LBGP Day 2 – Storm has blown through

A quick pano from our seats before qualifying starts at the Long Beach Grand Prix.

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In our seats. Waiting for qualifying. Cmon’ TK or Graham!


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Get outta Dodge!

We got in, we got out. We did our day one of the Long Beach Grand Prix before the storm hit. Here’s some images from our quick walk about in the L.B.


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It’s Grand Prix Time

Long Beach Grand Prix 2004

From our seats - 2004 Long Beach Grand Prix

It’s a rite of Spring. Every year in So. Cal. about this time, The streets of Long Beach are configured to take on some of the best race car drivers in the world. This year is no different, but the cars are. IndyCar has made significant changes to the cars and rules in the wake of the death of popular driver Dan Wheldon. No longer naturally aspirated, we’re back to turbo’s. The body style has also been changed to facilitate pack racing. So, like lemmings to the cliff, we once again make our way to the beach and get ready to take part in the 2012 Long Beach Grand Prix.

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Spencer at home


This is a test of my new mobile phone (Samsung Galaxy S II) & the WordPress app I just installed. Very easy to d/l and install.
This will test the ability to post from the phone with an added image. Mission accomplished!

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My time with Lynn

Lynn with North Light

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend some time with model Lynn Sanchez in the studio. Lynn is a make-up artist who wanted to get some images of herself. This was more of a test shoot as we had never worked together before. Lynn’s session was a bit different from my previous shoots in as much of her alternative type look. The goal of this shoot, (besides getting to know each other) was to explore different looks we could get with minimal wardrobe & make-up investment. Additionally, I wanted to contrast natural light against my studio light set-ups.

At this writing, I’m still running post on these images, but you can see our work at her gallery here.

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Winter In Southern California

Nickie at Bolsa Chica

Winters are tough in So. Cal.


Well, all I can say is it’s a good thing I didn’t make any New Years resolutions to post more frequently to this blog. This entry is all about how tough we have it here in Southern California when winter rolls around. As I write this, the N.E. area of the United States is gripped by sub-zero, life threatening temperatures. So you can imagine my trepidation when a group of photographers from a Flickr pool, O.C. Strobist, decided to trek down to the beach in the dead of winter last weekend.

Conditions were good with a minus tide and a mild Santa Ana wind forming. We met up with our talent around 3:30 and scrambled over some rocks to, (of course a restricted area) on the beach. Where else would a photog be drawn to but an area that says KEEP OUT! The images in this gallery were shot on Saturday, Jan 22nd, 2011.

My plan was to execute a shot list in order to compile a melancholy fusion piece, but of course, with all the hardware and grip that I hauled down to the beach, the shot list and a key piece of “paper” was lacking among the 50 pounds of image making equipment. I cobbled together some shots so I could at least try to produce the “mood” I was looking for. You can see that short here.

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Help Portrait 2010 (O.C. style)

The 2010 O.C. Help Portrait team


O.C. Help Portrait 2010

Well, after about six seeks of planning 60 or so Orange County, CA volunteers made up of photographers, make-up artists, hairstylists, and technical people all came together on Dec. 4th in three cities to make free portraits for families in transition. I say “transition” because now having done the shoot, “in need” or “less fortunate”  doesn’t properly describe the families and individuals whose photographs we made that day. The folks I met with and whose photographs we took were all transitioning  from a rough patch to a better place. Our “clients” could not have been more appreciative and thanked the volunteers over and over again for what they were doing. In total, we made portraits for 404 people, either as individuals or family groupings in three different O.C. cities.   

Our O.C. team consisted of people who had participated in last year’s event and some HP newbies, (your’s truly counted amongst the newb’s.) In all, we had   

·         42 photographers
·         6 Make Up Artists / hairstylist
·         6 greeter/escorts
·         A local, well-known caterer supported us with fantastic food and a donation to the O.C. Rescue Mission.
The prints are being produced now, as I write this and should be delivered to our “clients” by the end of this week. This was a very rewarding opportunity, and I felt honored to be a small part of it. I encourage anyone who reads this to get involved with next years Help Portrait event which has already been scheduled for Dec. 3rd, 2011. 
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Puppies wish You a Merry Xmas

Our Puppies wish You a Merry Xmas. Just a short Holiday diddy from Sheba, Sabre, Sasha and Spencer.


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Nov Models Studio Session

Liz with hatShot a studio session this last weekend with two local Orange County models, Liz and Hannah. Liz is the brunette and Hannah the “fiery” redhead.  We planned to do a “combo burrito”, (my term for 50% studio, 50% location shoot, but as luck would have it, it POURED! I mean, c’mon we’re famous for never having any rain here in So. Cal. But we made the best of it and stayed indoors.

We had a great time and the girls were very easy to work with and did a GREAT job. We played “Name that Band” with 80’s music poppin’ in the background, (I think I won).  Turns out Hannah is a singer too, (she won that contest). Images from the shoot can be found here

 To see a video of the shoot click here.

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