Prom Portraits

Sharon Academy held their annual prom over the weekend and I was asked back to portraits in a photo booth set-up for the fourth year. The event is open to every student in the school – it’s great being there as a volunteer to see my daughter, her friends and all of the others enjoying themselves! To see more and to order prints and downloads, follow this link (profits will benefit the school’s Annual Fund).

Here and There

It’s still a pleasure to be here and there covering the community for the Valley News. I’m mostly in the office as photo editor but I’m on the road whenever we’re short a photographer. Here’s a few of my recent favorites:

From top, Jocelyn Beeman, of Claremont, N.H., wipes her eyes while watching her son Oliver, 10, speak to the Claremont City Council about a petition he circulated to ask for the lowering of the speed limit along South Street At left is Oliver’s father, Jason Beeman; Thomas Buergenthal sits for a portrait in Hanover, N.H. He gave the speech “Scenes from a Life: From the Auschwitz Death March to the International Court of Justice” at Dartmouth College later in the day. He was one of the youngest Holocaust survivors. After the war, Buergenthal studied law in the United States and during the course of his career as a law professor, became a world-renowned expert on human rights; Dartmouth No. 5 singles player Ciro Riccardi serves against Princeton in their last match of the regular season. Dartmouth won, 4-1, to win its first Ivy League title since 1997; Ellie Woodward, 6, of Lebanon, N.H., tries to take the basketball away from her father, Dylan Woodward, while enjoying a warm Sunday afternoon at the CCBA’s Witherell Recreation Center’s outdoor courts with her sister and mother in Lebanon; Newport, N.H., seniors Stacia Dame, left, Hailey Perry and Kendall Hamilton (not shown) hug after they were given flowers by their families at the start of their last home game with Stevens in Newport.

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Growing Family

Last weekend Paul invited me back to Jericho, Vt., to photograph his growing family, along with his brother’s and their extended family. I met Paul and Pearl at their wedding in 2012 and did portraits of Aaron and Laura’s young baby four years ago. Now there’s more kids and more fun! Follow this link to see more and to order prints and downloads in the Galleries section of my website.

Out and About

Finding moments while being out and about as a photographer for the Valley News continues to be a joy, whether it’s early in the morning or late at night. Here’s a few of my favorites so far from 2018:

From top, Nick Stickney of Blakeman’s Towing & Recovery works to remove a Jeep Wrangler from the ditch after it was struck by an Amtrak passenger train in South Royalton, Vt. Police said the Jeep’s driver was trying to pull another car out of the snow at the time of the crash. No one was injured; Amy Hutchins, as Marianne, and Michael Stewart Allen, as Roland, rehearse a scene from CONSTELLATIONS, a two-character drama by Nick Payne at Shaker Bridge Theatre in Enfield, N.H.; Jarvis Antonio Green is the founding producing artistic director for JAG Productions and BarnArts Center for the Arts; Terry Wing, of Springfield, Vt., reacts to Gregory Smith’s testimony in Windsor Superior Court in White River Junction, Vt., about the shooting of her son Wesley Wing in April 2015 over a dispute about drug activity in the Springfield neighborhood where Smith and Wesley Wing lived; Lebanon guard Megan Gradijan keeps the ball in play as it heads out-of-bounds in the first quarter of their game with Con-Val in Lebanon, N.H.; Players and fans react to Dover’s go-ahead goal with less than 30 seconds to play in the game with Lebanon-Stevens on Feb. 14, 2018, in West Lebanon, N.H. Dover’s Garrett Swan, left, scored on an assist from teammate Wyatt Allaire, center, to win 5-4; Ben Emery, of Burlington, Vt., launches from the 50-meter jump at Storrs Hill in Lebanon, N.H., during a Junior Nationals qualifying event. The jump now has metal tracks instead of snow, allowing for predictable tracking and planned year-round use beginning in 2019; Over a half-dozen homeowners in Warren, N.H., have been without water for about two months after a stretch of the Baker River near their homes was dredged. They believe the water table dropped, ran their dug wells dry and are looking for answers from town, state and federal officials.

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Green Green Mountains

The second story I photographed for the Weather Channel’s series on climate change was published over the weekend. Working with writer Matt Hongoltz-Hetling and editor Patty Cox, over the summer I documented elements of Vermont’s renewable energy efforts, from solar power to electric vehicles to zero-energy homes. I enjoyed exploring the topic and seeing the result! Follow this link to read the story and see a video that was also produced.

