Archive for 'Los Angeles'

Posted on Oct 12, 2017
Posted in Los Angeles, Weddings

One of the perks of my job is that people will just walk into my life; seemingly out of nowhere, and just thrust the most amazing moments in front of my lens for me to document. One day, I got a message from this beautiful bride who had found me on Yelp.  A week later she, her fiancé and their two kids met me for a meeting at my studio DT, and then just a few weeks after that I shot their most amazing wedding at the Beverly Hills Courthouse!  It all happened so fast and with such ease.

Their super intimate wedding at the courthouse was one of the most stunning weddings I’ve ever shot.

First of all this family is beautiful inside and out. The bride quite literally oozes joy naturally, like all the time. Emails, on the phone, at her home on a random day in the middle of the week when I learned we were practically neighbors… Not just her wedding day.

Second of all, the Beverly Hills Courthouse is seriously gorgeous. I had no idea how beautiful it was, even as I walked up to it to meet my clients. The halls had a total Mad Men vibe with big floor to ceiling windows and really cool light fixtures that produced some really stylized effects. Inside the actual room where couples say their “I Do’s”, photos of old Hollywood decorate the walls displaying the building’s famous history.

Finally, their two kids were freaking adorable. So cute. It was as if they were animated cartoon characters and not real. Sometimes they were beaming with joy and full of activity, and sometimes they got a bit grumpy in their tiredness, but they were always a delight to be around.

It was such a special day! I love it when I get to fill my days with love and beauty. Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.

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The little girl’s face just kills me.

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The front of the courthouse had these super bitchin’ pillars that I wanted to get a picture in front of. Their friend and fellow photographer did a little wrangling/styling for me as he assured his friend that it would be okay.

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Look at the bus!!! Are you kidding me?! I did a silent happy dance when it pulled into my frame.

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I had the idea to have the newlyweds stand in the middle of the street while cars passed them on either side. I barely got off this one test shot to check my exposure when a cop car flipped around behind me and flashed his lights and siren.

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Now normally hearing the woop woop of a police siren behind you instantly fills you with dread and anxiety but I had a bride and groom with me.  A bride and groom is kind of like having a hall pass where just about anyone will let you do just about anything. It’s awesome. I did another silent happy dance when I heard the screeching tires as the officer flipped around to confront us.

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Woot woot!! The kind man blocked traffic while we took this shot.

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We left Beverly Hills to take some photos in Santa Monica. The bride loves the Santa Monica Pier and really wanted to take some photos with it in the background.

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This is the time when the kids got a little bit grumpy wanting to be done with it all.

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Their insanely cute grumps lasted all of like two minutes. This is not staged, none of the running shots were. It was just too much cuteness for my heart to handle.

I love my job.

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Posted on Jun 07, 2017

SCLARC. It stands for South Central Los Angeles Regional Center. My heart seriously swells when I think about them. They are a private, non-profit, community based organization for people with developmental disabilities. The organization has hired me to shoot several donor events at their beautiful campus in South Central the last few years. The SCLARC staff and community of supporters are incredible. They are fun, gracious, kind and quick to give you a hug and mean it. This year they had a super hero themed event for World Down Syndrome day. It was my first experience with the members of the community that benefit from all those donor events I have done for them.

Like many events, I didn’t know exactly what to expect. I just knew I was going to spend a few hours with one of my favorite clients. That would have been enough, but I got way more than that. It was a pretty casual affair… It was basically one big play area, but almost everyone donned his or her favorite super hero attire. Captain America and Super Girl were in attendance leading the kids in games and teaching tricks of the super hero trade. It was amazing. Watching and documenting the interactions was so special (blast!! I’m tearing up as I type this!). There was so much love and support it was really something else to witness.

The thing that caught me off-guard, however, was the behavior of the siblings to the special needs kids. These young kids acted like adults, protecting and caring for their brothers and sisters in ways I didn’t see coming. You’d expect kids that young to be off running around playing on their own, but that was not the case. They were right there with their siblings the whole time laughing and playing with them. It was incredible.

As a full-on adult woman who can barely take care of herself, I could not imagine how hard it would be to take care of a child who was born completely healthy, let alone one who needed extra help. SCLARC provides a much needed service to a community that is better because they are there.

It’s really easy right now to look at our world and see countries and communities closing their borders and their doors to people in need from no fault of their own. It’s refreshing to know and associate with people that choose to navigate the world from a place of inclusion, compassion, grace and dignity.

SCLARC, I love you.

