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Thursday
Jan022014

Boston: The Nutcracker 2013: A Backstage Look, Part II

Intermission to the audience is a chance to stretch, to walk about the beautiful Opera House theater for a snack or drink, or to run to the restroom.

On the other side of the curtain, intermission is a smoothly managed production of switching from one act to the next.

It means sweeping up all the "snow" from the Waltz of the Snowflakes, lowering the giant chandelier props from the rafters, rotating the stage lighting so that leftover snow falls off.

It means stretches and warmups for the dancers, and setting up the dry ice machines for what's coming up next....

When the curtain rises again, everyone is ready...

More to come!

Tuesday
Dec312013

Boston: The Nutcracker 2013: A Backstage Look, Part I

I was beyond excited and honored to photograph a live production of the Boston Ballet's Nutcracker from the wings and backstage this season. It was a dream come true! If you remember, last season, I was invited for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the costumes, which was a delight in itself.

This season, to be able to see such incredible artistry up close was just magical. I'm amazed by how professional, disciplined and organized the Boston Ballet production is backstage!

With the "Waltz of the Snowflakes" even I was covered from head to toe with "snow" as I photographed from the wings, making the dream a reality. The amazing dancers were literally within arm's length

It's truly been an amazing year of photoshoots in Boston!

Here's to a Happy 2014!

Press play and join me for an inside look at the Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker...

More to come!

Thursday
Dec122013

Savannah: Squares and Surroundings

There are twenty-two squares in the city of Savannah. The layout of these squares began with just four squares in 1733, expanding as a grid in the city with each being named in honor of a historic figure or event.

One of the more popular Squares is Chippewa Square, known for being the location of the famed park bench from the film Forrest Gump and the First Baptist Church also filmed in the movie (true story: the bench in the movie was just a prop, and is now at Savannah's Visitors Center).

And let's talk about how gorgeous the architecure surrounding the squares is....

Magnificent mansions, wrought-iron gates, ivy and moss covered walls (and stairs!)...the greenery, Spanish moss and live oaks are endless...add to that the clomp of horse-drawn carriage tours? It's like being on a movie set...

E.Shaver Books, recommended to me by Jamie, and where I ended up buying this book!

Wednesday
Dec112013

Savannah: Wormsloe Plantation

Definitely at the top of my list of places to visit in Savannah was the Wormsloe Plantation. That visual of the famous Forrest Gump road lined with live oak trees and hanging Spanish moss was forever emprinted on my mind and on a drizzly morning it looked exactly how I imagined....

The drive (I wanted to walk) down the live oak road is about 1.5 miles, with nothing but Spanish moss above and gravel beneath and it's completely magicial.

Once at the end of the road, there's a small museum with artifacts that were unearthed at the plantation. Then it's a short walk to the tabby (material used to build the structure) ruins...There are a few nature trails and look-out points along the way, as well as a pile of "tabby" material, now worn down to the ground.

To imagine the plantation the way it once must have been...

Friday
Nov292013

Boston: State Street Headshots

 

Recently, I shot a three-day session of headshots at State Street in Boston, having previously shot this creative headshot session on location.

Headshots are a lot of fun and depending on how many people you're shooting, and sometimes you only get a few seconds to capture the moment and get to the natural smile.

There are a lot of great techniques out there for posing, and sometimes they work, other times it's like middle school portraits all over again, right?

So, to change it up, I try to surprise them, ask what they do, talk about their outfit, ask how tall they are, comment on how tall I'm not. That's when their shoulders relax, they exhale and give me their REAL smiles.

To me, a good head shot is all about the spark in their eyes and a true, genuine smile...

These are just a few of over 175 staff photographed at State Street, Boston, November 2013

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