On Saturday, I had the pleasure of “shooting” my niece and one of her best friends. Grace wanted color guard pictures. We met at the lakeside next to my church and sent the next hour taking pictures. I had a few poses in mind, but when you have fifteen-year-old clients, you go with their flow. They had their own ideas for poses, including “action shots.”
What made this a special shoot for me is that it brought back memories of my junior and senior years in high school when I was in the marching band color guard. Marching styles were completely different. In 1975 and 1976, we used a strict military marching style. The band marched into the stadium to full cadence (I miss hearing the various drum cadences. Drum taps are just not the same) in block formation. The concert number was played standing still; there was a separate percussion feature. And the color guard performed either band front or in the back. I was part of the honor guard the first year in the band. I carried one of the rifles at “right-shoulder arms.” Occasionally, we went to a port arms position.
The next year, I worked the flag. Yes, I said FLAG. We used the heavy brass pikes with 4 ft by 6 ft silks. We twirled and spun them. We used strict positions: right shoulder, port, and similar positions. The flag work was extremely precise. And if there was any dancing, it was done by a dance team (there were a few) or by majorettes (and there were quite a few of them).
And without further ado, let me introduce you to Grace and Marcy.
The girls decided not to use all their props or wear their band uniforms. Grace designed and ordered the sweat shirts. (I should have taken some pictures of the back of the shirt!).
I don’t know about the girls, but I enjoyed this photo session.