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Posted on Mar 26, 2017

Flintridge Prep hires me to shoot all sorts of awesomess. Just last month they brought be in to document what was virtually a whole day of science labs, one of which included dissecting a cow’s eye! At one point, I set down my gear, put on some rubber gloves, and got in there with the students. It rocked. You know what else rocked? Their incredible 70’s themed benefit that took place not too long after the bitchin’ cow eye encounter.

The committee absolutely killed it. They held their biggest fundraiser at the stunning Vibiana in downtown L.A. They put together a fantastic group of vendors that included Keith McLane at KLM Auctions, Dean Henderson at RSVP DJ’s, High Voltage Lighting and yours truly to document the 70’s insanity.

One gorgeous venue,

+ wild, fun people dressed in their 70’s best ready to get down

+ a super skilled committee and vendors ensuring a tightly run ship

= a gem of an event that was a treat to shoot.

Flintridge Prep, you just keep shaking your groove thang.

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Posted on Mar 19, 2017

I am lucky to have a good number of incredible women in my life to look to as positive role models. Among them is this RAD woman, Kristin, AKA Grease Girl. One of the many reason’s for my admiration is that if she’s talking about doing something, she’s DOING it. I think of her as an artistic craftswoman… She does crazy awesome shit with her hair, make up and general styling, and sometimes even makes her own clothes. If you went to her wedding and saw all the cool decorations and even her wedding dress, you might inquire where she bought such coolness only to find out that she made it. She dances, writes, she’s a photographer and oh yeah… She’s into cars. She was instrumental in the creation of The Gasoline Girls, an all girls car club here in Southern California. Even though she works professionally in the automotive industry, she still maintains her Grease Girl blog, which she uses to document her journey into all things car related.

The Automobile Driving Museum had an exhibit last month called “A Woman’s Touch” which recognized the impact that women had on the automobile industry from the inception of the automobile to modern times. The museum reached out to Kristin to see if she would be interested in teaching a “ladies only car class”. She was interested and so were 30 or so other women who showed up early one Sunday morning to learn about what’s under the hood of their cars. It was so cool.

I was beyond excited when she hired to me to document that first class. Basically, I absolutely adore her.   Her inquisitiveness, desire to make things beautiful, overall kindness, adventurous heart and getter-done personality make her one of my most favorite people on the planet. The class was such a success that they’re doing more. If you ladies out there are interested in attending, click here for more information. The more badass girls out there doing their thing, the better. Let the Grease Girl help lead the way by example.

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Posted on Feb 12, 2017

A little over a year ago, I shot a baby shower for a client. I swear only a few months had gone by when the very beautiful mom-to-be called me about shooting her baby’s one-year birthday party! How did it happen? Where did the time go (said every parent ever)? They went all out for the party… Petting zoo, bouncy house, face painting and DELICIOUS food. It was the bomb to shoot. Some of my favorite jobs from the last year involved kid birthday parties with petting zoos. I think maybe it’s time to consider a pigmy goat as a pet…

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LOS ANGELES WEDDING INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS HOST “I DO IN THE PARK” IN SUPPORT OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY

2017 JANUARY 19 Los Angeles, Calif.: Los Angeles-area wedding industry professionals are coming together to show their support of marriage equality and their belief that marriage is a human right to all people in loving relationships. Rose Forbes, proprietor of Two Tree Events, the LA-based wedding and events coordination company www.twotreeevents.com and Melissa Kobe, owner and lead photographer of M. Kobe Photography www.mkobephotography.com are spearheading the efforts by presenting “I Do In the Park.” The purpose of this event is to flood the internet with photos of couples of all persuasions in love and getting married on the same day as president-elect Donald Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States. It is meant to be a subtle protest showing that by flooding the world with love one can continue to fight the hate that many believe the President-Elect incites.

 

Because of the anticipated rain, “I Do In the Park” will now be hosted at the Pasadena City Hall rather than the originally designated Arlington Gardens in Pasadena  January 20, 2017 from 9:00AM-3:00PM. During those hours couples who come prepared with their state-issued marriage license applications will become legally married surrounded by friends and loved ones in a beautiful public garden free of charge. Melissa Kobe will be documenting the event and posting photos on all forms of social media as well as posting the pictures on a client gallery where couples can purchase prints and digital downloads at the prices Kobe normally extends only to her paying clients.

