Earlier this month, I photographed the 2019 Athleta Holiday Yoga event at Tysons Corner Center. Since we are in the middle of the Christmas holiday season, it is never too early to start healthy habits for the new year. At first, I did not want to make any noise as the event started. The yoga stretches were very calming with a DJ playing some soothing background music.
Afterwards, the participants were able to make their own smoothies. Wheely Good Smoothies had two bikes setup that let you mix your treat using your own leg power! While these were normal stationary bikes, they modified a mixer to be powered by the bike chain as a rider pedaled. This made for some surprisingly fun photos, and tasty smoothies!
Earlier in the season, I photographed the 2019 Yappy Hour at the Santa HQ set at Tysons Corner Center. Previously, there has not been a chance to bring your pets in for photos. On this occasion, it was fun to see the dogs and their reactions to the Santa HQ set. Not only are there a lot of sounds, and noises, but I am sure the smells of the season really got them excited. Given that some children take a couple of years to get comfortable visiting with Santa, it was not a surprise to see all the hesitation from the dogs. Seeing Santa handle them with the same gentleness as a newborn, he got them all to sit for a few photos. Compared to some babies, the dogs were a little easier to wrangle for the camera! There will be a lot more new fur baby photos by the Christmas stockings this year.
A couple of weeks ago, I covered the 2019 Santa Breakfast at Tysons Corner Center. Similarly to last year, there was a big crowd at the Food Court on Level 3. Santa got all the attention as he arrived by train. Also, Those Funny Little People performed a show while kids made it over to Santa. Although there were no formal photos with Santa while he was sitting in his set, there were still plenty of photos made while he was there. Meanwhile, there were many lined up for face painting and balloon animals. Kelly and Tommy from the Tommy show hosted the program, and they made sure all the vendors that participated were highlighted. Overall, I enjoyed the B8ta table. They had a combination of technology and STEM learning puzzles on display. I’m sure some Christmas ideas were found there!