Remember your Hula Hoop! Memorial Day BBQ Photography…

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Remember someone special, consider the serious side of the holiday but one thing you can’t forget when going to the big BBQ is to absolutely make sure you pack along your camera to photograph whatever crazy or cool stuff goes down this weekend, reverent or irreverent, serious or silly. This is a weekend for both silly and serious photographs. Get out in the lovely spring weather and have a blast making pictures!

Fun moments often “just happen” around the BBQ, so take your favorite couple lenses, plenty of memory cards and go with the idea anywhere people gather, picture opportunities are bound to go down. Carrying a camera everywhere has been my eternal life habit so, as a result, at least half of my favorite portfolio images were made…at BBQ’s. Encourage your friends and family to act silly or have fun in front of your camera or nail them in poignant scenarios, as you actually remember all the good folks Memorial Day was meant to honor. In either scenario, consciously consider THIS IS A BIG PORTFOLIO WEEKEND!!!

If you’re heading off for a big event, consider taking along some toys adults can’t resist. (tongue twister: I did not say adult toys…) Like…a hula hoop – or any number of fun toys all those too-stressed, too-serious adults can’t resist! You can’t go wrong with a hula hoop to get adults up off the sofa at a BBQ. If you drop by a toy store on the way to your destination, a quick look around will reveal many fun toys – but don’t forget 2-3 hula hoops! Not much is more fun than watching adults attempt to hula hoop after a couple decades of not having touched one. It seems gravity changes over years and that hoop gets harder and harder to keep a-spinnin….

These fun snapshots were made totally spontaneously at a BBQ last Saturday evening at our good friend Mary’s place. On top of Mary’s fantastic gourmet chef culinary skills, good fortune struck when I noticed a hula hoop at the same time the light was getting interesting, just at last light, so I instigated a competition. (instigater – good keyword for this kind of photography) Fun, spontaneous moments followed and were captured, simply because a camera and a photographer’s attitude was handy. Captured in memory of that particular night when we hula hooped at Mary’s… Btw, in this case “hula hoops” is both literal and a metaphor intended as a reminder, motivation perhaps, to JUST MAKE PICTURES of whatever you see, trusting your gut!

Capture some memories this weekend! Be safe, remember to remember and MAKE LOTS OF PHOTOGRAPHS! (no hula hoops required – shoot whatever gets you going!)

This hula hooping session reminded me of a non-BBQ hula photograph made from the cliffs over the site of the famed “Mavericks” world level big-wave surfing competition where 30-50′ waves make the competition a very big deal in surfing. On this day, though, seas were calm and the beaches were mostly void of people except for this one, lone hula hooper who never stopped hula hooping the entire hour or so we sat and checked out the view… Probably a world class surfer’s way of staying in shape for those monster waves… Hula hooping is a blast but really tough physical exercise IF you can keep it going long enough…

If you take a hula hoop to a BBQ where mixed ages are present you’ll discover the undisputed champions tend to be…9 year old girls…but fun will be had by ALL!

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Kimberly Parker | - May 31, 2013 - 4:42 PM

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