Thanks to the connections of a friend I was put in touch with Adam of Yellow Barn Design. In addition to his regular projects, he does a lot of work in his community and I was excited to head to the Village of Homewood to photograph their annual baseball parade for some of their marketing projects.
It was my first trip to this small town, so I packed up the family for an adventure 30 miles south of the city. We definitely weren’t in Chicago anymore with ample (free!) street parking and cars that yielded to pedestrians. It made a nice change for sure. I’m a city girl at heart but there is a place between suburbs and country that really appeals to me. It’s small town America with locally owned businesses, green lawns, walkable streets, and a certain neigborly charm.
The day was a bit chilly but there was sun and blue skies, a minor miracle given the torrential rain of Thursday and the snow (!) of Friday. The brisk temperatures didn’t stop the community from coming together as always to watch their baseball teams as they marched through town tossing candy (read: chucking! Those little leaguers have good arms, watch out MLB!) while inspiring smiles and cheers from their supporters. It truly was a little slice of Americana from the colorful uniforms to the American flags lining the streets. The interaction between everyone was amazing, the older kids playing around knocking each others hats off while the younger kids literally ran around in circles enjoying the freedom of being outside and untethered. Several little ones made detours to where I was positioned on the sidelines to make sure I got a piece of candy too!
I love being a photographer. The chance to be a part of and apart from the action as well. To feel welcomed and included but able to blend in enough to get shots of special moments. It was an honor to have been invited to spend the afternoon in this community and to have had the opportunity to capture the day. Good luck to all the teams this season!
There’s that candy chucking I mentioned.
Now this is what I call Team Work!