 

The idea occurred to Rose Forbes the day after the election. “My first thought was, ‘what can I do to make a difference?’ Being wedding industry professionals, we have the unique ability to support to couples of all types in a way that other businesses cannot. We really want to fight the hate and anger that is at its height with a showing love at its strongest,” says Forbes. When Melissa Kobe heard the idea she was so excited that she was inspired to come offer her photography services as well stating, “If I’m not doing something intentionally positive at that time [of Trump’s inauguration], I will be a basket case,”

 

This is the third event of this type that the Forbes as hosted To sign up for your ceremony or for more information as to how you can be a part of this day please contact Two Tree Events at info@twotreeevents.com. Also please contact for a location update if it should be raining that day.

 

Contact:                                                                     

Rose Forbes                               

(310) 463-4664

rose@twotreeevents.com

 

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Melissa Kobe

(323) 804-2504

melissa@mkobephotography.com                   

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Posted on Jan 08, 2017

Let’s get right to it!

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When I’m shooting events, it is not uncommon for strangers to show me affection; either I’m the closest warm body during an emotional moment, or sometimes it’s directed at me personally. This man was coming in to give me a big hug and kiss. It was taken at a bar mitzvah and he just liked my shooting style and wanted to tell me so.

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This was taken at conservative temple while shooting the ceremony part of a bar mitzvah. I just love the juxtaposition of this old-world looking man and his Forever 21 shopping bag in the seat next to him.

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Same ceremony as the above photo. The happy man on the left wanted to give the other man a blessing while the bar mitzvah boy was right in the thick of it. This service was so loose, communal and joyous… Not what I was expecting when my client prepped me with the conservative nature of his family’s temple.

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This was taken at the party for the above bar mitzvah temple photos. I just love this shot!

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Remember my previous 3-quarter favorites? You’ve seen the man on the right sans shirt in a few if I remember correctly. I love that I caught this moment of a friend unbuttoning his shirt.

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Bar mitzvah boy laughing with his Dad and young man who just killed it on the dance floor. To see more photos from this event, click here.

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Check the beads around the kids head. Rock star.

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This and the previous photo were taken at a homecoming event for one of my favorite clients, Flintridge Preparatory School.

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Same school… This and the following 3 photos were taken at one of my campus shoot days. This photo cracks me up because these kids were not the subjects in my viewfinder. I was standing some ways away with my telephoto and shooting something happening to my right, their left. As I panned over, I saw them in full on mannequin challenge waiting for me.

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This particular campus shoot was the day after the presidential election. It turned out to be a great day of shooting replete with numerous emotional, contemplative, and sometimes tearful conversations with teachers and staff. One of the students brought a box of donuts and left it in the main courtyard. I know it sounds stupid, but seeing this anonymous gesture made me feel like everything is going to be okay.

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This was taken at an event I was hired to shoot for Spectrum Cable; it was a sports up-fronts kind of thing for their buyers. I caught this moment of D’Angelo Russell cracking up his teammate Julius Randle and Laker coach, Luke Walton. All the sports celebrities that were there for the event were all business as they were clearly working, so I was super excited to capture this candid moment. The one guy’s reaction is what makes this pic for me.

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This was taken at the same event as above. It was on the rooftop of a fancy hotel above the Sunset strip on a super windy night with the most beautiful moon! I’ve not had a lot of success getting photos of the moon that I love, so I am stoked about this one.

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I love the seriousness of the girls face as she’s cutting the challah bread at her bat mitzvah, but the best part of the photo is her grandparents kissing in the background!

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This happy, hyper cutie just got his face freshly painted at a birthday party I was hired to shoot.

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When I’m sad, I think of this photo. These ladies laughing just makes me happy. This, and the previous 3 images were all taken at the same kids birthday party. Blog post for this one coming soon!

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Dad helping his son with his tie before his bar mitzvah. This and the following 5 photos were from the same event.

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This Seagull was so hopeful! He was at the window looking in at the people eating for a solid 5 minutes.

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This event was at one of my favorite places on the planet, Dukes in Malibu. The restaurant is right on the ocean where dolphins frequently swim by. I was on the deck shooting the food from the party where the light was prettiest when the dolphins made their appearance and everyone inside rushed over to the window to see.

