Behind the Stage

I recently did some behind the scenes photography for a local organization, Kids Unlimited, a place for young performers who wish to explore the excitement of singing, dancing and acting with other children who share this interest. According to their website, “No other organization in Tucson provides the unique performance classes where students learn a diverse combination of dance, musical theatre, voice and drama by professionals who have entertained across the United States and abroad.”

I really enjoyed the access I was given to the goings on behind the stage and before the public performance. I had no idea how much work goes into live performances! And, all of their actors, singers, and dancers are 18 years or younger. Whoa!

Here are some of my favorite images from a week’s worth of a “backstage pass.”

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High Dynamic Range

Despite my dislike for HDR photography, I can understand its advantages. This week I decided to try it out myself as I am introducing the concept to my high school photography students as an end of the semester project.

In the below two images, I layered three images for each, taken in the middle of the day. I used Photoshop as my processing software and used Photos in Color as my tutorial. These images were taken at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tucson, AZ. For my full post on this visit, please visit my other site.

Once a Home, Built in 1907

There aren’t many buildings in Tucson, AZ that are more than 100 years old. This week my photography students and I were granted special access to one of Tucson’s oldest buildings, the Manning House. Once a private residence, what sits at 450 West Paseo Redondo is now El Rio Health‘s headquarters.

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Puppy Play

Well, they aren’t puppies anymore, but to me, they’ll always be “the pups.” The best time to catch these two playing is in the early morning when they first wake up from a long night’s rest. Plus, it gets hot in Tucson, AZ very quickly! Watching these two (sometimes my oldest will even play along) with a cup of coffee makes me giggle every time.

Happy Easter! He is Risen!

Easter is the only time of the year that I can convince my kiddos to put on something nice for a picture. Fifteen minutes into the shoot I had to bribe them with four scoops of ice cream and any toppings they wanted if they’d just hang on for another fifteen minutes with me. LOL!

Photographing the stages of our lives.

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