Memory of a Melody 2013

(MOAM) Memory of a Melody 4 minute mini-documentary. This is just a short segment of hopefully a longer production.

“Mask” by Memory of a Melody

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The Cake Smash

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One of the newest trends in consumer photography has been the Cake Smash Photo Session. Traditionally, the celebration of the tots first birthday may have included a small cake in which the kiddo was allowed to destroy at the party, but it has become popular recently to set up a photo session before the party and use the photos for invites and flyers. Cake smashes can also be done at the party, but elaborate studio or in home sessions provide a memorable keepsake for parents to cherish. It takes a small bit of planning and Pinterest is full of suggestions and photo ideas. Etsy has everything you need for props and outfits and local cake stores can usually provide a smaller cake with the purchase of a large one.

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The Pinterest DIY Pumpkin Stand


So last October someone got this great idea to repurpose pallets and make a Pumpkin Stand for a photo prop. Pinterest is full of these photos and DIY blogs showing you all the ways you can save money and create an inexpensive prop to use in themed photo sessions. I must say I was rather excited to build something, and picking up free pallets was no problem. I went to Home Depot and bought some nails, sandpaper and the rest of the supplies I already had. Well, I must say deconstructing a pallet looks easier than it really is. The wood is hardened, the nails rusted and usually there are multiple nails as the pallets have been used and repaired multiple times.

I started off with a plan and it just fell apart. The measurements were all different, the amount of sawing and sanding was beyond what I imagined and at the end of the day I was left with a not so pretty heavy makeshift stand. So at the 11th hour I went back to Home Depot, selected light woods like cedar and pine and constructed my pumpkin stand. I made it in three pieces that could easily break down for transport and it was lightweight. The stand itself can also be used as a kissing booth, hot cocoa stand etc. I may have saved money going the repurposing pallets route, but as far as a final product that looks good and meets all my needs, I’m glad I spent the few extra dollars and made something beautiful!

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Curtis M. LeBlanc

Curtis M. LeBlanc

…and then one day I looked into the mirror and saw an older man with grey hair in his beard, cracks in his face and a discernible contemplation in his eyes.
It was as if time had unknowingly crept up and stolen the memory of all the subtle changes throughout the years, leaving him perplexed in thought at a seemingly familiar face he could barely recognize.
Wasn’t it just the other day he was borrowing his fathers razor or popping unsightly zits…how have the minutes of each day getting ready, standing in front of this mirror, added up to the age before him now summed up in the reflection?
As I continued to ponder, I drew my attention closely to his eyes in hopes they would reveal some fathomable explanation to my uneasy wonderment.
It was there that the truer vastness of time had left its imprint. Laid out before me just behind those eyes were all of the joys and horrors of his life, the faces and places he’s seen and witnessed.
It was in that moment that his appearance no longer held any curiosity or confusion…as if I found my familiarity with this face.
I then stood back a bit, and with purpose and intention looked deeply at this reflection before me…settling into it, in hopes that next time…beyond the aging face, I would unquestionably recognize him.

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