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Although this is an adorable photo of these three siblings, the reason it made the list for me is for a personal, professional reason. When shooting portraits, I often ask my subjects to close their eyes and think of something I suggest. It could be the boy or girl you have a crush on, or your favorite movie, or song. I make them think about it, and then on the count of three, open their eyes and tell me the answer with their eyes, NOT their mouths. The point behind this exercise is mostly to get them to relax their face and eyes, and in the act of thinking, hopefully let go of the nervous tension they’re holding in their face as a result of having a camera in their business. I shot the older brother’s bar mitzvah a couple of years ago, and have since become friends with their mother, so I was little more comfortable with this group. I don’t know how it jumped into my head, but I had them close their eyes and think of their mother’s favorite curse word. The reaction was classic, and getting them genuinely laughing afterward got the best reaction. This and the following 5 photos are from the same bat mitzvah.

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My first homemade gif! Special thanks to Kevin for helping me figure out how to do this.

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This gorgeous woman is one of my very good friends. I asked her to spin for me.. gif file number two!!

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Blog post for this event coming soon!

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I was taking room shots for an event at Flintridge Prep before the guests arrived. To get these low light venue shots, I put the camera on a tripod and do a 30-second exposure. The bartender walked by with a flashlight in one of the shots, so then he, a few members of the catering crew and I had a little fun using the flashlight. This is me successfully making my initials readable in one of the attempts.

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Same event as above. Took a moment to get a selfie with security guy, ICE, which stands for “in case of emergency” and Nicole Trevor, friend and communications director (aka, my boss) for the school. Love these two.

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This and the remaining photos were taken just last week for a family portrait session in preparation for the young lady’s upcoming bat mitzvah. We went to a dog friendly beach just north of Malibu so they could bring their dog. It was such a fun shoot! Blog post for this one coming soon as well.

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My bitchin’ assistant for the day proving shade for one of the setups. I looked back to ask him something and saw all this aweomeness.

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That’s a wrap folks! Starting this 2017, I will be doing my favorite 13 photos each month. May our 2017 be a reflection of our best selves. Thank you all for supporting my business, my art and my life. I am so grateful to be surrounded by so many creative, nurturing, loving and encouraging souls. I love my village.

Posted on Dec 21, 2016

Ta-da! Second quarter favorites are here! I don’t mind telling you that I am exhausted after going through all these pictures for the year. If I didn’t make it a point to do this end of the year countdown thing, I might never have gone through everything. I’m glad I’m doing this, but damn. I cannot wait to sit down with some whiskey, and a record and do some yoga, or some nothing! I’m so close… Two more quarters and counting.

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The Washington Monument from a visit back east to visit Kevin’s family. It looks so beautiful doesn’t it? Let’s just admire it while it’s still standing shall we… You know, before Russia claims it as it’s own when they move into the White House come January.  To see more photos from this trip, click here.

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These beautiful hands belong to my dear friend and client, Marina Kolaric. To see more photos from this session, click here.

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Ah! I love this pic so much! This kid just kills me. This was taken at a job I was hired to shoot for a children’s birthday party. This cutie pie is the eldest of three awesome kids (he was not the birthday boy). Side note; the family hired me to shoot his brothers birthday party last year and he totally licked the candle on top of his birthday cake. Everyone around him was getting louder in their attempt to urge him not to do so, but I think he took the grumblings as a dare. He lived. It’s a pretty kick ass picture. If I had done this count down thing last year, that pic would have for sure been in it.

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This is musician, Raul Pacheco of Ozomatli performing original music for a play. It was an incredible experience to document. For more photos from this shoot, click here.

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This was taken at a baby shower I was hired to shoot for some very special clients. While this photo is super serene, I think she was still for all of 20 seconds before she bounced up off the chair and continued her running around the yard with friends.

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Same baby shower party as the above photo. To see more photos from this shoot, click here.

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The gentleman in the photo is the Headmaster and history teacher at Flintridge Preparatory School. He is revered, and rightly so as he takes his job seriously. So seriously in fact that while he understands that certain things are needed of him personally for PR purposes, he does not like doing it…  He’s anxious to get back to his students.  I really dig that about him.  I usually get all of 2 minutes with him for portraits, and all other times have to be careful to stalk him without him noticing me so that I may get him in action with his students. This photo was one of those staged 2-minute photo sessions where we needed to get him with the book he wrote. It made the cut because his smile in the background is so big and real! It really feels like I accomplished something. I pat myself on the back every time I come across it.

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Flintridge Prep clock tower.

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This photo was taken at another private school client of mine. I had to go into a specific classroom to shoot because the girls were presenting projects to the class. This one 13-year-old girl legitimately blew my mind with her concept. The philosophy behind her idea was that of communication, and how we translate and perceive actual words. She found an old typewriter and put paint on the keys so that when typing out a sentence, instead of letters, colors would appear on the page. It was so beautiful and poetic in it’s simplicity. 13 years old I tell you!!!

