I wrote this awhile back and for some reason instead of publishing it (which I thought I had) it remains in draft format. Explains why I couldn’t find it! LOL So I’m posting it, because I am so in love with these photographs!
If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you would know that I try to keep the personal posts to a minimum on this blog. I seem to have picked that up a little bit more recently though. I just had to show off just a tiny bit. I try to keep those posts down, but here’s a quick brag.
Four of my five children are in a Fife & Drum corps. – to explain the corps better, this is a blurb off one of our websites:
The corps is one of America’s few all-youth corps, with members ranging in age from 10-18. The young musicians play replicas of the six- and ten-hole wooden fifes and rope-tension drums used during the 18th and 19th centuries. Their uniforms are red wool coats and bearskin crested round hats, patterned after those of US Army field musicians of the period 1804-1810.
The color guard and flag bearer are dressed identical to the musicians, but with opposite colors since they were considered part of the infantry. They carry the 15-star “Star-Spangled Banner” (our nation’s flag from 1795-1818).”
Well, my daughter is that aforementioned Flag Bearer – carrying the beautiful 15 star Star Spangled Banner. It makes a mama proud and warms the heart to see her so patriotic at only 12. I love it!
Anyway, this past weekend (side note, this was written November 29!) was the kick off for Christmas Traditions in St. Charles, Missouri and of course our Fife & Drum corps. which is a huge part of St. Charles, led the parade down main street all three days. We’ll be there every weekend until December 26th, when Christmas Traditions 2010 will come to a close. (Saddest day ever… it was so hard to finish the season…)
There were photographers everywhere. Some professional, and some just clicking with a cell phone. It’s sometimes odd to see my children on a site I didn’t know about or find a video on youtube with my kiddo in it, but its part of being in the corps. With that said, a photographer over the weekend, who is obviously quite skilled and professional, sent us some photos this morning. These pictures were taken by David Counts. I tried to google a photography studio or somewhere I could link to him, but the only one I could find was out of California. So unless he was in town for the weekend, probably not him. At any rate, I am so thankful that David Counts took these photos this weekend. My daughter is the single Flag Bearer – the tiny little munchkin between the two big guys! I am so in love with these pictures and I had to share. I’ll get back to the writing posts tomorrow, but today I had to share.
*Update* David and I are now friendly on Facebook – he is an amazing photographer, I’ve met him in person and is just as wonderful, smart and funny and I am happy to report that he got me and my girls involved in a Flash Mob group that was the best part of our Holiday Season next to Christmas Traditions – he simply rocks!
So you can’t see her in this photo, because the Town Crier is blocking her… but just wait…
This is Braden, my other daughters (not pictured) boyfriend
& Color Guard Sergeant (means he gets to boss Brielle (with the flag) around.
This is Lakin – Brielle’s best friend. She is a fifer!
This is Carly – she is also a Fifer!
On behalf of the entire Lewis & Clark Fife and Drum corps. I would like to thank you David, for these amazing pictures. Not only did you capture the historical beauty that is our corps., you caught priceless images during a time that we, the parents were otherwise occupied (walking behind them and couldn’t get these shots).
As a P.S. to David – thank you so very much for being my friend, for introducing me to speegg and the Flash Mob. Never before has my family experienced a Christmas like this one – what with Christmas Traditions and the flash mob and all the amazing events because of these two things – it was a Christmas like no other. I am thankful that God led you to us and that you happened to be down on mainstreet that day taking pictures of the FlashMob practice which led you to take these photos. I am blessed to call you friend.
These photos might be some of our very favorites (at least for my family in particular) Christmas Traditions is Brielle’s first major performance in her correct uniform (custom made Navy Color Guard coat – rather than the hand me down red one she had to wear before because all the extra Navy ones were big enough to fit the dude on the right of her in the picture! LOL They came to her ankles – not very period accurate haha)
So again, thank you!