Monday, September 13, 2010

Shoot to Scare: Haunted Mansion Photoshoot

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Sometimes, you should judge a book by its cover.

Six years ago, I started working at the Upper Main Line YMCA as a camp counselor. Since then, I've chaperoned middle school dances, dressed like a pirate, and built "haunted  mines" that are scary enough to make children (and a number of adults) scream. One of the biggest events that I work on is the Haunted Mansion fundraiser we do every year to raise money to help families pay for camp (last year brought in more than $5,800).

History Lesson: The Y is based around the three-story Cassatt mansion, which is more than 100 years old. It was built by J. Gardner Cassatt, financier and brother of impressionist painter Mary Cassatt.

The other function I've helped to fill at the Y is photographer in-residence...kind of. Last year, I did a promotional photoshoot making ghosts for our "Bedlam in Berwyn" theme. This year, it's "Witches of Easttown", so I had to come up with a concept to show that. Our story is of a young girl named Molly who's family moved from New England to run away from a dark past, only to find more problems in their new town.

Shooting this, I had a couple extra pairs of hands, which is good when you're working in the woods after sunset. The end result tells the story of our dark and brooding pro/antagonist, eerily reading in the dark, with shadowy characters lurking behind her in the dark. Sounds like teenage angst to me.

More photos after the break.

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