Iwamoto's Photos

Painting with light.

Brandon Iwamoto is a freelance photographer based in Aurora, Colorado, USA

The Greatest Gift

This morning, the sergeant in the above picture met his son for the first time, Christmas eve only a month and a half after he was born. While covering the return of members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team to Fort Carson, I remembered weeks ago covering a Santa in Old Colorado City who mentioned it was tough being in such a heavily military town, because often times the kids just wants to see their moms and dads for Christmas. No promises, he said.

Well boys and girls, this morning Santa delivered. While it’s not everybody, this little event meant the world for 70 families at Fort Carson.

These affairs are always incredibly quick and never last long from entrance to exit, but today was even more expedited than usual, with families wanting to be together for Christmas. The latter photo was actually shot through a Christmas tree, with a 400mm lens.

After that was just a long day of listening to the scanner, nearly falling asleep and doing a whole lot of nothing until Barna came around and asked me to go with him and shoot some photos of last-minute shoppers at a local Wal-Mart.

Only officially one week left in my internship. Damn time flies.

That’s all for tonight, Merry Christmas to all and to all a…. whatever. Not terribly Christmasy mood, is it? Oh well, go open your presents and quit reading this lame blog!

/Brandon

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Miracle Baby

Interesting little story about a baby who, a year ago Christmas Eve, made major medical news across the country, even making Readers Digest this month. Apparently at birth his mother stopped breathing and she suffered cardiac arrest and, upon emergency c-section, the baby was not breathing either. Miraculously, they both just reawakened, with no explanation for either the cause or the salvation.

Very interesting, indeed… The above was shot with a pseudo-remote camera, placed at the center of the table with a cable release attached.

Before that was a little holiday party for a local Hispanic support group at the Citadel Mall, where families involved with this program basically came for presents and food. It was one of those difficult events where everybody was posing for the camera, posing their kids for the camera, and making as big a deal of my presence as possible. Makes my job difficult, quite contrary to their purpose, I assume.

Also was interesting speaking to the primarily Spanish-speaking folks there. My Spanish skills are very weak, having not taken classes for it since like 7th grade. I was doing pretty well too, until I accidentally said “Arigato” instead of “Gracias.” Japanese just kept popping into my head, there was nothing I could do!

Anyways, that’s all for the evening, hope you all had a great weekend and thanks for reading!

/Brandon