There are many great things about being a Dad. But when you’re a Hillsborough, NJ Photographer who also happens to be a Dad of a student, you get some fun opportunities to put your skills to good use.
Back in April, the kindergartners at my daughters school had the opportunity to observe the early life of baby chicks, starting out as eggs. The eggs and equipment were provided by a local farmer. Of course, the chicks went back to the farm, before they got too big for the classroom!
When the day came for the parents to visit, the teachers had put together a full presentation with the kids. They sang songs, we did a craft together and the teachers even put together a slideshow presentation, so we could see the baby chicks with the kids in the classrooms.
One of the best parts for me was the ability to not only document the event through photography, but to then be able to share those photos with the families, with the help of the teachers. Parents who hadn’t been able to attend, were able to see photos from the day. Families that did attend, got to see things through a different set of eyes, or got to see things they hadn’t noticed, while they were busy with their own kids.
The Baby Chicks and the Hillsborough, NJ Photographer
But as a photographer, it was a field day. Really, how often do you get up close and personal with a brood of chicks?
So I popped on the 17-70mm Sigma lens and went to town.
The chicks were still small enough to be handled with ease, but some of them felt the need to explore. This made it easy to get some fun shots of them both in the hand and on their own.
I’m looking forward to the years of school events we have ahead of us. I really am. To be a proud Dad is awesome all by itself. But knowing I have the skills to document those events makes me feel even better about securing these memories for my daughter!
ISO 1600; f/4.5; (multiple shutter speeds), Aperture Priority Mode, Evaluative Metering
Processed in Adobe Lightroom 5 (beta).