Ringing in the Holidays with the Back Bay Ringers

I’m so grateful for the unique experiences my career has offered me.  I had one of those unique experiences this month with the Back Bay Ringers.  They contacted me to photograph a holiday concert they were holding at the gorgeous Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, Massachusetts.  If you’ve never seen a concert at Shalin Liu before, please put it on your bucket list!  The space is absolutely spectacular.  It sits on the ocean and the stage is backed by a wall of windows with the most breathtaking view!  It’s also the perfect size.  Large enough to fit a decent size ensemble, yet small enough to keep the performance intimate.  I was thrilled to be shooting in this space.  The Back Bay Ringers are a community-based handbell ensemble.  Have you ever attended a handbell ensemble?  Me neither!  But I can tell you one thing.  They sound exactly what I want my holidays to sound like!  Another thing for your bucket list.


I started the day photographing the group set up.  These environmental photos are great for any organization.  They help your customers and followers understand just how much goes into your work.   I had no idea what would go into setting up a handbell concert.  The group uses special padded tables so they can put the bells down without making noise.  And the bells…so many bells…are shined to a tee.  After setup, we had a few minutes for a formal group photo and a head shot of the conductor.

Back Bay Ringers

After the formal photos were over, there was time for a quick rehearsal before the performance.  This time allowed me to get in a bit closer without being a distraction.  I captured some images I’d never be able to capture mid-performance.

Back Bay Ringers practicing

Finally, it was time for the full performance.  I didn’t want to take away from the amazing concert, so I only photographed the first few songs.  But as the concert progressed and the sky behind the ensemble changed, I had to take my camera out again.  What an amazing backdrop!  And the music.  It was some of the most gorgeous music I’ve ever heard!

Back Bay Ringers performing

What a wonderful experience.  I hope you’ll have a chance to check out the Back Bay Ringers yourself.  You won’t be disappointed!

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Photography by Nikki Cole is a full service corporate and commercial photography studio. We provide professional head shots and portraiture in studio or on location, architecture and product imaging as well as special event coverage.

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