A FujiFilm X100s, caught in the wild, grazing near a lake at Beaver Brook Park, Hollis NH.
Last year I got my first assignment from Yankee Magazine. I got to spend a freezing February morning with Bill Jones’ alter ego Captain Plunger as he prepared for his yearly plunge into the freezing waters of Hampton Beach for the Penguin Plunge put on by the New Hampshire Special Olympics. Bill has been doing the plunge since it’s inception, and over the last 17 years he continues to be the one individual who raises the most money each year.
More images of Captain Plunger after the cut:
I’m a big toy guy. I grew up an only child, so a lot of my time was spent playing with toys and making my own little universes inside my head. One of my favorite toy lines in the 1980’s was Kenner’s “M.A.S.K.” line. These were cars and trucks that would slightly transform into other types of vehicles or weapons. For example, a gull-wing door Chevy Camaro could turn into a flying jet-car. You can see more examples of what the toy-line looked like by visiting the M.A.S.K. Collector’s Guide.
I had most of the first two waves of the toys and cars, and as it was some of my favorite toys I did everything I could to preserve them and make sure they lasted. In fact, I still have two boxes of the cars and figures in my parents attic, and while visiting recently I went though everything to see how it has lasted since my childhood days. Most of the stuff is in decent shape; a few things have been lost, but a majority of everything has still survived multiple moves. I grabbed my bag full of figures and laid them all out on the studio floor one morning.
I also have an obsession with toys that wear hats and helmets. I don’t know where it comes from, but if it has a hat that can be removed, it’s a safe bet I’ve had it at one point or another 🙂
Anyway, here are my M.A.S.K. figures. I can still remember most of their names.
I met Tesia for the first time in July of 2010 when she came to me for high school Senior portraits. Since then I’ve followed her Instagram account as she’s moved all over the country having exciting adventures and watching her relationship develop with her Fiancé, Grant.
They moved back to NH a short time ago, and she contacted me asking if I was available for a session with her and Grant, and I was very excited at the thought of spending time with Tesia again *and* her Fiance and making some portraits of the two of them.
We found a fantastic location at Monson Center, which is on the town lines of Hollis and Milford NH. I’ve lived in Southern NH all my life and I had no idea about Monson or it’s history, but as soon as I read about it, Sara and I headed over to scout it out, and it’s a gorgeous area. I am also very late to the party, as the day we headed over to scout, there were three other photographers there with clients taking portraits all over the area.
We met Tesia and Grant on a brisk October weekend afternoon, and we spent a few hours walking the area and making portraits wherever the moment spoke to me.
More examples of Tesia and Grant after the cut:
Occasionally I’m a sucker for silly things. I stumbled across this watch that kinda looks like a camera lens, and it was affordable enough that I said “I kinda want that” and so I ordered one off Amazon.
It’s pretty nice, and I like to wear it during my photography jobs. Nobody will notice, but it’s like a little hidden in-joke and I kinda find amusement from it.
If you want to check it out, click the image link below.