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These guys did the ACTUAL Dirty Dancing lift at this wedding reception. I caught this shot as he swung around. I don’t need to tell you that this group was wild. I love wild.

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This and the previous 4 photos were at the same wedding. To see more from the day, click here. I was hired by members of the same family to shoot the wedding anniversary for the woman being kissed by her grandson. To see pics from that super special event, click here.

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The Pasadena PAL is my primary charity. I was there to shoot some portraits of their team one day and snagged this shot while I was putting my gear together. I can’t tell you what about it I love so much; I only can tell you that I do.

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Kids reprimanding/being defiant to other kids just cracks me up every time.

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This was taken at a b’nai mitzvah I shot. What you see here is an EPIC dance off; adults on one side, kids on the other. The adults in the pic aren’t even the mothers of the kids they’re throwing down against which makes it even funnier. From this photo, you’d think the adults had the win on lock, but the girls came back with some cheerleading stunts that could not be matched. To see more photos from this job, click here.

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This photo was taken at a marriage and family therapist conference job. The lovely lady/book model in the picture is my boss since she is the one that hires me. She was presenting one of the prizes for the daily raffle drawings held each evening. The book title and her face are priceless.

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Same conference as above. I throw out the suggestion for people to pick up a person so he/she can pose all sexy like often… Usually with bride and grooms and their peeps, but this situation was just calling for it! This group went for it even before I could finish asking the question.

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Same conference… This guy was one of the sign language translators for a couple of deaf therapists in attendance. He was all business and then just looked at me and made this face. It totally caught me off guard. This conference was filled with fun people.

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These are 3 of my favorite people, and they also happen to be clients. I caught them in a lovely candid moment at an awards ceremony I was shooting. To see more photos from this job, click here.

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My lovely Marina. To see more photos from this shoot click here.

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The beautiful mom laughing in this special moment at her daughters bat mitzvah ceremony is one of the ladies throwing down in the epic dance off above.  To see more from this event, click here.

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This guy. You’ve seen his face, and probably his naked torso from SEVERAL parties that were featured on my blog. When I see him with a shirt on, I feel like something is wrong somehow. I love this family.

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The gorgeous ladies in this photo are bigwigs at Five Acres. Every event I shoot for them, I have to get a photo of their Senior Leadership Team. We always take a nice, serious shot, and then we get a fun one. Tradition is tradition after all. I snagged this in the midst of some shenanigans once they thought we were done. I always keep shooting after posed pics to get these kinds of moments when they go back to having fun.

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This was an amazing experience!!! Jill Hawkins of MHP Events and I got to go for a helicopter ride along with the Pasadena Police Department! This blog post is still yet to come.

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The Rose Bowl! Oh man, the helicopter ride was so freaking cool!

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The famous Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel.

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Family portrait shoot centered on the most beloved family member.  To see more from this session, click here.

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The lovely lady in red totally photo bombed this romantic photo. To see more photos from this wedding, click here.

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Full disclosure. The bride, groom and event planner each pulled me aside separately at the reception to tell me they were going to get me drunk. There comes a point when shooting events where those drinking add to the photo greatness, and then it will inevitable take a turn to moments that are not so flattering. Luckily, my being drunk coincided with this turning point, so nothing was missed. This photo cracks me up because the woman is taking great delight in telling those around her that they got me drunk. She’s pointing/yelling at me.

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This was taken at my family’s annual brew and pie festival in Oregon. This was at the award ceremony for best pie. The winner totally cheated. Ces, you know what you did.

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The youngest two boys in these photos are my nephews. Their parents wanted some photos of all of them together.

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Why would you want a boring picture on your mantle when you can have this instead? To see more from this mini-shoot, click here.

Next week, 3rd quarter favorites! And by next week, I mean a few short days since I was late with this post.

Don’t judge me.

Posted on Dec 11, 2016

I must start collecting and recording my favorite images. I have of course stumbled upon this wonderful idea some time ago, but just like anything else, it takes apparently takes me a while from conception to fruition. This is a purely selfish endeavor intended to shed some insight into what fills my time based on what fills my frames. How am I spending my time? What landscapes am I looking at and documenting? What tendencies do I have? What am I drawn to? Is the work I’m doing best fulfilling my internal big picture goals?

Let the year in review begin!  Some photos are self explanatory, others, I included little notes as to why they made the cut.

