It’s been fair week here in Alabama.
I played Fort Payne family portrait photographer for my friend Bonnie and her children.
It was my first time meeting her kids. It had been a while since I’d been around really young children. Heck, with this coronavirus, it has been a long time since I’ve been around anyone I don’t work with!
I first shot with Bonnie earlier this year before the coronavirus really reached Alabama. She’s a very striking and beautiful model, and some of the expressions she gives me are hilarious. I knew from that first photoshoot that she was going to be someone I’d want to collaborate with again.
With the fair in town, I asked Bonnie if she wanted to do a “fair-themed” shoot. She said she would love to do something with her kids.
We met up at the fairgrounds about an hour before they opened the gates. I would not have felt safe being around a ton of people. We finished up just as they started letting people in.
The VFW and the midway company, Kissel Entertainment, were happy to have me take the photos and even dedicated someone to safely show us around. They knew I would share these images on Facebook and Instagram to help raise awareness that the fair was in town.
I’m always a bit sad when the final night of the fair ends and I awaken the next morning to find all of that gone. It’s fun and exciting to be in such close proximity to all of the people and sounds and lights. I guess it would get really old if it was all the time.
I am sort of dreading the numbers of new coronavirus cases. I’ve been to a lot of high school football games and to the fair. I can tell you that, maybe, 5% of the people in those crowds bother to wear masks.
It just wouldn’t seem like autumn without the fair. I’m glad that we were able to experience it in a sort of way.