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.

The Winnetu on Instagram

Being the only hotel on Katama Bay, we’re neighbors with some of the finest oyster farming in the world. Our partnership with @signatureoysterfarm provides us with fresh oysters farmed by husband and wife team Ryan and Julia Smith, straight out of Katama Bay and delivered right to our back door and onto your plate (or cocktail!) at @thedunesmv.
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Congrats to @mpappag, the latest winner of our #MyVintageSummer series! Her vintage summer photo stirred our Timeless Summer heartstrings and captured the essence of a day of adventures under the sun. If you have a vintage family photo that you think will do the same, share it with us and you might win a Winnetu vacation (or one with our sister resort, @thenantucket). Tap the link in our bio to learn more, and happy summering!
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Leave your car on the mainland and take advantage of our Arrive & Drive option. We’ll arrange to have a rental Jeep, Mini Cooper, or one of several other options waiting for you at the ferry when you arrive! 📸: @mrsnipple_
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What’s your island ride? This is one of ours. 📸: @homewiththewileys
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Every day feels like the weekend here in Katama 📸: @mrsnipple_
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Congratulations to our third #MyVintageSummer winner, Laurie Donahue, whose vintage family summer photograph we used to create this poster for our 2020 Season.
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Laurie’s photo captures exactly the kind of summertime energy we’re channeling to make this summer just as memorable as summers that came before it.
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If you’ve got a photo you’d like to submit for a chance to win a two night stay with us or our sister resort @thenantucket, tap the link in our bio to learn more.
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Winnetu gang’s all here for our impromptu 4th of July parade 🇺🇸
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Keeping you cool with a specialty cocktail this 4th of July. See you at the pool!
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Our new executive chef, Colin Coyle is bringing summer to life dish by dish this season. Join us for a summery dinner on our deck or in one of our private cabanas 📸: @caitlinhoustonblog
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Summer’s here and it feels so good! Tell us what you’re most excited about doing on-island this summer in the comments!
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Looking for a way to commemorate a special occasion? We’re offering private poolside dining in our cabanas this season. Enjoy the evening atmosphere with a party of up to four in memorable land summer-y setting. 📸: @candidlydeena
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Sailing into summer views with this gorgeous shot by @vineyardlights. What iconic Vineyard sights get you excited for a trip out to the island? 📸: @vineyardlights
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What’s the first place you’re stopping when you arrive on-island this summer? I’ve Cream & Candy Bazaar in Edgartown is one of our favorites- tell us in the comments below and tap the link in our bio to learn about new experiences at the Winnetu this summer! 📸: @emilyshell .
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We’re excited to offer Arrive & Drive rentals right from the Winnetu this year! In partnership with MV Auto Rental, we’re offering Jeep Gladiators (with Oversand permits!) plus a variety of other rental cars to get around the island. Rent from us right on-site or book a rental vehicle ahead of time and we’ll arrange to have it waiting for you at the ferry or airport upon your arrival. Tap the link in our bio and head to “Private Experiences” to learn more!
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We’re back open to the public starting June 12th and ready for a #TimelessSummer on Martha’s Vineyard. Head on over to the link in our bio to learn about the new experiences, amenities, and activities we’re offering this season.
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We’re also excited to announce the first winner of our #MyVintageSummer campaign! Congrats to @amoskovitz on her winning vintage photo submission. We loved this shot on the beach from her childhood - it reminds us of everything we love about summer!
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Hello June, we’ve been waiting for you. We can’t wait to welcome you all back starting June 12th. Stay tuned for more.
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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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Here’s a little moment of #Vineyard zen to start off your week 📸: @vineyardgazette ...

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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