Jay Fisher's picture
Protégé

'Twas the night before Christmas

And all though the place
Not a camera was clicking
No lights in the face

The flex-kit was hung in the studio with care
In hope that St Hurley soon would be there

The Photographers nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of new lenses danced in their heads;

And me in my sweats and the dogs in my lap,
Had just settled our brains for a long netflix nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the couch to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I put my mask on,
Pulled back the curtains, and tried not to yawn.

The full moon reflecting off new-fallen snow,
Gave specular highlights to the objects below,

When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sailboat, crew, engineer,

With a little old Captain so lively and burly,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Hurley.

More rapid than eagles his associates they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:

"Now, Perdo! now, Jeku! now Garret and James!
On, Brittney! on, Stacey! on, Suzanne and Elaine!

To the top of the Studio! backdrop to the wall!
Now photograph! photograph! photograph all!"

So up to the lighting kits, the pro-boards too
With a tethered computer, and tripod anew—

As I jammed out my forehead, and started to squinch,
On the sailboat St. Hurley was running the winch.

He was dressed all in white, from his shorts to tee,
And his clothes were all soaked from the waves of the sea;

A bundle of cameras he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a model just (well, 20 years back).

He had a big smile and an ambifacial look
(At least, that was something I read in his book)

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon framed up a photo, from shoulders to head;

He spoke many words, and composed his shot,
And pressed down the shutter; my headshot was hot!

And flipping through photos with much haraunge,
And giving a nod, he shouted "Sha-BANG!";

He sprang to his boat, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all sailed like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he sailed out of sight—
“Happy Squinching to all, and to all a good night!”

29 Comments

Jon Meadows's picture
Mentor

Bra-expletive-vo.

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

I’m speechless! WOW!!! Couldn’t have been more perfect than that. Deserves a major SHABANG!!! Thank you for this Jay. You put a tremendous smile on my face. Happy Holidays!!!

Jay Fisher's picture
Protégé

So happy to hear that :) Happy Holidays!!

Jay Fisher's picture
Protégé

Meeting a bunch of the Crew last night showed me there's an awesome community here, that I'm excited to become a part of!

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

So glad to hear it! This is amazing great seeing you in there last night.

Neetan Sapra's picture
Protégé

WOW Jay, some talent that is way beyond anyone I know. Good Job, happy Holidays to you and the Headshot Crew!

Brodie Ledford's picture
Protégé

Great read Christmas morning! Shaaaaaabaaaaaang!
👍🏻

Nigel Beaumont's picture
Protégé

Brilliant Jay

Kim Dalton's picture
Crew Mom

Wow!! This is perfect! Merry Christmas crew family! ❤

Danial Ficek's picture
Protégé

Awesome...

Barry Braunstein's picture
Associate

Very cool Jay! You've got a hidden talent!!!! Thanks and Happy Holidays to all!

Beth Madison's picture
Associate

Wow, this is fantastic, Jay!!! Well done!!! Great writing skills. We have to save this to use it each year. Would someone print this out and frame it, for Peter??

Veronica Esqueda's picture
Protégé

Talent! Wonderful! This needs to be printed and framed!

Mark Denney's picture
Protégé

Now that's talent....Merry Christmas everyone

Robert Feiner's picture
Protégé

That’s awesome! We need a video version for this! 😎🎄🎥

Mark Denney's picture
Protégé

With Peter reading it to us

Robert Feiner's picture
Protégé

Definitely! As Hurley Peterson 😆

Jon Meadows's picture
Mentor

Yes, Mark. And, yes, Robert!

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

I’ll do it!

Sam Ennett's picture
Protégé

Fantastic, Jay! This is so great!

Michel Zwanenburg's picture
Protégé

Wow!! Amazing!!

James Van Hees's picture
Mentor

Tremendous Jay. So creative!! Awesome.

Garret Buckley's picture
Associate

Frickin awesome Jay! Thanks for posting

Jay Fisher's picture
Protégé

Thanks for all the love, everyone :) Glad I was able to make a few people smile. Excited to be a part of this community!

Scott Endersby's picture
Protégé

This is GREAT!!!

Chris Hietikko's picture
Protégé

Brilliant

Don Carrick's picture
Associate

Shabangin' Jay! Love it; thanks for posting.

Lynda J. Chan's picture
Protégé

Love this, Jay! Very well done--all that wit and little nods, right down to putting on your mask lol. I want to keep this :)

Paul Bowers's picture
Protégé

Very nice...