Lincolns Birthday

July 8, 2010
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I had the opportunity to shoot a birthday party down in San Diego for a friend of mine from high school.  It was his sons fourth birthday, and it was a superhero themed party.  All the kids got to make their own super hero capes, and had a great time.  Not a detail was overlooked, event he food had superhero names.   I had a great time, and got some great shots.  Let me know what you think of them.

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This weekend I had an absolute blast shooting the 45th anniversary of Richard and Velma Abram.  The entire evening was a wonderfully fun party, and they graciously welcomed me into their family to share this most special occasion with them.  We began the evening at their home shooting some family portraits.  It had been such a long time since they had a family picture taken, that their youngest of nine children had not even been born.  This was the first picture with the entire family.  We then shot a three generation family picture with all the kids and grand kids.  We then moved to the Country Club where the reception took place.  Family and friends from across the country had gathered to share in this day with them, and it was a celebration not to be forgotten.  There were songs, games,  lots of laughs, and even a few tears shed.

Thank you so much for letting me be a part of this celebration.  It was a day I will not soon forget.

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 One of their beautiful granddaughters singing for them.

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And there was dancing!  Lots of dancing!

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Even the little ones got out on the floor

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A beautiful cake which tasted as good as it looks.

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More of those wonderful grandkids.

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Their son served as emcee for the evening.  He was VERY entertaining.

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What a handsome man,

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and his beautiful bride.

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For the past week I have been down in Carlsbad CA shooting the pickleball event for the California Senior Games.  Now if you are like me, you are asking yourself “what is pickleball?”  It is a game played with a wooden paddle and a wiffle ball, on a miniature tennis court.  It is a fast paced and exciting game.  I had never heard of it until I was asked to shoot it, but after spending the week shooting the tournament, I am inclined to get a couple of paddles for my wife and I, and find some local teams.  I had a great time meeting the players, and spending the week in beautiful Carlsbad.   On Tuesday night, Carrie came down and we went to dinner at the harbor in Oceanside.  I had some fish and chips and watched a sea lion swimming beneath us in the harbor.  It was a great week, and a fun event.  Enjoy some of the photos from the event.

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I got a last minute call last Friday, to shoot a wedding in Norco the following Saturday.  I had the day free, so I took the opportunity, and had an absolutely wonderful time.  Jackie was absolutely beautiful, and a little nervous, before the ceremony, but once she came down the aisle, she was beaming.  Jerry on the other hand was playing it cool the entire day, however I  could tell he was as proud as can be to have Jackie as his wife.  They had the ceremony in Jerrys uncles back yard, which was along side the golf course.  It was a picture perfect location, and a perfect California spring day.  It was a beautiful service by pastor Adrian Pressley of Campus Hill Church, followed by a wonderful Bar-B-Q dinner by Creative Events by Glenn .  Once the sun set, the weather turned a little cold, but dancing on the patio and a delicious Caribbean rum cake made by Jerry’s aunt helped warm everyone up.  By the end of the day, my spirit was lifted, my belly was filled, and my heart was full of love from my new friends.  Thank you Jerry and Jackie, for inviting me into your family to share this wonderful day with you.

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The centerpiece vases, lit from behind by a strobe.

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The beautiful bride.

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This is the one and only picture of the cake topper.  Seconds after being placed atop the cake, the wind blew it off, shattering it into pieces.  Glad I was there when they put it on!

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The beautiful centerpieces made by their family.

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Orchids

May 18, 2010
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My wife got some orchids for Mothers day from her Grandma, and they have been sitting here in the house tempting me for long enough.  Well, this evening I had a little spare time and decided to shoot them. 

Here’s how I shot them:   I used a single 75watt flourescent (equal to 300 watts on a regular bulb) bare bulb light to camera left.  The flowers were about 5 feet from a black backdrop.  I shot it with a 70-200 f/2.8 lens zoomed out to 200mm, at f/11 and an exposure of 1 second.  I then imported it into lightroom, turned it to a black and white, then used greyscale mix to get the right look.  I then added a little vignette, sharpened, and adjusted contrast. 

It is one of my personal favorites, and I hope you like it too.

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