Friday, January 16, 2015

High School Photo Shoot

I worked with an administrator to gather images for a new website within a local high school district. Here's a shot of the varsity cheerleaders practicing their routines.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall Food & Wine Festival 2014

Well, it's obviously been awhile since I've updated this blog. In addition to being busy, and since social media gets so much attention, that's where I've been directing my posts.
Anyway, an annual event that I love shooting is the Fall Food & Wine Festival that benefits a local hospital's trauma care center. The event is a lot of fun and raises money for a great cause, helping the surrounding community. Here, one of the food vendors prepares some amazing burgers to serve.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

DAISY Award

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.  Each year, nurses throughout the country are honored for their compassionate and skillful care of their patients. It was a pleasure to photograph the recent honorees at a local hospital and hear the incredible stories surrounding great nurses.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Glendora Fire

A fire started early this morning in the foothills of Glendora. The smoke quickly filled the sky and created an ominous looking sunrise. At the time of this post, over 1700 acres had burned, a couple of homes were destroyed, and arrests were made because of suspicious activity in the area.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

No-show

There have been a few occasions as a photographer where the subject does not show up for the session. This happened yesterday and it puts me in a situation where I'm not comfortable. Yes, my time is valuable. But I don't subscribe to the "I-wanna-get-paid-for-doing-nothing" school of thought. I like to earn my pay by shooting, so it's difficult to submit an invoice without the work attached. My answer yesterday was to compile some stock images for the client and submit those with the invoice. Win-win.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Another One Bites the Dust

Barnes & Noble has closed its bookstore in Old Pasadena after two decades of business there. We shopped at that location many times and it was a store my sons liked to go to since they were toddlers. It's unfortunate that brick and mortar businesses like this can't compete with online retailers because we're losing some cool traditional places that the next generation of readers won't get to experience. But I have to admit that I'm not a bookworm. Most of my reading is for information or research, not relaxation. As a photographer, I prefer a coffee table book with great images. My brother once considered buying a book for me as a gift. He called my wife to ask if she thought I'd enjoy it. She replied sarcastically, "Does it have words?"

Monday, January 06, 2014

Fill 'er Up!

A few days into 2014 and I already feel like I'm running on empty, at least from an inspirational perspective. The holidays are over, people are back to work and it's time to "fill up" and move forward. The jobs tend to trickle in at the start of January, so I have time to get my creative juices flowing. I went out this morning and had trouble finding anything interesting to shoot. Just couldn't seem to get focused. Then I remembered an old Flying A service station nearby and thought that the gas pump metaphor would be a perfect fit.