Arvada photographer entertains neighbours with hilarious decorations

For the past month, Kate Davis and her family have repositioned the skeletons in her front yard nearly every day to mimic scenes in pop culture. Lighthearted and fun or warm and sentimental are the moments Kate Davis usually captures as a wedding photographer.

But business has been nonexistent since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, as has her income, she said.

“We’re going into a very, very busy season and now it’s kind of refund season,” Davis said.

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She said it has started to stifle her creativity, too. That’s something Davis said is crucial to her job as a wedding photographer. So instead of capturing moments, others create, she is now the one making memories for her neighbours to enjoy. And she’s deploying yard ornaments you normally wouldn’t see this time of year – plastic skeletons

For the past month, Davis and her family have repositioned the skeletons in her front yard nearly every day to mimic some of the most memorable scenes in pop culture. “‘Titanic’ was definitely one of them,” she said. “The ‘YMCA,’ we did that one for Mother’s Day,” Davis said.

Her family helps come up with the different ideas as do neighbours thanks to an idea from Davis’ daughter. A sidewalk-chalked list asks strangers who walk by what they think the future scenes should be. The skeletons have become a bright spot for Davis’ neighbours, creating a moment of levity they’ve come to anticipate on their walks, bike rides or car rides.

“It’s the best thing to watch people,” she said. “We have our window open and we can hear people laughing at night when they come by and see the skeletons and see our new position. Davis said it’s great to hear people laugh and not take life so seriously during a time where it’s hard to do anything but. That’s why the skeletons are so important to Davis. She said it’s a way to create a moment for people to escape a time they would like to temporarily forget because she believes the only way forward is with a smile.

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