I wish I’d gone to the two proms I just went to in the opposite order, because I learned a few things this last Saturday. My friend’s granddaughter had arranged to have photos taken as a group with some of her friends, and that sounded like fun. My friend had informed me that I was invited to take photos at this event also. But at the last minute we discovered that one of the families had hired a professional photographer to do the shoot, and it was mentioned that he’d have equipment, meaning lights and such. This news had me wondering if we’d be welcome to take our own photos, and I was immediately intimidated, but off we went to a nearby mansion where the photos would be taken on the grounds.
I needn’t have worried. The photographer showed up in his shorts, with just his hand held camera, and immediately began to banter with the kids and loosen them up. It was determined that they were a group of friends with only one couple among them, and he began marching them around the grounds of this old mansion and posing them with lots of humor. I found his choices of backgrounds to be interesting, and there were lots of shots where he had them all posed but looking to the side at him, so I couldn’t get his same angle and I’m looking forward to seeing his shots. Of course we were all taking photos at the same time, and he’d tell the kids to just look at him, and after his shots he’d tell them to stay put to give us all a chance at it. It was such fun.
And this tiny little NH town goes the extra mile for these kids. They were all assembled at a back parking lot at the venue where they were all having dinner and the prom itself, and they were announced by name, and then each couple or group of friends, would come walking down the driveway approach to cheers from what appeared to be the entire town. What a fun tradition. But while we were all waiting for the main event what did we hear but an ice cream truck! Soon I saw little kids with ice cream and I was thinking that it was terrible to have that distraction when the event we were all waiting for would begin in just a few minutes. But as the truck came into view I realized that these were prom goers manning the truck, and tossing ice cream into the crowd! What an entrance! A little slice of small town living in NH…
And here you have the soon to be crowned Prince and Princess of the prom!