A week ago, I was thrilled to be a part of the annual Moms and More Halloween Stroll in Blue Back Square/ West Hartford Center. This is an event that is put together by the Moms and More group of West Hartford and it involves families bringing their children to the Center for a costume parade where the kids can trick or treat from store to store throughout Blue Back and the Center. This is always a very popular event, but this year it was more popular than ever with Hurricane Sandy threatening to cancel yet another Halloween night for the kids of Connecticut.
When I connected with Moms and More this summer to brainstorm some ideas for working together, I suggested having a photo booth at the Halloween Stroll where families could get a great shot of their kids in their costumes. The Moms and More ladies liked the idea and we decided to give it a shot.
I shot from 9:30am-10:30am in the Whole Foods parking lot and then, when the stroll began at 10:30, we packed up our station and moved up to a second location in front of the Toy Chest on Farmington Ave. And I am very happy to report that the photo booth was a HUGE success!! I photographed 85 families in just 2 hours! I was most surprised by the overwhelming response from the families I photographed that day. I have received tons of email from parents who just wanted to say thank you and let me know that they were so thrilled that we offered this opportunity. Here are are just a few comments I received this week (kept entirely anonymous, of course!):
“Kathryn, Thank you! I can’t believe you were able to capture this amidst all of that chaos! We’ve heard of you many times and will definitely reach out to you when we are ready for our next family photos! Thank you!”
“Hi Kathryn, Thank you so much for taking this photo of our son! It turned out great and you were wonderful! Thanks again for capturing this memory and allowing us to share it with family and friends! “
“Kathryn!!! These are SO CUTE!!! Totally amazing (and even more appreciated because all of my pics from that day sucked). Thanks so much! I’m in love with these pictures!”
“Hi Kathryn, Thank you so much for the great photo!! This was such a great idea to have at the stroll, not to mention a affordable price!! Loved your website’s photos & I liked your Facebook page.”
“Dear Kathryn, A wonderful photo and such a great addition to the WH Halloween Stroll. Thanks very much!”
“Thank you so much! These are adorable. I really appreciate you doing this for M&M”
There were many more like these, but that gives you a sense of the amazing response from the community to this event and to the photo booth, in particular. I just want to thank again all of the amazing women from Moms and More of West Hartford
(who started working MONTHS before this event to organize and plan it), the West Hartford police, the management and stores in Blue Back and the Center, Whole Foods, and everyone else who donated their time and hard work to make this happen. West Hartford is such an awesome community and I absolutely love that I live in a town where people work so hard to do something so amazing for the children and families in our area.
So enough of my writing, let’s get to the fun part! Here are some of my favorite shots from the day. The first batch came from my Whole Foods photo booth tent and the second batch were from my outdoor setup in front of the Toy Chest. All were shot with natural light. Prepare yourself for a boatload of cuteness:-) Enjoy!
Last, but not least, here’s a shot of the adorable kids of the Out and About Mom
team. Check out their blog to read Mandy and Shawnas’ post about the Halloween Stroll and to see read about all of the fabulous things there are to do in Connecticut with young children. You can also check out their post from this past summer
about their big photo shoot with yours truly as we worked to update the photos on their blog.