Since I was a little girl, I've been drawn to Christmas decorations - especially the lights. A favorite moment each holiday season was the first lighting of our tree. Actually, this remains the case!
Though primarily a landscape photographer, a few years ago I gave myself "permission" to branch out and shoot more architecture, city scenes, and the like. In retrospect, I'm not sure why I placed restrictions on myself....
I made my first Christmas image in 2010 outside Faneuil Hall in Boston. I hadn't seen the huge Christmas tree there since before I moved to this area and thought it might be fun to photograph it. (By the way, this is a REALLY large tree - typically around 15 feet taller than the one in Rockefeller Plaza.) A few nights later, I set my sights closer to home. Settled in the 1600s, Portsmouth is a historic seaport with a lovely downtown featuring the landmark North Church - an iconic New England house of worship with a tall, white steeple. The city's Christmas tree stands each year across the street. The composition I had in mind (featuring both the tree and church) seemed like the perfect scene for another business venture of mine, so off I went to photograph it.
And so began The Christmas Project. Since then, it's taken on a life of its own!
Each November, I begin to map my strategy. Where might I shoot? How much can I reasonably expect to accomplish? (Necessarily, over time the map has expanded...)
This year, with a short window between Thanksgiving and Christmas and two Nor'easters already since Thanksgiving Eve, it's been a real juggling act to tackle my shot list.
That said, I was able to squeeze a slot into the schedule to dash down to Manhattan. I still have much work to do - including two new locations, both in Massachusetts. Stay tuned!