Friday, July 27, 2012

Johnnie-O Shoot









I had the pleasure of recently doing a shoot with the clothing line Johnnie-O. Johnnie O'Donnell (Chris O'Donnell's brother of NCIS LA) needed new headshots and I also shot some of his new products, including his new kids tie line.

It was a great shoot plus we shot in Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades. Never hurts when you have a shoot and you don't have to leave the Westside.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

88 Orange Shoot





I had the honor of shooting 88 Orange's co-founder Heather Artukovich recently in Costa Mesa. I absolutely love her product line as it exmplifies what makes California so special and we bonded over both being Southern California natives.

While I was there I also shot their son Barrett.

Heather is wearing one of Camille K's beautiful necklaces.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Los Angeles Conservancy and Catalina's Casino Building



The Los Angeles Conservancy awarded its 2012 Preservation Award to the Santa Catalina Island Company for its substantial restoration of the island's historic Casino building, which opened in 1929.

The Casino is now mostly used for its movie theatre and to hold corporate events and weddings.

The Conservancy contacted me to use one of my wedding images for its presentation at the 31st Annual Preservation Awards Luncheon and I gave them one of my favorite wedding images shot at the Casino. I absolutely love shooting on Catalina Island and especially at the Casino. You can read more abour its restoration here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Salcedo Family





DVD Folios






As you well know I love everything about paper and that includes anything with Japanese bookcloth. After clients fall in love with my images and want to purchase all of them from the session they receive their images in one of these DVD Folios. I love choosing the color of the bookcloth (based on the personalities of my clients) and designing them.

You can view the blog entry on James here and the blog entry about Vikki + Scott at Point Dume here.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Photographing Grace Notes & Anvils at The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble







It is always nice when friends reach a great success with a project, i.e., a book, a play or a photography project. It is especially pleasing when it's a really old friend who achieves such a success.

I have known Ron Marasco since I was a college student at Loyola Marymount University. Ron was my theatre professor and we quickly transcended from a student/teacher relationship to a just plain old great friendship. Ron is the most observant person I have ever known and is also wickedly funny (always a good mix).

Ron, along with writing partner Brian Shuff, wrote a book entitled Grace Notes: Insights, Setbacks, Grace Notes, Taboos. Ron and Brian have since adapted it to a play that is currently playing at The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble with guest actors and actresses. The play started its run with Roxanne Hart and then Morgan Fairchild. I had the pleasure of photographing both of them performing the play.

Since I'm a photographer and not a writer I'm going to provide you with a quote from the Los Angeles Times (Critic's Choice).

So say Ron Marasco and Brian Shuff, authors of “About Grief: Insights, Setbacks, Grace Notes, Taboos.” Their exploration of the tricky subject of grief is a specialty hybrid of staged reading, topical symposium and group therapy session. Aptly, it plays on its own subjectively personal terms.

That it works, and it does, is due to the benignly acerbic Marasco and the collegially sincere Shuff, who adroitly keep things rolling. Then, there’s Hart, as sensitive and emotionally direct an actress as we’ve got, fixing the viewer in her laser-beam gaze while delivering a key point.
It’s hardly high-end dramaturgy, but it totally achieves its aim -- to universalize and raise discourse on a topic that most people avoid. As someone forever transformed by his partner's 1994 demise and still processing his mother's passing in December, this reviewer can attest that bereaved attendees will find “Grace Notes & Anvils” empathetic, therapeutic and invaluable.

You can read the entire review by David C. Nichols here.

You can find out more about show times and to purchase tickets here.

To see a video about the play and it's writers by clicking here.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012



Sneak Peak of John and Jackie's Wedding

Thought I would share a little sneak peek of my favorite images so far from John and Jackie's wedding at the Nixon Library. Of course all three of these were shot with film.




Monday, July 16, 2012