“Off-Season Santas” by Toronto photographer Mary Beth Koeth is a wonderfully amusing, ongoing photo portrait series about the white-bearded individuals who don bright red suits and hearty laughs for children and adults alike throughout the holiday season and what they do in their “down time”.
Joe Corcoran, aka. Santa Joe, is a large and lovely Irish Catholic from the Bronx and also the New York City @bloomingdales Santa. Several years back, Santa Joe and his wife bought a condo in Oriole Gardens Retirement Community in Margate, FL. Eighty of the units in the community are filled with his family/friends from back in the Bronx. "We all grew up with each other and want to grow old together." Hope you all are surrounded by people you love this Christmas and always.?????? #offseasonsantas
Off-Season Santas, Santa Roy ???? is a retired police officer who was named one of the Top Ten Law Enforcement Officers in the State of Florida in 1984. He currently operates his own investigative agency and has a total of 40+ years in the law enforcement and investigative field. In his spare time, Santa Roy plays banjo with his son and sings with the Great American Dixie Band. He also collects American political memorabilia, old flags, and Japanese Swords (he reads and translates Japanese). ????:@mbkoeth #Canon5MarkIII #offseasonsantas #photographyseries #santas #societyofrealbeardedsantas #menwithbeards #florida #bigandbeautiful #portraits #canon #photography
Santa Lance Willock, 77, is a former salesman from Peoria, Illinois. Music has always been his passion. He would run home from work on Fridays, dapper up, and meet with his band to entertain at one of the many local hotspots. "I met my wife, Rosemary while playing in a club. She never knew it was going to end up like this…In fact, she'd probably run the other way if she thought about it." Lance and Rosemary live in a retirement community in Stuart, Florida. #offseasonsantas photo by @mbkoeth for #wmtakeover
"If I can bring a smile to a child's face, whether that child is one, twenty-two or one hundred and two, I'm doing something right." Santa Brett is the Bass Pro Shop Santa in Colorado Springs. He runs and owns four B&B properties in Manitou Springs in the off-season. I didn't want to be in this photo, but when Santa Brett tells you what to do, you do it. #offseasonsantas #thirtythreeyearoldchild #obey
Off-Season Santas, Santa Gregg ???? is a carpenter at Michael Rybovich & Sons Boat Works in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. "I make big, expensive toys for very wealthy boys and girls." His career in woodworking started with a love for building things and is now 40+ years in the making. "The only thing I haven't done is coffin making. I don't really have much interest in that." Many years ago, following a painful divorce, Santa Gregg spent two years being a male exotic dancer. "My stage name was Grizzly Gregg because I had the beard and everything back then. I found that taking off your shoes is really hard to do when you're standing up." In his off time, Gregg is a club officer and rear commodore with the Gulfstream Sailing Club in Fort Lauderdale. ©Mary Beth Koeth #Canon5MarkIII #offseasonsantas #photographyseries #santas #societyofrealbeardedsantas #menwithbeards #florida #bigandbeautiful #portraits #canon #photography