I've said it before and I'll say it again, I have a major soft spot for large, extended families. My mother comes from a family of 8 so I grew up with holidays, birthdays and many a random days filled with cousins upon cousins, and aunts and uncles dancing, playing and laughing ourselves to tears. Because a wicked sharp sense of humor is our dominant family trait, good times were/are always had.
This past Labor Day, a client I had worked with several times previously (thanks Martha + Tyler!) reached out to me to see if I would be interested in taking on a gig documenting their annual family get together, affectionately dubbed, Legacy Days.
Tyler went on to paint a picture of what 'Legacy Days' was, and even though it was out of my usual scope of work (remember how I like to break out of my boxes I put myself in) I was more than pumped to take on the challenge and bear witness to this family tradition.
Labor Day rolled around and I headed up to the family ranch in Heber, Ut. Now, Heber is beautiful in its own right and reminds me a lot of the sleepy country town I grew up in (Morgan), but when I turned onto the Dickman family ranch and made my way down the willow-tree-lined-lane, I was greeted with acres upon acres of intricate landscaping, 3 lakes (that I could see), and more animal sculptures and real live animals than I could count. I was floored.
This wasn't some slopped together backyard bbq either, this was a legitimate EVENT complete with commercial grade signs bearing the 'Legacy Days 2016' logo, a 'ho-down' on Day 1 with a professional dj/line dance announcer, and a full-on rodeo (and parade) documented by a videographer and drone specialist on Day 2.
I thoroughly enjoyed shooting in full 'fly-on-the-wall' documentary mode (and would love to do more of it), and kept wishing my family celebrated family time like this.
Grab a cup of tea, get cozy, and enjoy! This ain't no quickie post.
'Legacy' Celebration | Ho-Down
Float Decorating | Parade | Rodeo
BUSTIN' MUTTON RIDES
Objective: stay on sheep the longest
Objective: fastest one around the barrels
MILK THE TEETS
Objective: collect most milk from goat
Objective: collect all the bandanas off of sheep