Street photography Taste of Clarkston

For the sixth year I did street photography at the 2017 Taste of Clarkston.  I was in the parking lot of the Clarkston News, thanks Don and Jim.  Every year I choose a local charity to gove donations to.  This year it was DRAW’s turn.  When I photograph people I let them know I will send them multiple jpg files from the session.  I also let them know that they can make a donation.  This year was lighter in past years and we raised $112 for DRAW.

I stand out on the sidewalk and ask people if they are up for a portrait, many decline.  I’m much better at getting friends in for some shots.  I also look for interesting people that would make a good portrait.  For this years, at the end of the session I asked people to give me their best sad sack or deadpan face.  I think it is funny that most intrepid it as sad and gave me sad faces.  A couple really nailed it.

Clarkston Parade Event Photography, 4th of July 2016

Event photography of Clarkston’s annual 4th of July Parade.  The parade starts at St Dans Church on the north west end of town and weaves it’s way to the Community Center on the east side of town.  Being an election year there was plenty of politicians, mostly for Independence Township.  The parade, as always was started by the local color guard and we even had a WW II veteran.

Clarkston Football sports photography

Clarkston football sports photography of the Clarkston Chiefs summer camp.  Every year the coaches of the Clarkston football team host a camp for the Clarkston Chiefs and I will spend a day doing sports photography for them.  The Chiefs are the younger ages version of the Clarkston football program.  Again this year it must have been the hottest day of the year.  I do have to compliment the young athletes, they were all moving and giving every drill 100%  The coached were all fully engaged and game a ton of attention to the groups and individuals.


Independence Township swearing in – Event photography

Event photography shots from Independence Township’s November Board meeting where the new officials were sworn in.  The meeting was held at the Independence Township offices. There was even cake!

Our township officials:

Supervisor – Pat Kiddle

Treasurer – Paul Brown

Clerk – Barbara Pallotta

Board of Trustees:

Andrea Schroeder

Jose Aliaga

Ron Richie

Rachel Loughrin

Congratulations to our returning and new officials.

Clarkston Back Roads Race Event photography

This Sunday, Clarkston ran their fourth annual Back Roads Race, these are some of the event photography.  These shots are from the corral at the finish line where I was looking to capture the expressions and pain as runner finished their race.

Clarkston Arial photography

This last Friday I had the wonderful opportunity to do some Clarkston Arial photography.   I was the winning bid at a canine rescue action event this summer for a short ride in a plane.

Randy the pilot is the proud owner of an unrestored 1947 Piper Cub.  This is a really cool plane.  A bunch of aluminum tubing, some fabric covering, an opposing 4 air cooled engines, 4 basic instruments and two seats (I sat in front).  The plane is so basic, it does not have an electrical system.  Randy brought handheld radios for communications.

We planned to leave a 8:07, sunrise,  but the clouds were low.  We got clearance about 9am and took off.  We did a quick trip north from Pontiac airport and tried to make it to our house, but the clouds were too low.

I was able to get shots of the town, our church, Clarkston United Methodist and some general fall color, Great day!

Taste of Clarkston Street Portrait photography

Again for the fifth year I was at the corner of Washington and Main, in the parking lot of the Clarkston News, shooting street portrait photography at Taste of Clarkston. Over 50 people and groups had their portraits shot and many donated to this year’s charity – Disaster Relief at Work DRAW  I gathers $153 in donations.

Greg proposes to Michelle – Marriage proposal photography and video

My pal Greg proposed to his now finance Michelle a bit ago.  He had it all planned.  Set up dinner in one of the back rooms at The Woodshed in Clarkston, MI.  He had the room reserved for “his birthday party” about an hour after the proposal.  I went to the bar the day before and planned where to hide the camera with the very helpful staff.  I got there an hour or so before the couple  and the placement we had for the camera didn’t make any sense.  We came with the idea to hide it behind one of the big screens with some Rube Goldberg rigging.

The couple came in, the curtains were closed, I came out from hiding and could see just a bit into the room through split in the curtains.  Greg gave me the high sign, I started click with the radio remote.

She said YES!

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