"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh

The Most People I’ve Photographed at One Time

Somehow I got the whole congregation in the frame.   Maybe I needed a wider lens for so many in a group shot  but it didn’t matter. Pastor Karen Garland  is seated to the right of front and center.  She asked for this shot  and everyone gathered together.  This is her congregation. They felt the love and squeezed in together, getting rid of the air!  I stood on a chair.  This is the fifth year I’ve photographed the Zion Apostolic Assembly Christmas Dinner.  Tonight it was at the Churchill Country Club.  There was a choir, mimes, preaching, gift baskets and a good dinner and dessert.    My friend Yvette invites me every year.  Their  church is in McKeesport. It was a former Catholic church and has a beautiful stained glass window of a saint but the name escapes me for them moment.One time I went there and shot a wedding. They do a lot of good for many.  Tutoring, Boys to Men and Girls to Women Youth Programs. It is an honor to be invited to share the evening together and I know they appreciate the photos I shoot.

Pastor Karen Garland and the Zion Apostolic Assembly of McKeesport, PA

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26 responses

  1. This is so beautiful, and made me smile before bed! Thank you! You did a fantastic job capturing the love and light of this congregation!! :)

    December 5, 2011 at 12:36 am

  2. Great picture. :)

    December 5, 2011 at 4:10 am

  3. Kristin

    I agree. You can feel the love in this photo. Great shot Ruth!

    December 5, 2011 at 6:49 am

  4. BEth Piraino

    Sounds like a fun group. A beautiful picture

    December 5, 2011 at 6:50 am

  5. Cj

    I love this picture : )

    December 5, 2011 at 7:15 am

  6. Very lovely and wonderful that they include you in their circle of love….

    December 5, 2011 at 7:18 am

  7. Gail

    Love the photo, love that the smiles come from different generations. That’s what makes gatherings extra special for me

    December 5, 2011 at 7:28 am

  8. what a great shot

    December 5, 2011 at 8:27 am

  9. Sue Reinfeld

    That is an impressive picture – I can pick out Yvette’s beautiful smile.

    December 5, 2011 at 8:43 am

  10. Vincie

    Lovely photo!

    December 5, 2011 at 8:48 am

  11. You did a great job of capturing (what I count as) 93 smiling faces. Some really interesting folk in there, not to mention the little ones.

    Smashing.

    Mark

    December 5, 2011 at 10:26 am

    • Awesome! I was wondering how many of us there were! WOO Go Zion! Thank you for counting! :)

      December 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm

  12. What a great story!

    December 5, 2011 at 11:29 am

  13. What a great shot fo some pretty happy people! The little girls in their holiday best and the boys in their suits. I’d love to have seen them at the end of the evening.

    December 5, 2011 at 11:32 am

    • Shockingly enough, this IS them at the end of the evening! The parents made great usage of the large napkins this year ;).

      December 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm

  14. connie

    I feel the promise of good promising futures in the smiles of the young people and the joy of love and community on the adults faces. Beautiful.

    December 5, 2011 at 5:39 pm

  15. Erica Wells

    Beautiful and moving ….. thanks, Ruth!

    December 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm

  16. mykids6

    Love this… Ruth you are a gift….

    December 5, 2011 at 8:03 pm

  17. Alleca Standard

    Mrs. Ruth, you are the bombbbbbbb!!!!!!! lol! You can take my picture anytime. It is always a pleasure having you there, you are apart of the family! Thank you.

    December 5, 2011 at 8:17 pm

  18. Once upon a time I sang in a gospel choir at an AME church – it was a great congregation. I love the vitality of that type of CHURCH! :)

    December 5, 2011 at 9:43 pm

  19. That is a terrific photo!

    December 5, 2011 at 11:17 pm

  20. Matty

    Lots of nice smiles, must have been a good time :)

    December 7, 2011 at 6:43 am

  21. you made me smile!

    December 7, 2011 at 11:09 am

  22. I’ve sent a link to twitter – I’m following you there too …

    +

    December 7, 2011 at 11:12 am

  23. Love this group shot! I can just imagine the giggles and jokes as they prepared for this click! Thanks for sharing.

    January 2, 2012 at 11:43 am

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