Archive for 'Pasadena'

Posted on Oct 04, 2017

Because I live in sunny California, I do not have seasons to mark my year, but rather, I have a couple of annual golf tournaments I shoot that do the trick. The Pasadena Police Activities League, or PAL, held this year’s golf fundraiser at the beautiful Brookside golf course. I started shooting early when the competitors check in for breakfast. After the coffee had been drank, the breakfast burritos eaten, the practice swings and speeches, I got to drive a golf cart around to get some action shots on the course.

You guys.

Why is driving a golf cart like the most fun activity ever? I mean really! There’s a meditative quality to it… soothing even. I freaking love it.

Okay, I’m getting off track here.

Back to my favorite charity! This year’s tournament had many of the same cast of bitchin’ characters I’ve come to love and adore… Supporters of the organization, the people on the ground running the day to day operations, members of the PPD and the incredible individuals on the board. One of those superstars is Laura Berns of The Berns Team who was this years’ top sponsor.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from this year’s event… The annual marker indicating to me that summer is over and fall is now upon us.

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Just look at that good lookin’ group!

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Some of the awesome PAL board.

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Look at these ladies!!! I love them so! They are really this fun, cool and gorgeous all the time. They do a chipping game with the buckets on one of the holes where one can win great prizes!  I heart them.

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Ha! This truly outstanding parking job was brought to you by yours truly. I said I love driving a golf cart… I didn’t say I was good at it.

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The Pasadena PAL is such a gem of an organization, it continues to shock me that more people don’t know about them. The Police Activities League is a national organization that came to Pasadena in 1997. It partners the youth of the community with the men and women of the Pasadena Police Department in a fun, safe, and nurturing environment while providing academic and cultural enrichment. PAL offers homework assistance, various sports, and a wide variety of special activities such as robotics and arts classes that give students an opportunity to build character and form a positive relationship with our community’s law enforcement. Currently, the PAL program serves an average of 120 children a day in grades 4 – 12 with over 200 more on the waiting list.

The more supporters of the organization, the more kids they are able to let in the program. At a time in our country full of fear, unrest and division; programs like this that truly nurture relationships between those in the community and those that serve them, creating a dialogue that goes both ways, is absolutely imperative.  To get more information on how you can support the Pasadena PAL, click here.

Like what you see here?  Want information on my professional services and availability, or maybe to discuss a creative collaboration, click here!

Do you need a new headshot, but don’t have the time or the money for a full session?  I offer shortened, discount headshot sessions at my studio in DT LA on the Second Sunday of every month.  Click here for information.

Also, did you know I have a book out?  get your copy here!

Posted on Sep 14, 2017

In this case, said battlefield is a fun one. The Pasadena Police Activities League, or PAL, took the kids lucky enough to be in the organization on a paintball outing this summer. I put on my best crappy clothes, loaded up my camera gear and met them at Paintball USA in Santa Clarita ,on what might have been the hottest day ever. Like EVER. Oh. My. God. It was so hot. I wasn’t sure how well I’d be able to document the field trip since I didn’t want to put my camera gear (and myself) in the line of paintball fire, but it was worth a try.

It turned out to be way more fun than I had anticipated! It was pretty hardcore. The quiet tactical efforts of the warring teams kept you in a constant anticipatory state, making you very aware of your surroundings. You could feel and hear everything… The sweat dripping off your body, the snap of a twig 50 yards away from a soldier trying to gain position; the breeze as it moved the dirt around you. The quick, bup bup bups of the guns as they fired, spraying paint and dirt when they made contact and the “I’m hit! I’m hit! Hold fire!!” really made it feel real. While I don’t think I’d like to risk the inevitable welts that come with being a competitor, I’d document such an outing again in a heartbeat.

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One of the BRILLIANT chaperones got the incredible idea to wet a paper towel with some ice water and put it under his hat to cool down. So smart.

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The Pasadena PAL is such a gem of an organization, it continues to shock me that more people don’t know about them. The Police Activities League is a national organization that came to Pasadena in 1997. It partners the youth of the community with the men and women of the Pasadena Police Department in a fun, safe, and nurturing environment while providing academic and cultural enrichment. PAL offers homework assistance, various sports, and a wide variety of special activities such as robotics and arts classes that give students an opportunity to build character and form a positive relationship with our community’s law enforcement. Currently, the PAL program serves an average of 120 children a day in grades 4 – 12 with over 200 more on the waiting list.

