Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter Fun and a Photographer's Mecca

Last weekend I had the opportunity to photograph Crofton's Annual Easter Egg Hunt for the paper that carries the column Liz Forbes and I write.  I love our little community's annual events - the fishing derby, the Christmas parade and carol singing, the movies in the park, the Easter egg hunt.  Aside from the laughter, meeting new people, chatting with old friends, and chowing down on tasty refreshments, I have a chance to photograph one of my favourite subjects - kids having fun.

In the course of three hours, I took nearly seven hundred photos. My co-columnist Liz had the task for following along behind me getting  names, children's ages, and parental permissions. Since our deadline for publication had actually been two days before the event and the publisher was holding a front page spot for a photo, I spent a long night looking through all those shots for the final six or seven to send him.

So many activities!  So much to choose from! Scavenger hunts and guessing games, blowing bubbles and skipping rope,   face painting, stuffy tosses, music and dance and games with Daisy the Cow and Farmer Vicki, women in Easter bonnets, children with balloons, toddlers and grandmas,  the Easter Bunny, the egg hunt, and over three hundred happy faces.  



Tracking the flight of the bubble


Face Painting!
Colour co-ordinated mouth and vest

Painted face and free juice

Farmer Vicki and Daisy the Cow
(from Island Farms, whose Caramel Sea Salt Ice Cream 
rivals anything by that other famous company "HD")

Riding an Island Farms cow

More cow riding

The Easter Bunny!

Chasing the bunny and scattering the eggs

The Easter Egg Hunt!

Gathering the eggs

Running for eggs
Running for eggs

Scrambling for eggs

Happy Faces!

More happy faces

Happy baby in his grandma's arms

And more happy faces

More happy faces

I think this was my favourite series - I loved watching this little girl so carefully pick up a little egg and drop it in her basket:

Liz and I had a hard time choosing the final submissions for the paper, but eventually narrowed it down to these:

Carter, age 1, following the bubbles

Mrs. G  in her Easter bonnet
A long term Croftonite and business owner
Always a contributor to local events

Leila, age four, at the face-painting booth

Mersadies, age 5, playing games with Daisy the Cow

Thea, age 2, shares a hot dog and
 quiet moment with Grandma

But I'm betting this one will make front page:

Danika, age 16 months, finds an egg just for her

All photos (c) Jean Ballard 2014
Do not copy without permission


Anonymous said...

My favourite is also the one of the little girl picking Easter eggs.


Black Jack's Carol said...

They are just wonderful, Jean! I love the bubble that was directly in front of the little boy's eye. And, yes, your front page choice definitely works for me!

CarolinaA said...

I would not have been able to pick a favourite!
Amazing pictures, each and every one of them!

CAPB said...

Wonderful photos, Jean! So nice to see so many happy faces. I would have a hard time picking just one for the front page, but I love the series of the little girl picking up the egg.