Wednesday, March 18, 2009

O Say Can You See

While we were downtown for the St. Patrick's parade yesterday, I popped into a small antique store to kill some time. I'm always on the lookout for fabulous photo props. And I found one. Tucked away in a corner I uncovered a huge, cotton American flag. Scenes quickly flashed through my head:

Miss Munchkin wrapped in red, white and blue
The flag held overhead, billowing in the Kansas wind
A patriotic backdrop for all kinds of glorious shots

It was a steal so I stole it, I mean quickly bought it.

In the back of my mind, I wondered, "Are there rules for using a flag?" Sure, I knew not to drag it on the ground, but I wanted to research the issue a bit more. Just to be safe.

What I found: Here is the list of etiquette for the American Flag. And this FAQ gets into the nitty gritty, like "Oh no! My flag touched the ground. Do I have to burn it?" There were a few surprises in there for me, like putting the flag on napkins or cakes is a "no-no".

Bottom line: I feel like I can use this beautiful flag in my photography as long as I treat it with dignity and respect. I can't wait to see what I come up with!

1 comment:

Alisa said...

How fun! Can't wait to see all the great, and respectful pictures you take!