Photographing Thanksgiving

Hawaii Clouds. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate. Hope you all have a wonderful holiday and holiday weekend!

I’d like to start with a short note. For those of you who want to capture this holiday in images, here are a few ideas:

  • photograph Thanksgiving preparations, say, during the days preceding the holiday
  • capture family members, friends and loved ones working together (or not) and helping in the kitchen, in the house, or capture their arrival (opening the door, hugging, exchanging gifts perhaps, introducing others, etc.)
  • photograph what Thanksgiving means to you: family, love, getting together, being thankful/things you’re thankful for, food, laughter and not only, and so on…or capture a less familiar side of Thanksgiving or maybe a unique celebration of this holiday
  • capture interesting or unusual moments during the Thanksgiving dinner (we all have them, and that’s regardless of what holidays we celebrate)
  • photograph the Thanksgiving table with food on the table and people at the table, people cheering and chatting around the table, or photograph another kind of Thanksgiving table (maybe not that full, maybe not that cheery); think of using time-lapse to capture the evolution of setting the Thanksgiving table, for example
  • capture details, moments, especially the memorable ones throughout the long holiday weekend
  • photograph after-dinner activities–cleaning in the kitchen, resting, watching TV, going out for a walk, etc.
  • capture the guests and hosts as they say their good-byes, the guests leaving, the house and hosts after guests are gone
  • think about telling the full story of Thanksgiving through your lens and through your eyes

I’ve never been into Thanksgiving myself, but I do appreciate getting together with friends and spending the holiday or at least part of the holiday weekend together. I’m always grateful for that.

Wooden Pier Remains. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Wooden Pier Remains on Atlantic City beach. Photo by Alina Oswald.

This Thanksgiving I’d like to re-share a short story I wrote many years ago. It was originally published in an online newsletter. Here it is again, A Short Story for the Holidays, for those who’d like to read it or reread it.

As always, thanks for stopping by and

Happy Thanksgiving!

Alina Oswald

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