Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pooches Pair with Young Readers

Heart warming photo shoot last night, photographing children at the library reading their books to Certified Therapy Dogs as part of a 4-year program sponsored by the Glen Rock Library.  Young readers got the chance to read a book to a gentle, furry canine who listened patiently by their side.
Maggie the Newfoundland was one of the first dogs in the program.  Here she listens while Kenny reads and gets some help from his dad on the hard words.
First time out for Lucy .. She did a wonderful job keeping Gabriel company.
This retiree has been participating with her Border Terrier since she retired from 34 years as a Kindergarten teacher.
Lucy the Lab giving Kayla some love. Shots taken with Nikon D40x and SB-600 flash .. New SB-700 flash is due to arrive today.
For more photos and full story, please click here for Glen Rock Patch.com.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hawes Elementary School ribbon cutting

Last night I did a photo shoot for Ridgewood Patch.com, a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the expansion at Hawes Elementary School.  The ceremony was held in the parking lot outside the new addition.

Attending the ceremony were members of the Board of Education, Hawes School staff, architects, and construction management, along with parents.
Henrietta is a duck that the kids adopted. She and her brood routinely walk in the back door, through the halls of the school. "Henrietta's Gate" was constructed so that the new building addition would not disrupt her routine.
The principal and the superintendent of schools cut the ribbon, officially opening the expansion.  For story and more photos, please click here for Ridgewood Patch.com.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Valley Hospital Expansion meeting in Ridgewood, NJ

Last night I covered the planning board meeting to further discuss the issues surrounding the proposed expansion of Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.  As a 3-year debate, it has been hotly contested on both sides.  A prior meeting required police escorts for the Mayor and Council and an arrest was made.  This one, thankfully, was orderly and peaceful.

For article and 36 photos from the meeting, click here for Ridgewood Patch.com.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Real Housewives of New Jersey photos: Teresa, Caroline, Jacqueline, Melissa

On a freezing cold day back in mid-February, I photographed the 5K "Cupid's Walk" benefit and The Real Housewives of New Jersey participated.  The producer asked me not to publish the photos until after the episode aired .. and it did, this past Sunday 9/11 .. so here they are.  The episode is entitled "Singing in the Pain". (All photos copyright © Kathy Lloyd Boehm, not to be published or re-posted elsewhere without permission).
Caroline and Melissa, who was not yet officially "outed" as the newest cast member.

Jacqueline and Melissa cheering on Teresa

Caroline and Jacqueline

Teresa running toward the finish line

Kathy Wakile's husband and son, Melissa's husband Joe in the center

More celebrity photos on Proof Positive Photography website.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Village of Ridgewood Remembrance Service

As the sun set, I left Veteran's Park in Glen Rock and headed back to Ridgewood to photograph their Remembrance Service at Van Neste Square in the center of town.
Residents reading the program in the darkness.  With such low light, photo opportunities were a challenge, but two other photographers and I tried not to be intrusive with our flash units.
The Interfaith Religious Leaders of Ridgewood took turns at the podium, each reading lines dedicated to each victim, part of a poem dedicated to "Ridgewood's Twelve" as they are known. 
The Mayor, Council, and Firemans Honor Guard
Singer presented a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.
With the 9/11 memorial behind her, and residents standing in respect, the local cantor sang "God Bless America"
Sixty photos of this, and the other Ridgewood Memorial, can be found by clicking here on Ridgewood Patch.com.  (They are not in order).

Glen Rock Remembers September 11, 2001

From the inspiring service at West Side Presbyterian Church, I drove a few miles south into Glen Rock to photograph their service, held at the 9/11 Memorial at Veterans Park.  The leaders of the community gathered with the residents to honor and remember the 11 residents lost that day.
This stunning memorial features steel beams from the towers and each of the 11 residents' names engraved in a bench nearby.
The park was filled to capacity.  Boy Scouts handed out programs to each resident as they arrived.
This retired soldier with two tours in Iraq is greeted by residents.
Musician prepared a song especially for the event.
To see 24 photos of the service as well as the program, click here to visit Glen Rock Patch.com.

