a funny mix until you realize how much both mean to her

These images were taken back in 2004. The action is a bit less rough than boy’s ice hockey, where inflicting pain is a part of the game.


I loved every minute in those ice cold rinks because my favorite girl was on the ice.

Sk8rGurl – Against the Wall

I wanted to add a new look to my portraits and collages so I made a call to my fav model – Sk8rGurl, my Daughter for some poses that would look good with a grungier border.

We set out to the street of Brighton MA and found some great spots.

We also did some standard head shots as well, cause you never know when you’ll be standing at a bus stop and a big hollywood movie producer might ask you for a current photo. ! no, really.

You need to call me, you need some new headshots too.