Island Spotlight: Randi Baird and Faces from the Front Lines

HOW DID YOU DISCOVER YOUR LOVE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY?
 
From a very early age, I was attracted to the arts. I loved arts and crafts, 2D, 3D, pottery, drawing, painting as well as piano playing. When it was time to think about high school, my parents suggested I apply to a special art high school in New York City – Art & Design on East 56 Street. I applied and was accepted, and photography became my favorite class to attend. I then went on to study Photography at Syracuse University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography ’87.
 
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE SPOT OR TWO ON THE VINEYARD THAT CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF THE ISLAND EACH SEASON?   
 
I’ve lived on Martha’s Vineyard for the last 24 years, and it continues to offer me new locations and hidden gems that I can share with my family portrait clients. I especially love the South Shore and South Beach for its expansive views, interesting dunes, and lush seagrass. For those that want more of a nautical feel with boats, docks and beach plums, the Edgartown Lighthouse is another one of my favorite locations for photography sessions. You can read about some more of my favorite spots  here.  
 
 
ANY TIPS FOR TAKING PHOTOS OF KIDS OR FAMILY PORTRAITS?
 
If you’re taking photos of your kids, kneel down so the camera is at their height at eye level. It doesn’t distort the photograph, and it’s a fun perspective of your kids. It can be a challenge to capture your entire family in one shot, but if you want to give it a try, get a tripod, an extended shutter release, and tickle your kids while you keep clicking the release button. 
WE HEARD YOU WERE DOCUMENTING SOME OF THE FIRST RESPONDERS ON THE ISLAND, CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT THE PROJECT?
 
Yes, my project is entitled Everyday Heroes, the Faces from the Front Line .
 
When the shutter in place order first became effective on March 14th I knew I had to do something to support the crisis. I realized that while many were hunkered down at home staying safe, there was a band of resilient men and women braving risk and exposure to serve our community every day. By employing innovation and creativity, exhibiting strong leadership, adaptability, and relentless determination, these local heroes have been stepping up to keep our community afloat during this pandemic. I am compelled to capture them in their selfless moments of service, to share their stories and highlight their efforts, and to give a voice to these people who are holding up and keeping our community intact.
 
From the hospital employees providing care to the sick, the delivery drivers hauling supplies to the Island, the grocery store employees stocking the shelves, the school cafeteria workers and pantry volunteers providing meals for our vulnerable families, there is an overwhelming number of people who are serving as critical lifelines to our community.
 
Our collective health and well being is dependent on the actions of these brave individuals who have been deployed across the Island to keep our rock up and running, and who remind us everyday how critical it is for us to band together, especially in times of need. Their efforts speak volumes for their character and dedication, and their acts of compassion and generosity serve as a silver lining amid a crisis we will never forget. 
 
You can read more about the project here and follow along
with Randi’s daily profiles on her Instagram and Facebook accounts.
 
 
Thank you, Randi, for the inside scoop and we look forward to seeing you on South Beach with your camera and our guests this summer.

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Feeling grateful this weekend and can not wait to welcome you back in just a few short weeks 📸: @catboatcharters
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Keep them coming! We’ve been receiving some amazing #MyVintageSummer submissions and we’re looking forward to seeing more. Tap the link in our bio to learn how submitting a vintage vacation photo could win you a stay with us or our sister resort @thenantucket! While you’re there, check out the other submissions in our virtual scrapbook, like this one from @amoskovitz!
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Love this lighthouse and this shot by @crossroadsgallery. What sights are you looking forward to in your return to the island?
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This red bi-plane is a familiar sight in the sky above the Winnetu. Hoping to hear its engines roar again soon. 📸: @lucydahl4 .
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Take 10% off select weekly rentals with us this summer. Follow the link in our bio for more.

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This week we caught up with Ryan Smith of MV based Select Oysters. Link in bio to read our conversation with Ryan! #Winnetu #NewEngland #igersNewEngland #MV #MarthasVineyard #Vineyard #TimelessSummer ...

On this week’s Island Spotlight, we spoke with Chick Stapleton at @islandspiritkayak to learn more about the business and their involvement with Sengekontacket Pond. Link in bio to read on! .
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This week we’re talking to Lindsay Brown at the @farminstitute in Katama (our neighbors!). Link in bio to read on! ...

Thinking of sunny days and good company- share your Winnetu memory with #Winnetu and we’ll share it on our Instagram Story! 📸: @rosemary.tufankjian ...

During this difficult time, we are trying to remain positive, looking forward to brighter days. We are wishing that everyone remains healthy and safe.

To help bring some Island-life to our guests who may be missing the Vineyard, we are launching a series of conversations featuring some of our favorite Martha's Vineyard small businesses and organizations. And some, are just right outside our door. Link in bio to read on!
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We love this foggy shot by @bostonchigirl. Share your Winnetu memory with us at #Winnetu and we’ll share it to our story! 📸: @bostonchigirl #Winnetu #MV #NewEngland #igersNewEngland #MarthasVineyard ...

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Say hello to our new Winnetu firetruck! A 1953 Ford F600 pumper. We can’t wait to get it dressed up with a Winnetu logo and ride guests around in it! #Winnetu #VintageTruck #AntiqueFiretruck #MV #NewEngland #igersNewEngland #MarthasVineyard ...

During this uncharted moment, our thoughts are with our local community, our wonderful guests, and on the long summer days ahead of us 📸: @bekah_cherise .
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We’re excited to offer our guests complimentary fudge making classes with our friends over at @murdicksfudgemv this season. Check out the Spring section of our new website for more info! .
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Sound the alarm! We were named #1 hotel on Martha’s Vineyard by @usnews! Follow the link in our bio to learn why they call us the island’s “sought-after vacation haven”! .
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We’re thrilled to announce the appointment of Colin Coyle to Executive Chef at the Winnetu! . You could say that Colin was born in a kitchen, as his father has been a professional chef for his entire life. However, officially Colin got his start in the culinary-arts in Florida at The Dye Preserve Country Club in 2012 and progressed to have more and more responsibility in better and better kitchens throughout South Florida – usually holding down multiple culinary jobs to get as much exposure to various cuisines, techniques and flavor profiles as possible. No stranger to the Vineyard, Colin has been at the very busy and highly acclaimed Red Cat Kitchen in Oak Bluffs as the Sous Chef, for Restaurateur Ben Deforest, the last 4 summers. ...

All calm and bright in the new year | 📸: @vineyardlights .
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Thanks for an amazing season everyone! We’ll see you all on South Beach in 2020!
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You’re almost out of time to join us for @mvfoodandwine festival! If you change your mind, we’ll throw in a bottle of wine and cheese plate! Call us up and mention WINEFEST19! .
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@mvfoodandwine is just around the corner. Head to the link in our bio for the lowdown on what we’ll be up to throughout the weekend! ...