The more supporters of the organization, the more kids they are able to let in the program. At a time in our country full of fear, unrest and division; programs like this that truly nurture relationships between those in the community and those that serve them, creating a dialogue that goes both ways, is absolutely imperative.  To get more information on how you can support the Pasadena PAL, click here.

Like what you see here?  Want information on my professional services and availability, or maybe to discuss a creative collaboration, click here!

Do you need a new headshot, but don’t have the time or the money for a full session?  I offer shortened, discount headshot sessions at my studio in DT LA on the Second Sunday of every month.  Click here for information.

Also, did you know I have a book out?  get your copy here!

Posted on Apr 09, 2017

The Pasadena Police Activities League, or PAL, held it’s 15th annual Golden Badge Awards Dinner last week. This year’s commemorative “Through the Years” event honored Steve Brockmeyer of Bolton & Company, retired Pasadena Police Chief Bernard K. Melekian, the Salvation Army and current Pasadena police chief Phillip Sanchez. Guests dressed up in their sporty best and partied it up for a good cause. Jill at MHP Events hooked up Pasadena Convention Center for a beautifully staged and executed event. I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that DJ Severe, the official DJ of the Dodgers, kept the party going from the cocktail hour and beyond. That guy seriously rocks so hard.

The Pasadena PAL is such a gem of an organization, it continues to shock me that more people don’t know about them. The Police Activities League is a national organization that came to Pasadena in 1997. It partners the youth of the community with the men and women of the Pasadena Police Department in a fun, safe, and nurturing environment while providing academic and cultural enrichment. PAL offers homework assistance, various sports, and a wide variety of special activities such as robotics and arts classes that give students an opportunity to build character and form a positive relationship with our community’s law enforcement. Currently, the PAL program serves an average of 120 children a day in grades 4 – 12 with over 200 more on the waiting list.

The more supporters of the organization, the more kids they are able to let in the program. At a time in our country full of fear, unrest and division; programs like this that truly nurture relationships between those in the community and those that serve them, creating a dialogue that goes both ways, is absolutely imperative. We can yell and scream at what’s wrong, or we can put our energy into those things that work.

PAL works. I love them so much.

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I told you they wore their sporty best.

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The event committee co-chairs show their nice and mean faces.

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This is not a picture of a guy in 1930… He is real now.

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Two of my favorite people. I love them so much!!

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Sporty best dad engaged in an epic throw!

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To his cutie pie of a child who figures out that the best way to catch a ball is with closed eyes.

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He’s locked in folks!

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HOMERUN!!!! And the crowd goes wild!!!!!

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Just the usual second base homerun celebratory squats. As you do.

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This lovely lady is the Pasadena PAL director, Roxanne Haines.  She is so very loved.

Like what you see here?  Want information on my professional services and availability, or maybe to discuss a creative collaboration, click here!

Posted on Mar 12, 2017

I am super proud of today’s post. A regular client of mine brought me in for a very specific shoot. They had a clearly defined idea for a portion of their website where they wanted to show their students in fun, dignified, bright and engaging portraits. The girls they picked to be the subjects were absolutely lovely to shoot, and my client who also worked double duty as my production assistant is the bomb. I am so happy with how the photos and the finished project turned out! I feel like all the pieces came together to form the message they wanted to get out there.

Check out the finished project here once you’ve gotten a little taste from the screenshots below 🙂

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This awesome woman is NOT a student!  She is my client and these are her posing for my test shots. I love them so much I had to include them.

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You saw this photo in last week’s blog post from my favorite photos of the month.  The wind started up, crinkling the backdrop.  The above mentioned client/production assistant started blowing back trying to get it to straighten out.  Let’s just say she was successful in making me laugh… Not so much her mission.

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These last two photos were not from the portrait shoot, but one of my student life campus shoots.

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Posted on Feb 20, 2017

I had the absolute PLEASURE of going on a helicopter ride with the Pasadena Police Department. Colleague, client and friend, Jill Hawkins of MHP Events, was my partner in crime. IT WAS SO FREAKING COOL!!! It was no joyride for the guys working and there were quite a few things going on in the city that required the helicopter that day.  Seeing what they do and how they work was facinating.  Because I had my gear with me, I was able to photograph a particular street corner of interest to the cops at one point during the ride… Sooooooo basically I’m like an honoree PPD officer. All in a days work folks!

