I can’t believe Christmas is right around the corner. I love this time of year because it makes me think of all of the wonderful Christmas memories I have from childhood. My parents always tried to make the holidays special for us. Whether it was making popcorn balls and fruitcake or gathering together to watch the Perry Como and Carol Burnett holiday specials they went out of their way to make it special. Christmas caroling with the church group and decorating the sanctuary for Christmas Eve service stand out as well.
Most of my favorite holiday memories are centered around music. I grew up in a house where music was playing ALL the time. My parents had a HUGE record collection of a wide variety of musical styles. Folk, Irish, Bluegrass, musical soundtracks (my obsession with broadway musicals is another blog post all on it’s own), classic rock, everything! At Christmas I would play the Steve Lawrence and Edie Gormet Happy Holiday album over…and over….and over. I found that album on iTunes and still listen to it every year!
My father played the guitar and you could just see the joy on his face when he played. I loved listening to him play. I took piano for a couple of years when I was very young and sadly never stuck with it. One of my big regrets is not knowing how to play a musical instrument. When my father passed away in 2016 I was just starting to get serious about photography. I was in the middle of a macro photography class and took his guitar out to photograph it. I can’t play the thing but at least I can photograph it! I think my Dad would have loved my perspective of his instrument.
From there I kind of fell in love with photographing musical instruments and focusing on the tiny details therein. My sister is an amazing flutist and I tried my hand at capturing the details of her instrument. My friend Tim is an incredible trumpet player and the last time I saw him I asked if I could borrow his trumpet to document. If anyone has an instrument they would like me to photograph, hit me up!
Thankfully no instruments have been damaged during my time with them 🙂
Wishing all of you a happy and healthy Christmas season! I will be back in January with more to share with you all.