Finally, an actual snowfall! Large, sticky flakes that makes everything look twice as beautiful in Vermont in December! No real time to do a lot of shooting, however, but I still couldnt help stopping to make this pictures of a die hard hockey player near my home on Sunset Lake.
This next photo comes from my daughter, Emma, who is strolling around these days taking pictures with a discarded Nikon D100 and doing me proud. She caught our 2 little dogs in a rare moment together out enjoying the weather:
What a wonderful assignment for Christmas eve: photograph members of the von Trapp family gathering for an old fashioned sing-a-long at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, including 95-year-old Maria von Trapp (daughter of Maria and the Captain). About 150 people gathered in the Mozart room to be a part of the event (the first one in many years!) which started with a rousing “Joy To The World” and ended with “Silent Night.”
Johannes von Trapp (the 10th and youngest child of Maria and the Captain and and the president of the Lodge) told a wonderful story about the first time Silent Night was sung in the United States. The Rainer family singers, made up of ancestors of his famous mother, were touring with their group and had scheduled to sing at the Trinity Church in NYC in 1839. When they arrived, they had found that only two days earlier, Trinity church burned to the ground. Not wanting to disappoint the parissioners, they held their concert on the burnt remains of the church and sang “Silent Night” for the first time in America.
It was a very special evening that touched everyone in the room. The hills are most certainly still alive with the sound of music at Trapp Family Lodge. Merry Christmas, everyone!
Marcia became a Bat Mitzvah this month and her friends and family watched in admiration as she read her Torah portion and addressed the congregation from the bema at Temple Shalom in Newton, Ma.
Following the service, Marcia and her guests celebrated with a lunch reception, including games and dancing, a photo booth and an awesome chocolate fountain. It was a wonderful afternoon, filled with love and family.
I should also note that Marcia’s mom, Sherry Levin, is an old grade school friend of mine and we both had our own Bat Mitzvah celebrations at this same temple–34 years ago! My head is spinning…
Mazel Tov to Marcia and her family!
If you’d like to see more, check out this fun slideshow:
If you’d like to see all 500 photos from Marcia’s celebration, please click here (and you will need to have the password from Marcia and her family to enter this gallery).
Friday night began the 8-day Jewish holiday of Hannukah and true to our family tradition, we celebrated it with good friends– lighting the menorah, eating latkes and other delicious foods, and just delighting in how our families have blossomed over the past year.
L’chaim! To Life!
It’s that time of year again. Book a family or child’s holiday portrait session by December 15 and receive an additional $25 print credit! Ho Ho Ho…