Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I'm Going to be Announcing Something Very Exciting in the Next Few Days

Yes, this blog entry is a teaser to something very, very big that I'm going to be doing. It is something that is going to involve all of YOU.

Check the blog again in the next couple of days for more details.

Friday, April 24, 2009

My Adventure at the Paramour Estate

Some busts I encountered along the way to the flowers

The base of the statue

Part of the statue from the now empty pond on the estate

The back gate to the estate.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I'm a magazine junkie. The number of magazines I subscribe to is in the double digits.

One of the magazines I enjoy is C Magazine and a few months ago I came across a little feature on Silver Lake Farms. I contacted them and asked if I could shoot their farm and they agreed.

Little did I know that one of their farms is situated on the Paramour Estate. The estate's owner, Dana Hollister, offered some of her land to the Farm to grow flowers and vegetables. The minute I got to the back gate of the estate I knew this would my kind of place -- old, a little mysterious and filled with character.

The Paramour Estate was originally built for silent screen star Antonio Moreno and his wife and oil heiress, Daisy Canfield Danziger and was eventually turned into a convent for Franciscan nuns until Dana Hollister purchased it in 1998.

Not only did I shoot beautiful flowers that day but also some relics from the estate. I can't wait to go back there and shoot some more.

A special thank you to Tara Kolla of Silver Lake Farms for making all of this possible.

Click here to read the C Magazine feature.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Sneak Peek of a Prototype I am Creating

Something I am creating to eventually sell on Etsy. It's going to be called A Little Piece of Home.

Mentioned in the Snippet & Ink Blog

I have already proclaimed that {Frolic!} is my favorite style blog. But you know what? I have a second favorite style blog and it's Kathryn Storke's wonderful Snippet & Ink, which is specifically geared toward wedding inspiration.

After I was featured on (Oh So) Beautiful Paper with Stephanie Sponsel's gorgeous letterpress work (of Les Fleurs de Papier), Snippet & Ink featured it as well in their weekend entry.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Featured in Victoria Magazine - May/June Issue

One of my favorite magazines for many years was Victoria Magazine. It ceased publication a few years ago and last year it was revived and I was always happy to see it again in my mailbox every couple of months.

A long, long time ago I sent them one of my business cards hoping to one day be featured in their "Calling Cards" feature. Well it finally happened and I got a box of the issue on my doorstep today even though the issue doesn't come out until April 21.

What a great way to start my Easter weekend!!

Through the lens of her camera, April Rocha captures the sincere romance of a wedding day with images that last a lifetime. By focusing on the meaningful details of a couple's special ceremony, she creates the ultimate artistic expression with pictures that evoke true emotion.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

I've Been Selected as one of the Artists in a Photography Exhibit at the Annenberg Beach House

When I was attending John Adams Junior High (now a middle school) if you had a 3.5 GPA or higher you could become a member of Honor Scholarship (run by Mr. La Duke). At the end of the school year, as a reward, you would get to go to the Sand & Sea Club for the day and I have very fond memories of going there every year of junior high. That club has been recently refurbished and is now the Annenberg Beach House with a grand opening on April 25.

Their first photography exhibit is Beach Stories and one of my images was chosen for the exhibit. There are 36 images in the exhibit and my image was chosen out of 250 submissions.

This is an incredible honor as I love my home town, the beach house (which was built by William Randolph Hearst for his mistress Marion Davies) and most especially the beach.

An Artist's Reception will be held in mid-May (the date has not been finalized).

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

One of My Favorite Blogs {frolic!}

One of my absolutely favorite style blogs is {frolic!} created and written by photo stylist/floral designer extraordinaire Chelsea Fuss. Chelsea wrote today about my Holgaroid work, wedding photography and Etsy store. I feel so honored to be a part of her blog and look forward to reading it every day.

Click here to view the blog entry.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Shout Out on (Oh So) Beautiful Paper's Blog

Last week (Oh So) Beautiful Paper's blog featured my work along with letterpress designer Stephanie Sponsel of Les Fleur de Papier. I originally met Stephanie in a letterpress class at Otis College of Art and Design and we have been friends ever since.

She was the mastermind and designer behind her husband Brian's 40th birthday party at the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach and it was a spectacular event.

The blog featured her amazing letterpress work which I photographed at the party. I included a photo of the shoes she wore that night because her husband bought them for her for their wedding anniversary (Manolo's no less). Now that's a husband.

The party was also recently featured on Party Spot, which is a division of The Knot. Click here to view that feature.

You can view my slideshow from Brian's birthday party here.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Katie with her Dogs Blue and Salvatore

Katie recently hired me to do a photo shoot with her and her two chihuahuas, Blue and Salvatore. We had such a good time and I just love how the images turned out.

I just love shooting people with their pets.

Click here to view the slideshow I created from this photo shoot.