Marie & Sheldon

Before the sun melted the morning fog, I got together with Marie and Sheldon at Riverview Farm in Plainfield, N.H., to do engagement portraits. They’re getting married over Labor Day weekend in Connecticut and wanted to send along a bit of rural New England to their invited guests. I was happy to oblige! Follow this link to see more (and to order prints and downloads) in the Galleries section of my web site.

Grand Slam

I recently spent the weekend with Team Film Flam to document their effort to compete in the annual Film Slam sponsored by the Cohase Chamber of Commerce in Bradford, Vt., as a photo story for the Valley News. Alan Haehnel, his daughter Omega Haehnel and her best friend Pearl MacLeod were amongst the six teams to write, shoot, edit and present a seven-minute film in 48 hours. Their result — Hearts Ajar — was not only clever and funny, but also won several awards. Totally impressive!

From top, with Peanut the family dog keeping watch, Alan Haehnel starts writing the script to be used by his team; As Pearl MacLeod shoots close-ups of Cecelia, played by Omega Haehnel, her mother Heidi Haehnel pokes her head into her bedroom in Hartford Village, Vt., to ask a question during the filming; Because a dead camera battery puts a halt to their shooting Heidi Haehnel makes calls to see if she can find a store that stocks a replacement as Alan Haehnel calls their son to see if one of his friends has the same battery. They resolved the problem by using a simpler camera Alan Haehnel borrowed from Hanover High School, where he works; In character as Pam, MacLeod cradles a jar of pickles while making the film HEARTS AJAR. As part of the competition, each of the six teams had to include a jar of pickles in their film; Pam reacts as her stepsister Cecelia throws Pam’s cherished jar of pickles; While Alan Haehnel is filming, Cecelia is hit with a pickle thrown by her stepsister Pam on the dock at the public beach on Lake Morey in Fairlee, Vt.; Omega Haehnel, left, and MacLeod work on editing their film first thing in the morning, with about 10 hours remaining in the slam; Cohase Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Erik Volk leans over to get reaction from Film Slam first place winners Omega Haehnel, MacLeod, and Alan Haehnel after the six teams presented their films in Bradford, Vt. HEARTS AJAR was also awarded Best Direction and Best Use of Genre awards by the judges. The audience at the screening also gave it the People’s Choice award.

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Family Time

Last weekend I was invited to Lindsay and Jordan’s home in Randolph, Vt., to make family photographs with their son Carter. We incorporated early fall’s beautiful leaves, smiles and even ugly Christmas sweaters! Follow this link to see more (and to order prints and downloads) in the Galleries section of my web site.

Summertime News

It’s been another eventful summer while doing photography for the Valley News. As photo editor at the paper, I feel fortunate to be out of the office with my camera while others are on vacation. Here’s a few of my favorites from the past couple of months:

From top, Upper Valley Nighthawks pitcher Joe DeRosa checks the sign before going into his windup in the fourth inning of their game with the Mountaineers in Hartford, Vt.; Valerie Pallotta, of Colchester, Vt., gives Lt. Col. Dave Leonard a hug goodbye after her speech at a mental health conference at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vt. Her son, Josh, died in 2014 while battling PTSD and brain injuries after serving in Afghanistan as part of the Vermont National Guard. Leonard is director of the Vermont Guard’s Family Program; New Hampshire punter Zach O’Brien of Stevens High School yells for the team’s 11th player to get on to the field in the first quarter of play in the annual all-star Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl in Castleton, Vt.; Kevin Barry, of Barnard, Vt., right, playfully challenges Lindley Brainard, of Bethel, to a duel with their cordless drills while working on one of four trout murals by artist Mary Lacy, of Burlington, Vt., on a retaining wall in Bethel. Lacy and the volunteer crew are finishing the installation on the retaining wall, built in 1940. “It’s no longer the ugliest wall in Vermont,” Barry said; Hartford senior goalkeeper Hannah Cooney runs a drill where she begins defense of the net from her stomach during pre-season practice in White River Junction; Bill Shambo Sr., right, tells Travis Wright that Kibby Equipment Inc. will be closing at the end of September after Shambo and his family ran the White River Junction business for 60 years. Wright, who works for the State of New Hampshire Department of Transportation garage in Enfield, N.H., had picked up a part for a salt spreader. “They’ve always been good,” Wright said of the business.

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Together Again

Last weekend Jen invited me to photograph her family during their visit to the Upper Valley and Barnard, Vt. Jen and her siblings gathered from across the country to celebrate their parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. What a treat! Follow this link to see more (and to order prints and downloads) in the Galleries section of my web site.

Fair Competition

While the Bradford Fair in Bradford, Vt., was in full swing, I spent the day for the Valley News photographing a group of 4-H teamsters with their working steers in the first of three qualifying events to go to the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, Mass. Their attention to detail and intensity of the competition was very impressive! Follow this link to see the story and more photographs.

From top, Krystin Skoda, 17, of Randolph, Vt., applies hoof polish to Mike, an eight-month-old Holstein steer, while preparing for the working steer 4-H show at the Bradford Fair in Bradford, Vt.; Megan Taylor, 10, of East Randolph, Vt., encourages her Holstein steers Salt and Pepper to back a cart into a determined space in the competition. It was Taylor’s first time showing her one-year-old steers at a fair and she was competing for the experience; From left, Steve and Terri Chamberlin, of Pomfret, Vt., and Deb Skoda, of Randolph, prepare paperwork for the competition. Terri Chamberlin and her father have been running the Green Mountain Teamsters working steer 4-H club since 1990; Joey Ferris, 11, of Northfield, Vt., is tested on his knowledge of working steers by judge Dan Fantoni, of Fairfax, Vt., during the Junior Division fitting and showing portion of the show. Ferris has been involved with working steers for three years; As Fantoni watches, Skoda encourages her young Holstein steer team of John and Mike to pull the stone boat; Analiese Morvan, 18, of Northfield, Vt., takes shelter from the sun in the shadow cast by her Dutch Belt steer team of Jim and Joe while waiting for results from the stone boat obstacle course. Morvan competed at “The Big E” last year as Vermont’s sole teamster.

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