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a barber shop quartet…

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let’s face it, i am not shy about taking my camera with me wherever i go.  nor am i at all hesitant to take it out to get photos in the oddest of places. most of the time the boys are the only ones who have to endure the embarrassment (thankfully they don’t fully know yet what is really embarrassing and what is not).  but last week my antics effected my husband’s family as well.  hey-i try to be equal in my embarrasing deeds. it’s only fair, right?

the boys needed a haircut before we headed back to the beach from PA.  my father-in-law and my husband also needed one.  as we planned to head to my father-in-law’s local barber shop i knew it would be an interesting memory to capture. how could i possibly pass up this photo opportunity?

when we walked into this place i was  in heaven.  it was a true old-fashioned shop with all of the fixins’–the chairs, the countertops and the paint all circa 1960.  i could hardly wait to take out my camera and get to the task at hand.

keep in mind that it’s pretty unusual to see women in a barber shop.  (myself and my mother-in-law accompanied the four guys into the shop.  this alone was rather unusual.) the real embarrasing moment occurred when i reached into my bag to pull out my d-700 (complete with attached battery grip to make it all the more enormous) housed with my trusty 24 mm 1.4 wide angle. other patrons waiting in the greenish old-fashioned chairs for their turn watched in curiosity surely thinking that i worked for “People” magazine or something. my father-in law’s face turned a bright shade of red, my husband rolled his eyes and my mother-in-law–well she was on my side and just laughed.

what a priceless opportunity to photograph three generations getting a hair cut at the same time! once the red cheeks and eye rolls subsided i was able to capture history in the making and we all ended up having a few laughs. now we can forever cherish these photos of our fun afternoon together.

my job as the family historian is, most of the time, a thankless job. but this time, these images brightened up everyone’s day and made a fun day in our history together for a change. i can’t wait to get prints and add them to my son’s baby books and send them off to the family.
and i plan to send a few prints to the fun guys at the barber shop for their walls as well.

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GiGi - July 26, 2011 - 8:22 pm

N–i–c–e, Mary Beth. It was historic; it was a lot of fun; and we will talk about this often. As usual, I am just reviewing e-mail a few days late (7/26). Thanks.

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