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When shooting portraits, I am always trying to capture the true self; I have no interest in capturing their persona. This photo was from a portrait session for a bat mitzvah client. This bitchin’ young lady is sporty all the way, so we incorporated it into her session. I love this shot because she looks like the self aware, relaxed badass that she is. And yeah, I’m totally lying in the middle of the street shooting this.

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Same shoot. I had her Dad pitch a ball to her from out of frame to get her swinging. On one of her hits, her Dad ran up and chest bumped her in celebration. It just makes me laugh. This family is so much fun I can’t even stand it.  To see more of my favorites from this shoot, click here.

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I took this shot at a Casino themed bar mitzvah. As a lover of black jack and poker, I’ve been there boys… I’m with you. This picture just kills me.

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Same Casino themed bar mitzvah… The dads in attendance slowly pushed their kids off the table so they could play strip poker. The lovely lady in the photo, while laughing at her friends, is asking the dealer if she’s okay with what’s happening. She was okay with it… Well, as okay as anyone can be I suppose.

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This dude was so badass.

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Same guy in the previous pic… He did a flip over 4 people!  To see more of my favorites from this event, click here.

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This was taken a kids birthday party I was hired to shoot at a parkour gym. I lied in one of the foam pits so I could shoot the kids as they jumped off the brick wall. Number 23 soaring through the air with such grace, just like we’re used to.

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This matching outfit WAS NOT planned! I mean, it’s one thing to have a matching dress or something, but this was so specific. This was taken at the Five Acres annual board meeting at the Altadena Country Club. The gentleman is a long time supporter of Five Acres, and the lovely lady is a staff member. I adore these two people. This picture cracks me up.

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This was from a corporate profile I was hired to shoot for a law firm. This awesome picture on the wall was one of the few pieces of decoration as they had just moved in. I’m realizing that as I go through my favorite pics that I like to recreate images.

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This was my breakfast at a Pasadena farmers market as I set out to formulate a plan of attack for a local food project. Let’s just say it’s not gained the momentum I’ve hoped for. This photo however makes me feel like everything is going to be all right.

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Another outing for the same project. I started out the year right on track!  To see more from this project, click here and here.

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Brother and sister dancing.

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I was hired by a corporate client to shoot their team at LAX for their departure to China. I was trying to find the best background to shoot each person with their bags when this man holding this cutie basically walked right into my shot. I asked him to stop so I could get this pic.

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This was taken at a bar mitzvah for a shy young man. I was standing some distance away getting candid’s as guests arrived and had his mom locked in my frame. He noticed me and looked dead in the camera with the best smile while his mom hugged a woman behind him so joyfully.

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God I love this picture.

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One of my now favorite clients getting ready for her wedding.  To see more from this wedding, click here.

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Recreation of The Graduate movie poster.

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This is a VIP shot for a gig I was hired to shoot for The Pasadena Playhouse. From left to right you have Sheldon Epps, the creative director of The Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez, and Activist/Artists, Hector Aristizabal and Sayda Trujillo.  I’m not naming any names here, but not all of them love having their photo taken for publicity purposes which means I don’t always get the most genuine of smiles. I said something that made each of them laugh and I caught the best shot. Full disclosure, I totally have a crush on everyone in this photo, so looking at this shot makes me so happy. The only way it could have been better is if the Chief’s wife was also in the shot.  I love her.

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So the previous two photo’s and the rest in this post are all from a job I was hired to shoot for The Pasadena Playhouse. It was a block party type event that centered on an interactive play using members of the community, not actors, as a means of creating a dialogue surrounding the issues that directly affect the people living there. It was amazing. They blocked off an entire street for the festivities and I got to document the goings on. It was seriously one of my favorite jobs of the whole year.  To see more pics from this super special job, click here.

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I’m not entirely sure of what is going on here, but I laugh out loud every time I see this picture.

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This photo might be my favorite of the whole year… I’ll see if anything beats it. Stay tuned! Next week will feature my favorite 39 photos from the second quarter of this year!

 

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

Today’s blog post features photos taken on an actual film camera. Can you believe that?! They still exist! They were taken on a 360-degree camera, which is so freaking cool. It’s a toy camera that only has 2 settings, F-8, or F11 so you can’t get fancy with the details. You pull the string, and it spins a full 360-degrees using 8 frames of film to make the whole picture. It’s so bitchin’.

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I took this from the INSIDE of a hot air balloon before they blew it up.

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