Boston's nighttime frightseeing tour - ghosts & gravestones
A few weeks after I photographed Boston's Old Town Trolley Tour
at Fenway Park, they asked me back to capture their nighttime tour, called Ghosts & Gravestones
! They had never had any professional photos done and were so excited to finally have some!
This is their ticket booth which is located on Cross Street in Boston, and is connected to the Marriott Long Warf. One of the windows in this picture will soon feature my photos of the Ghosts & Gravestones cast! I can't wait to walk by and see the display!
Normally when you see the trolley around town it is filled with tourists... Not on this day!
We all rode together to the shoot location.
This is the cast of Ghosts & Gravestones.
They are the craziest bunch of people I've ever met! What a blast it was to ride with them... non stop joking and laughing; they are so very entertaining. It definitely takes a certain type of person to pull off their job.
By the way, this was the first time that all eleven of them had ever been together at the same time!
Meet the gravedigger!
Our location was the Copp's Hill
burial ground in the North End of Boston.
Our only costume change for the night... He only puts this on for special occasions.
My amazing assistant-for-the-day, Shyla, captured this photo of me working!
Shy, thank you so much for your positive attitude and photo mastery. Your cheerful laugh & friendly smile was an asset to the day.
Check out her GREAT photos from the day, here on her blog
This is one of my favorites. I love his shirt, bloody stitches and silver strangle chain!
Finally, a friendly face in the graveyard! Or, is it a trick?
Evan also manages the Ghosts & Gravestones tour. I first met with him at his office a few months ago to discuss our plans for the shoot. Then I decided to go on an actual tour to see what it was like, and Evan ended up being my guide for the night. It was so funny to experience him in character after also meeting him in real life. He looked at me like he had never seen me before!
Kat's also a master in the creative department! She joined the cast a few years ago after designing their window display.
This was our Ghosts & Gravestones group shot.
This particular shot was a little more complicated then it looks. My battery lighting has two heads to it and only stretches so far. Lighting both the front and back of the group was tricky! Shyla was a real trooper though, holding the front soft box high above her head long enough for me to get the perfect shot, without complaining!
The entire group was really helpful as well, both in listening to my direction, staying still, and not knocking over any buckets of dry ice! Yes, the smoke you see is dry ice. I purchased 100 pounds of dry ice so that we could play with it at the graveyard. Unfortunately, because it was so temperamental, we only got to use it for this one shot. I still think it was worth it though :)
Special thanks to Joe at Cabot's for loaning me his ice cream coolers to transport the dry ice!
This picture is perhaps one of my favorites of all time! I LOVE their matching faces!
The guys of Ghosts & Gravestones!
This was going to be a girls shot, but one of the guys creeped in the background, and I think it's PERFECT as is!
As we were leaving the graveyard Shyla and I noticed this interesting cluster of headstones. I love this one, too!
Lastly, the gang was hoping to get a picture of them all together, spread apart in the graveyard. What better than a panoramic!
I REALLY commend these guys for pulling it off... Yes, I took the picture (or, pictures, as this is the culmination of about 15 individual shots), but it would not have worked if everyone did not stand completely still for about 5 minutes! That's dedication.
Click HERE to see it in detail.
My favorite part of this shoot is that these photos weren't faked for PR - this is the true spirit of the Ghosts & Gravestones
If you are ever looking for something fun to do before dinner, consider taking their tour. Not only is everything you'll learn about Boston's history very interesting, but you also receive a theatrical performance second to none. Don't forget to tell them I sent you!
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