Yesterday, I spent the day setting up and photographing a solid line of refugee kids with Santa. I was asked by my friend Marley who’s involved with a charity called Care Cuts. My good friend and fellow photographer, Cory Waite came to help me, and over the course of a few hours, Cory and I photographed a ton of kids and families.
Here’s a quick light test of the gear and setup before photographing all the kids – Marley, Cory, and me with Santa.
A lot of kids were photographed as families or groups, like this. I especially liked this little boy and his bowtie.
This was a great Santa. He was a lot of fun and did a great job. At one point when we took a break and Santa got up, I quickly sat in his chair with my remote. We got a couple funny shots when he came back to sit next to me.
The charity is called Care Cuts because they give free haircuts at specific pop-up events like these. So besides these Santa photos, people could also get free haircuts. The place was packed all day.
Here are some of the main people from the Charity.
I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas. And until next time, America.
Earlier this week my little nephew had a Christmas party in his kindergarten class. My sister was in charge of it and arranged for her husband to be dressed as Santa, and to show up during the games to read a story. She also arranged for me to be there with a full photo studio set up in the hallway, so we could do individual portraits of each child with Santa.
I created a custom layout of golden snowflakes along with the teacher’s name and year at the bottom, and we got some beautiful prints made up to present to each child the next day. It was a total hit. It was a fun way to donate some time and talent to make some kids happy.
During the party, the teacher would bring one child at a time into the hallway. Then they would each have a small but endearing conversation with Santa and then get their portrait done. In fact, kids from other classes got word that Santa was in the building, and many little faces continued to peak out from classrooms all down the hallway.
For privacy reasons, I can’t post the pictures of the cute little faces I photographed, but they were each adorable and the images turned out great.
So being Christmas Eve, I will share this one image I did of just my sister and her husband before I packed up all my gear.
Merry Christmas, everyone. I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing holiday. And I hope you all can spend time with family and loved ones.
And until next time, America.