Jim and Christian- A grand love.
CATEGORY: Family, Kids, Making a Difference, People, Portraits, Uncategorized
When my dear friend Jim asked me to come make a few photographs of him and his beloved grandson, Christian, I was honored. Jim is one of those men in my life, for whom I have an ever-growing appreciation and admiration. As a father, a partner, a friend, and most recently, as a grandfather, he shows up as the kind of man I am creating myself to be. In addition to being my friend, Jim is a role model and a mentor of mine. As my sweet partner, Jasmine and I eagerly await the arrival of our first child, I am newly present to and inspired by the ample models of amazing parenthood, and loving mentor-ship that surround me.
The immense dedication Jim invests into his grandson shows up in quality of their connection. That he pours his time and attention into this little person, playing together (with the zeal of a man half his age, might I add) shows up vividly in the tenderness portrayed in these photographs. With Jim, it’s not just about “quality time”, it’s also about “quantify of time”.
Thank you, Jim, for loving your little guy so much, and for being such a strong model of father, grandfather, partner, friend, and leader in our community.
Shooting for Haiti…the GOODS.
CATEGORY: Engagement, Making a Difference, Portraits, Santa Barbara
What an experience! Ha! I didn’t realize that it was going to be Earth Day weekend in Alameda park when I planned the Shooting for Haiti project, but I assure you, it certainly was. My assistants and I arrived early on Saturday morning, excited and inspired about the next two days of shooting. Throughout the next two days we ran around Alice Keck park making photographs of engaged couples, people with their dogs, families, babies, and even a few professional head shots! We fielded the Earth-Day-goers who had gone astray from Alameda park for a bit of peaceful respite from the crowds, climbed trees and crept about in the lush foliage of Alice Keck Park to “get the shot”.
We wound up doing just shy of 20 shoots in the two days of shooting and raised close to $1200 to aid in Direct Relief International’s Haiti Relief efforts! Despite my greatest efforts, I wasn’t able to fill every slot and we had a handful of no-shows which, at first disappointed me, but it only meant we got to spend a good deal more time than 15 minutes with some of people because of gaps in the schedule…allowing us to get more and better shots as the rapport and trust increased with more time together. I typically like to spend several hours on a single shoot, so the brevity of these shoots was a real challenge. We learned a TON about what to do better next time and how to raise EVEN MORE money! We had a blast and walked away from the experience feeling fulfilled, inspired, and, um….exhausted.
Many many thanks to everyone who participated; those who came out and their pictures taken, laughed, played, and made this project a success; to my fantastic, magnanimous assistants, Michael Randles and Tony Mac! A big dollop of gratitude to Jill Rode from DRI for her help in facilitating the project, to Genevieve Bitters who also came out from DRI as well and had her pictures taken with she and her beautiful family! Also to Kerri Murray for heading up the very inspiring Disabilities Program in Haiti. I just had the pleasure of meeting Kerri last night at SBMA’s “Nights” Event, and learned of the program. Truly inspiring work by an amazing group. It is an honor and a privilege to have my business working in alignment with Direct Relief International, and I’m looking forward to the next project!
Here are some of my FAVORITE photos from the weekend!
Nat and Rose: In Love and Engaged.
Andrea Albright: Whimsical? Check. Carefree? Also check.
Amy: Lovely Day for it. Meow.
Zoe Quist: Delicate, Graceful Incarnate…Actress, Producer, Tree Hugger.
Sonia and Saralee of XOXO Bride: Wedding Goddesses (Okay, planners)
One of Whom Got a Treat After the Shoot in Exchange for her Cooperation…
(Hint: she’s Wearing Yellow)
Alysia and her Adorers (Yes…that’s me)
Jay, Danielle, Twicks and Snickers.
Very cute critters. The dogs were also sweet.
Jamie. Breezy, Lovely, New to Town.
Laura and Love: A Very Alice Keck Engagement.
Mathew and Emily. Blue Rules the Land.
Ashleigh’s Small, but Sweet Family.
The Bitter Family: Actually, they’re Quite Sweet.
Mother Daughter Team:
Robera and Judy Fox.
Yeah. That’s right…a Couple a’ Fox’s.
Ryan, Kristen, and Baby Ronin.
Soft, Cuddly, Naked Baby…
C’mon, at Some Point, What Else Do You Need?
DJ Sparkle: Um, is That Glitter in my Ears?