In the midst of COVID-19, the Booth Photography Guild is putting a social-distancing twist on a holiday keepsake. The group has created a way for families to continue the time-honored tradition of capturing a photo with Santa, thanks to the members’ artistry and modern technology.
“A new member of the guild, Jim Edwards of Cartersville, approached me with the idea of bringing joy to children and families who cannot experience the traditional visit with Santa due to 2020’s COVID and social distancing,” BPG President Lynn Henderson said. “I related!
“When I was growing up, my family kept an ongoing album of my visits with Santa; the album served as a timeline for that special tradition and my growth. As it turns out, many families chronicle their children's years by keeping annual ‘Photos with Santa.’ Jim didn’t want this year to be a void and thought we could help.”
Henderson shared the holiday offering is a “perfect fit” for the Booth Photography Guild’s members, who are excited to tackle this composite photography project.
“What better time is there for us to practice this new skill than during all of the down-time during COVID social distancing,” she said, referring to the art of composite photography. “At the same time, we are able to ‘give back’ to the children/families of the communities during this holiday.
“Jim, I and another board member have met several times to create the process. We have the submission instructions ready and we have photographers lined up eagerly waiting their assignments. Now all we need are families who would like their child’s image composited into a keepsake photograph with Santa 2020.”
To obtain a free composite photo, individuals need to submit up to five images per child to BPGSanta2020@gmail.com. Henderson recommends people provide photos — captured with a traditional camera or cellphone — featuring various sitting and standing poses for each child.
“We’d like several poses so that we have choices of which to merge with our collection of Santa photographs from years past,” she said. “Each family will receive via email one final 5x7 digital photo of their child with Santa. It’ll be a digital file ready for them to print or to take to CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, etc."
Formed in 2010, the BPG is comprised of about 175 members from Georgia and Tennessee.
According to https://boothphotographyguild.org, “The Booth Photography Guild offers educational opportunities related to all aspects of digital photography and is open to anyone interested in the art of photography. The BPG is supported by the Booth Western Art Museum, which is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. The guild’s volunteer leadership comes from dedicated and accomplished photographers from north Georgia. The museum offers local, regional and national programming on photography-related topics as part of its overall educational mission.
“The guild, which is intended for photographers of all levels and experience, offers education to its members who are striving to master their skills. Networking and socializing opportunities are also provided.”