Service of Remembrance, Healing and Hope at West Side Presbyterian Church

Being asked to shoot six 9/11 memorials this year was a true honor.  I'm flattered that editors and event coordinators would entrust me with preserving memories for the 10th anniversary of that horrific day which stunned us all.

Sunday afternoon, I started doing a "man on the street" shoot, randomly approaching people to ask for their thoughts about 9/11, and to ask if they'd mind being photographed for the community website, Patch.com. 

I spoke with the local volunteer firemen who related how they all came to headquarters that day to help any way they could .. A psychoanalyst who tries to dwell on the positive aspects of 9/11, how it pulled us all together .. The mother of 3 children, two of whom were just toddlers 10 years ago .. A group of teens who remember their parents sad reactions that day .. A former phys ed teacher who watched the towers burn from the roof of a New Jersey field house .. And a business owner who said he wants to remember the feelings of vulnerability and community that 9/11 inspired.

West Side Presbyterian Church was the site for an afternoon remembrance in Ridgewood, NJ, where 12 of its residents were lost.  A majestic place with seating for hundreds, every seat was taken.  The orchestra and choir presented a moving rendition of Gabriel Faure's Requiem.  (Click on any photo to enlarge).
As a stained glass artisan, I was in awe of the craftsmanship in these windows.
Flash was not permitted.  All photos taken with my Nikon D300s and Nikkor 70-200mm VR II 2.8 lens.  Most at ISO800, various f stops and shutter speeds.
This woman's face was so haunting, her sorrow.
People took a great deal of comfort in being together on this day.
Sixty photos from this, and two other memorials shot today, can be seen by clicking here, on Ridgewood Patch.com.  (Due to issues with the site's uploader, the first several photos are not in order).

Saturday, September 10, 2011

9/11 Anniversary Memorial at Intrepid Museum

A touching sunset ceremony was held at Intrepid's pier last night at the site of their 9/11 memorial.  Here are a few images from the evening. (Click on any to enlarge).
Active military, veterans, Intrepid staff and the public gathered on the pier to reflect on the events of 9/11 and to honor those who perished.
The 9/11 memorial is lit for the evening.
ROTC ladies holding roses to place at the memorial.
As the sun went down, people lined up to place a rose at the base of the memorial, two beams from the World Trade Center.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

9/11 Memorial Tree planted at Glen Rock Borough Hall

From Glen Rock Patch ..
"Glen Rock has come together and created a living memorial spread out across the borough to mark the 10 year anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

"The 11 Neighbors 11 Trees project saw to fruition the planting of 11 swamp oaks — one for each Glen Rock resident who died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
"The project culminated in a small event Thursday morning in which Mayor John van Keuren and others from various borough committees got together to plant the roots of the final tree."
Please click on Glen Rock Patch.com for the full article and to view 19 photos of the event.

9/11 North Jersey Photo tribute .. Ten Year Anniversary

My photo of Glen Rock's former mayor Richard Hahn was included in a wide ranging photo tribute to those we lost, and those who served, in our local North Jersey communities. See more photos and read the stories at Glen Rock Patch.com. The article is entitled "Ten Years Later .. How We Remember".

Mayor Hahn at the Glen Rock train station where he waited for residents to return from lower Manhattan on 9/11 .. Nikon D300s with Nikkor 18-200mm lens, ISO 200, f/22, 1/20s.

More photos on FaceBook or Proof Positive Photography website.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Lime Rock Park Road Racing - Vintage Cars Labor Day 2011

A great day up in Connecticut at Lime Rock Park on Labor Day 2011, enjoying all the beautiful vintage race cars .. (Click any image to enlarge).
A favorite, this vintage Maserati
Handlers rolling this beauty in the pit area.
These old cars just beg to be printed in black and white.  Shot with Nikon D300s, Nikkor 18-200mm lens at ISO 200, f/5.6 @ 1.1600s.
Racer coming back to the pit area.

Another deluge.

Click on my video below to watch the vintage cars racing in the rain.

Find more photos on FaceBook .. or visit Proof Positive Photography website.