I had a fantastic time on an engagement shoot, last week. It was quite different. Beth and Rich had just booked me days earlier for their April 2015 wedding and were eager to do their engagement shoot. I learned that they had just moved to Boston from Philadelphia this summer. I enjoy playing Boston tour guide almost as much as I enjoy taking pictures, so I suggested we combine the two activities. They mentioned they wanted to see old Boston….the architecture, cobblestones, wrought iron, arches, history, etc. We spent most of our time around Beacon Hill….the oldest part of the city. It was exactly what they were looking to see.
I had a great time at a different sort of shoot, this weekend! The Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, here in Waltham, had a VIP Opening Reception for their new exhibit ‘Yolanda: Innovative Fashion Icon’. Yolanda, a Boston-area fashion designer and community leader, is also known for her philanthropic works over the past 40 years. Her designs are truly eye-popping. Lady Gaga would be envious!
Even a quick stroll through Boston’s Public Garden can provide some nice images. Recently, I finished with another shoot and walked through the park to get to my car. Along the way, I captured images of little ones dazzled by the creation of balloon sculptures, adults mesmerized by floral designs and children entertained by statues. The Make Way For Ducklings statues were erected in 1987 as a tribute to the widely popular and highly acclaimed children’s book by that name written by Robert McClosky in 1941. It’s the story of two ducks, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard, who fly over Boston looking for a place to raise a family. They, eventually, settle on the island in the middle of the lagoon at the Public Garden. On Ducklings Parade Day, children and their parents dress as ducklings and march to the garden along part of the route depicted in the story. On certain holidays, or when the local professional sports teams are in the playoffs, the ducklings are dressed in appropriate attire. It’s said that the statues never need to be professionally polished because children so often sit on Mrs. Mallard, Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Oack, Pack and, of course, Quack!