From top: Three solar projects have been installed near the Rutland Community Garden’s 50 plots, within view of the Green Mountains and Killington Peak, the second highest in Vermont. According to Green Mountain Power, Rutland is the Solar Capital of New England, with the most solar per capita of any city in the region; While 60 SunCommon solar panels are installed in an adjacent barn, Jersey cows are turned out to pasture after their morning milking at 4 Corners Farm in Newbury, Vt.; SunCommon Warehouse Assistant Evan Vaillancourt loads a pallet of solar panels into a trailer to be delivered to a job site at the company’s warehouse in Waterbury, Vt. The company’s 21 enclosed trailers are delivered with job-specific inventory — they average 15 installations a week in the summertime; SunCommon Co-President Duane Peterson below bi-facial solar panels, which absorb energy on both sides. Peterson and James Moore started the company in 2012 and the business has grown from 16 employees to over 70; Farmer Anna Hurlburt leads her flock of 50 Dorset Tunis sheep through the solar array at Open View Farm in New Haven, Vt. Hurlburt and her husband, Ben Freund, rotationally graze the sheep under the solar array owned by Cross Pollination Inc., which intentionally had the facility designed to allow for livestock grazing; The sheep graze under solar panels at dusk at Open View Farm. The 2.49-megawatt solar array was designed and built by Vermont-based groSolar in 2013 for Cross Pollination. The solar array generates enough power for 350 homes each year; Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur leads a morning transportation team meeting at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation offices in Burlington, Vt. Wallace-Brodeur is the director of transportation efficiency at the VEIC; Kevin Jones, of Chittenden, Vt., travels on Route 100 in Stockbridge, Vt., near the Green Mountain National Forest. After owning two gas-electric hybrids, Jones decided to lease a Chevy Bolt electric car for his 80-mile roundtrip commute. Because its brakes regenerate the battery power, Jones said the downhill travel in the mountains compensates for its uphill climb; After arriving at work at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vt., Jones plugs his Chevy Bolt into a Level 2 charging station at the school. The school has seven charging stations, four which are the higher-powered Level 2 stations; Vermod Homes owner Steve Davis speaks with the construction crew foreman on the job site at one of Vermod’s modular home installations in Woodstock, Vt. The three-piece 1,500 square-foot home was built in VerMod’s facility in Wilder, Vt., and put together on-site; To help with its weatherization, laborer Tim Nunn caulks electrical boxes from the outside on one of the modular homes under construction at Vermod Homes in Wilder, Vt. “I haven’t seen a house as energy efficient as these,” he said; Carpenters Tyler Wheatley and Ben Parsons of Conniff’s Custom Building in Brookfield, Vt., build a garage on-site after a Vermod home was placed on the property in Woodstock. Doc Conniff said he has been working with Vermod Homes owner Steve Davis on jobs for 30 years.

Kind and Gentle

After reading Christmas stories and making crafts with the Arts Bus, children greeted Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Tunbridge Public Library this weekend. Euclid and Priscilla Farnham’s visits to the library is a tradition dating back to 1979. It’s a treat to see how kind and gentle they are with the kids! Follow this link to see more and to order prints and device downloads in the Galleries section of my web site (profits will benefit the library).

Tall Tale

The other day, I said something to my wife that caught her attention as a writer. It doesn’t really matter what I said — the point is that it she wanted to use it as her own. “I might use that,” she said. “As long as I get credit,” I said. The conversation jogged my memory about a photo I made for the Valley News in May 1990, a Saturday Night Live skit I saw in Nov. 1991, and SNL comedian Dana Carvey.

At a meeting in Hanover, N.H., I photographed a man speaking about the history of a non-maintained town road a family wanted to use for their new home. I thought he looked like one of Dana Carvey’s character’s on SNL, and sent a print to Carvey saying so.

Over a year later, I happened to see a skit on the show with guest host Kiefer Sutherland. His character’s name? Geoffrey Hansen (or maybe it was Jeffrey Hanson). Could be a coincidence, but the name of the game show was Whose Ass Should I Kiss?

Growing Fast

Over Thanksgiving weekend I returned to photograph John and Libby’s family in Fairlee, Vt. Two years ago, I did pictures of their three children, spouses and two grandchildren. Now there’s three grandkids and they’re growing fast! Follow this link to see more and to order prints and downloads in the Galleries section of my website.