BEST BEFORE DATE
Now that she is a little older, I wanted to photograph Molly in her Halloween costume the night before the big event, so I unpacked my 8x10 Deardorff and wrestled with my faculties to remember what film I had in the holders. When she came out, Molly was wearing part of her costume from the previous year, a cat inspired outfit that yielded enormous amounts of candy in her bag, to the point where she was literally dragging it home at the end of the night.
Her pumpkin is just heavy enough that it is a bit of a struggle to hold it, and to hold reasonably still in the failing light of a late October evening, so after two sheets of her kneelling by it, she stood up with the pumpkin in hand and I made one exposure on some Kodak T-Max film that is well and truly past its "best before date."
As I processed the film, I realized that a new tradition had been born that night. I will endeavour to make a portrait each year on the evening prior to Halloween, in the costume from the previous year… hopefully always with my 8x10 camera.