It’s happened only twice before. This spring it is happening again.

Local photographer George Vetter of George Vetter FotoArt is preparing to shoot the third Cannon Beach town photo at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at the former Cannon Beach Elementary School.

“If you live, work or vacation in Cannon Beach, you’re invited,” he said.

Participation is free, and early registration is strongly encouraged.

To register, email Vetter at

He plans to shoot three versions: one with everyone, one with kids only and one with dogs only.

Knowing that the locals are a “group of very independent people who are not likely just to jump on a bandwagon,” Vetter believes it’s wise to take town photos once in a great while, and only to commemorate special occasions.

He shot the first town photo on Oct. 12, 2003, when Osburn’s Grocery Store was scheduled to be torn down; 252 people showed up. A copy of this photo was placed in a time capsule, to be opened in 2053.

The second town photo, shot on June 10, 2009, celebrated the first community-created sandcastle sculpture in many years; 333 participated.

This year’s town photo will recognize the closing of Cannon Beach Elementary School. The city has long-term plans to demolish the buildings and transform the school grounds into a Native American cultural, educational and recreational center.

Vetter needs to know six things of each participant:

• Name

• Age

• Email address

• Phone number

• Address

• Dog’s name

Here are some guidelines to follow at the shoot:

• Wear solid colors.

• If you can’t see the camera, the camera can’t see you.

• Short people in front — but if you want your family all together, that’s fine.

• Hold small children in your arms off to the side so as not to block your face.

• Try to keep some space between yourself and the people in front of and behind you.

• Stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the people to your side.

• Look behind you and ask if you are blocking anyone.

• Keep hands and arms down. Don’t wave unless asked.

• Listen for instructions from the photographer.

• Be patient; more than one photo will be taken.

• Help your children get ready for the “kids only” photo using the guidelines above.

Vetter will email participants when the photo is available.


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