I’ve never done a ‘best of’ or ‘end of the year’ post. This is actually the first time I’ve gone back through my personal images from the previous year to collectively see what I shot. I found some images I had forgotten about and I’m glad I re-discovered them. In doing so I realized that I need to do more personal projects and shoot more than just people. Some of my favorite photos weren’t of people. I love the flood of memories and emotions and it reminds me why I love photography.
My daughter attends 3 yr. old pre-school at Creative Adventures in North Huntingdon and today was their Easter party and music show! Various parents sign up to volunteer for the different holiday parties throughout the year and my wife chose Easter. Earlier in the week my mom, wife and daughter prepared for the day by making gift baskets and cupcakes to share with the other kids. I got to help also by ‘hiding’ the Easter eggs Mrs. Byers made in the playground. The children started the day as they usually do by saying hello to all their friends and drawing a picture. Their teacher, Mrs. Simmons really does a fantastic job of keeping a bunch of 3 yr. old’s attentive and on task. It’s amazing. After coloring it was time to search for the Easter eggs! They dashed all over the playground and in less than ten minutes, nine 3-yr.-old’s gathered up about 120 eggs! After returning inside it was time for songs, games and delicious cupcakes! The children were then all ready for their big musical performance. The 3 yr. old class along with children from other sections of the pre-school gathered to sing and act out some classic Easter songs. The children loved every minute of the day and so did I. Everyone did a fantastic job and I’m so glad I got to see it all.
After a 5 year break, Drop Monday has returned. Formed by Lead singer Brandon Ploskina, Bassist Mark Condello, Drummer Buddy Dibernardo and lead guitarist Jason Stolarz, Drop Monday is an indie rock band with a bit of a twist. I was invited to shoot their come-back performance by Brandon (my brother-in-law) and couldn’t wait to do so. I’ve always wanted to shoot a live band and the fact that these guys are so good and so much fun made it an incredible experience. I hope to see you all again soon. You guys ROCK!
Both of my little girls are at such a great age right now! Christmas was magical for them this year. Before Christmas they went on the Polar Express to see Santa and his elves! They left food out for the reindeer on Christmas eve and when they woke on Christmas morning they saw Santa had eaten his cookies, drank most of his milk and, most importantly, brought them presents! They flew down the stairs and with Mom & Dad’s approval, began tearing into their gifts. After a flurry of paper and excited cheers all their gifts were opened. They played so nice together and had a wonderful day. I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday this year and I hope all of you are as blessed as I am. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Every year my family and I take a trip to the Monongahela area of PA to visit Triple B farms for their fall/Halloween decorations and to pick out our pumpkin to be carved and put out on our porch. My wife’s family did this when she was kid and we are carrying on the tradition with our girls. Triple B Farms is very kid oriented with lots of fun things to do that never fails to completely exhaust them. We always begin by petting and attempting to feed the goats, get a few pictures with the character face-cut-out boards and then head over to walk around all the scenes they have set up. Triple B actually creates tiny scenes from popular kids movies, shows and books using straw and pumpkins. The girls always get excited when they recognize one of their favorite characters. Then we head over to the tube slides and water pumps so they can race up and down the hills and use old fashioned water pumps to see who can get their duck across the tube first. By this time the girls are getting tired so we get them some food, take them on the hay ride to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin and pack it all up and head home. This year we didn’t think we would make it due to the bad weather we’ve been having, but Wednesday it stopped raining just long enough to keep the tradition alive.