Lenzy Ruffin Photography Blog

Lenzy Ruffin is a family portrait photographer in Washington, DC. 

T.A.P.S. Seminar 2016 Closing Day

Everyone who's a T.A.P.S. member has suffered the loss of a service member. They come together each year to help each other work through the grief, but the grief counseling at T.A.P.S. is unlike anything you can imagine. It's something you have to see first-hand and I still can't believe how lucky I was to get to volunteer at the seminar. This was an incredible and truly memorable Memorial Day weekend. Thanks to the people at T.A.P.S., I now know what it means to truly commemorate Memorial Day. They gave me an opportunity to actively commemorate the holiday by getting out and doing something to support the fallen troops and their survivors and I can't thank them enough.

Here's a selection of images from Sunday:

One of the stations at the trapeze school. I call it the "human jungle gym" station, but I'm sure it has a proper name. They teach you how to climb all over each other and not get hurt.

Hangin' loose on the trampoline.

I think I'm going to do a separate post on the guy in the middle. He had the most epic series of trampoline photobombs without even trying. It was hilarious. Yeah, I'm definitely going to do a post for those images.

Great time and great instructors at the Washington, DC location of Trapeze School New York. Go check 'em out down next to National's Park.

Trapeze school graduates on the bus ride home.

Balloon release at the park.

Got seriously punked by this little girl. I had my face up to the camera and that can came outta nowhere and I just knew she had blasted me. I'm pretty sure she was deliberately aiming away from me and just wanted to scare me. Mission accomplished. I love this kid.

That face you make after putting in a long day and enjoying some well-earned ice cream!

I don't believe it's possible to have too much fun, but if it were possible, this is what it would look like.

The stage is behind me, but there was another show going on at the back of the room.

Hopefully, these images conveyed some of the magic that happens at the T.A.P.S. seminar and you'll be inspired to contribute in some way next Memorial Day or visit them at TAPS.org to find out what you can do to support them right now.


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