I think we are paying for the beautiful November that we had. The weather here is cold enough to chill you to the core of your being. It is so cold that when given a choice of stopping at the mailbox to get the mail, or to keep driving and get into the house asap, the choice is warmth. It is so cold that I have not walked for a week. It is so cold that the kids at school have been in for recess for a week. “If you don’t live on the Prairies you don’t know cold.” David Bouchard, Truer words were never spoken. I remember once when in Palm Springs at a swimming pool, a mother told her young kids that it was too cold to go into the pool. The temperature that day was in the low 80s. She did not know cold. And for what it’s worth, I think if you went to your grave and did not know cold, you would not be missing a thing. It would be like never having the flu. Lucky you if you don’t know cold.
So with this deep freeze that we are in, you would think all of those pesky germs that make us sick, would be dead. How can they live in this? Yeah, I know they thrive inside with indoor heating and all of those kids’ bodies in a school doesn’t help. All of those bodies that are inside a building for 61/2 hours. But it would be a benefit if the cold killed the viruses. Not so. I have a virus. I have a cold. So here I am, miserable because it is so cold out and I cannot walk, plus I have a cold. I don’t have the flu though. I can’t have the flu because I have had 2 flu shots. I am protected in case you are worried. And I may wear a mask for my shoots at the end of this week. Maybe even to school for the rest of the week. Wouldn’t that be funny? I went to a doctor a few weeks ago, and she was wearing a mask because she had a cold. Will we become so germophobic that we will all wear masks?
So what does this have to do with photography? Not a thing. Just feel like venting.
Last weekend I did pictures for a lovely family of 2 girls and one boy. The 21 month old boy did not want any part of getting his picture taken and I have to admit, I could not get him to crack a smile. By the end of the session, he was playing with the stuff in my Treasure Chest, but when I tried to take his picture while he was there, he froze. It isn’t often that I can’t get one smile out of a child, but I met my match with him.
I also took part in a free photo session for families at a school in the north end. It was wonderful to see so many photographers come out on such a cold day to volunteer their services. It was a very worthwhile venture and I want to thank the organizers of the event. I even was on the news that night!!
Here are just a few of the pics from my last shoot: