I loved New Years Eve growing up as a child. I loved that I was able to stay up late but more then that I loved the warmth of the festivities. My mom always made each occasion as fabulous as possible. From teeny tiny food with fancy toothpicks, bubbly fruit punches, and then the “Ashleigh Special” newspaper confetti & a balloon drop. New Years was definitely top 3 for favorite holidays in my home.
On New Years Eve I’d get to work early in the morning cutting strips of newspaper into teeny tiny squares and filling them into grocery bags behind our leather couches. I’d blow up bags of balloons to jimmy-rig into a surprise balloon drop at midnight. Come party time I’d proudly hand out bags of this homemade confetti and at midnight we’d let it rain! Snow angels in this recycled confetti was customary and full out wars with facefulls of newsprint via mouth were welcomed. I wanted to be in NYC when the ball dropped and the glitter poured down so I made my own recycled version.Looking back on it I take three things away from my New Years Eve experiences growing up as a child. 1. My mom was brilliant for giving me that time consuming job. 2. I’m still addicted to confetti and glitter. 3. I need an excuse to use it more as an adult.
So….. I’m making confetti poppers to include with my new and improved packaging! Fairly my love for confetti is surrounded around the moment when little glittery bits soar in the air and you are filled with childlike playfulness and a bit of wonder and awe.
Playfulness is what inspires me as a photographer.
So when your photos arrive, and you get this little jimmy-rigged popper, I want you to be reminded once more that your little moments are worth getting excited over and celebrated! Even if it’s just in your kitchen, on a tuesday afternoon, please let it rain confetti both literally and figuretly. You’re worth celebrating!
Live, Love, & Capture.