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THE ROSE BOWL!!!

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These mofo’s took one of my cameras when I was taking pics inside the cockpit.

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I have been emotionally wrecked since the outcome of the presidential election. I don’t think that any politician has the power to really change the world, so it’s not as if I looked to Hillary, Bernie or Obama as saviors. I believe that change comes slowly, most often quietly, from the ground up.

Even so, what occurred here has been upsetting to many of us. I have cried a lot. Like with any tragic, or shocking event, I’ve gone through the various stages of grief. Anger, denial, overwhelming sadness… All of it. I have been trying my best to process the whole thing, working toward that point where I climb out of the despair, put on my big girl panties and move toward the light. While I understand the need for battles in life, I personally am most effective when I am actively working toward progress no matter how subtle.

Hate and taking sides NEVER works. EVER. What is the saying? Love begets love. Hate begets hate. I totally believe that shit. So on inauguration day this 2017, I was presented with an opportunity to spend the day in love and light and I jumped in headfirst.

An event planner colleague of mine, Rose Forbes of Two Tree Events, married two couples at no charge at Pasadena City Hall and I documented it… Also free of charge. Both couples surrounded themselves with a small gathering of their closest friends and family. We all congregated on the most scenic part of the covered patio where we were protected by the POURING rain. The rain seemed to amplify the intense emotional aspect somehow in the most beautiful way.

(Shit. I totally started crying typing this…. Get it together Melissa!)

The whole thing was so special, and so beautiful; I am grateful to have been a part of it. Although the act itself was a sort of quiet protest, it was really more about making a stand and committing ourselves to the love we want to see in the world. While it was about the individual couples and their love for each other, it was bigger than that.

It was a collective, audible affirmation to hold our heads up and our hearts open to the goodness that abounds even in times of turmoil.

(Dammit. I just started crying again. Ugh. I talk tough, but I’m so sensitive!)

Here are pics from the day. Please share this post. This is not about being against anything or anyone. This is about choosing love and inclusion. We need to come together in order to push the needle forward.

I believe we have the power to do it.

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Soooo, this is where I lost it the first time. As soon as her bride turned the corner, she gasped, “Oh my god, she’s so beautiful.” My poor little heart just exploded.

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I panned over to Rose and she was clearly experiencing a similar emotion.

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Rain on your wedding day is lucky!!

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While at lunch in between weddings, our mom’s both texted at the same time with the same “I love you, I’m proud of you” type text. Mom intuition, check!

 

Wedding number 2! Rose prepares while the happy couple poses for their loved ones.

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The last two days turned out to be an unforgettable weekend filled with so much love and hope… two emotions I didn’t see coming. Seeing all the peaceful marches across the country and being a part of “I Do In The Park” will forever be remembered as one of the most profound moments of my life.

 

Love will always win if we choose that option over the alternative.

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

 

-OR-

 

Melissa Kobe

(323) 804-2504

melissa@mkobephotography.com                   

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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 Sep 24, 2016

Of all the different kinds of fundraising events I get hired to shoot, golf tournaments are my favorite.  They are so much fun! I get to shoot people outside on beautiful landscapes, and at some point, I usually get to drive a golf cart which is way more awesome than I think it looks. The Pasadena Police Activities League (PAL)’s annual golf tournament is always a bright spot for me. I adore the organization; from the police officers that run it, the people that provide support and growth, and most importantly the service it provides to the community. Right now, it almost feels like it’s a secret gem, but it should not be a secret… The word needs to get out. Click here for more information and help spread the word. Start with checking out my favorite photos from the event and see how fun doing good can be.

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It’s super important to stretch folks.

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My competitive side would not let me not try my hand at golf pong. This photo brought to you of yours truly by the fabulous Laura Berns of The Berns Team.

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Look at how many sun-reflections are on the Toyota grill!

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The good peeps that make the magic happen.  Special thanks to Jill at MHP Events for introducing me to such an incredible organization, and for killing it when it comes to outstanding event productions big and small.