For those who knows me know that I consider San Francisco bay area as my 2nd home, with friends and family it has always been a place where I can go for a quick weekend getaway. Though, with all my years of visiting the bay area, I never had the chance to spend a day to photograph an engagement session.. until recently. All thanks to this sweet couple, Silvia and Richie!
It's unexplainable, except the fact that it was love at first sight... and on January 15th, I finally understand what love at first sight really means..
Please welcome our pride and joy to the world :)
Back in late April, the wifey and I drove down to San Diego to do some portrait shoots around the city for Chris' upcoming project. Having to work with Chris in the studio for his press kitpreviously, it was definitely a pleasure and an honor to work with him again! We explored the city by foot, from San Diego Train Station, to Little Italy, then to the historic Gaslamp district, The Rooftop at the Ivy and finally stopped at the Lincoln Room where he perform every third weekend of the month. Though we only were able to stay for the day, we all had a blast and treated this more as a mini getaway than a photo session. So without further ado, here are some of my favorites from the day.
Also, please make sure to checkout DJ Chris Anthony's mixes and website here:
Back in February, during lunch with my old coworkers, Michael (or aka "Mr. Pasadena") was hyping up this inaugural, first in LA event, call the LA Beerathon. It's an event derived from the successful annual NYC Beerathon that tests your beer stamina, 26 different beers at 26 different venues in downtown LA, a drink 'til you succeed type of event. Being a light weight, I didn't care too much for it, I figure I'll be a goner after 3 pints. But when Mr. Pasadena asked me to be part of his Brew Crew and photograph the event, I was more happy to accept! After all, it's always fun when photographing drunk friends ;)
Now fast track to last week of March, the organizers announced its cancellation of the event due to conflicts with California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control. I won't go into details here but if you're curious you can always check it out HERE. So despite the cancellation and forecast rain, we still troop on to the venues and had an amazing time! We didn't finish all 26 venues but we got to give them huge credit for providing specials and made this "unofficial" LA Beerathon great! For a full article on how Mr. Pasadena saves Los Angeles, please head over to Pasadena Now link at the end of the post.
For now, please enjoy the photos:
For part 2 of our Caribbean trip.. I'll just give you the tour of the beautiful Sint Maarten. Mainly because I haven't had any chance to finish editing rest of the photos but I digress... so here we go, the multicultural, and island divided between the French & Dutch... Sint Maarten:
We decided to utilize their local taxi tour guide instead of cruise line's excursion package to save us some cash.. after all it still takes us to all the places we wanted to see. So starting off in the French part of the island:
We stopped by the tail end of a nudist colony/beach.. the Orient Beach:
Might I add.. this is our first time ever at a nude beach, and no we did not participate :p
Here are some interesting scenery and lifestyle from the French side:
After exploring through the French side, we arrived into the Dutch territory and on to Maho Beach.. my "must-visit" spot for the whole Caribbean trip. For those who don't know, Maho Beach is located adjacent to the Princess Juliana International Airport! Where all the incoming planes must fly over to land on the run way! Unfortunately, we didn't have enough time to wait for a 747 to fly by.. but hey at least now I can say I've experienced it :p
Last stop.. Philipsburg, the main town and capital of Sint Maarten:
Stay tune for part 3... back on the US soil, Saint Thomas of US Virgin Islands! Of course for those of you who missed part 1, you can always check it out HERE.
Sometime, it takes a little bit of exploring to find a new spot. Through the magic of internet searching (google/yelp) we found this hidden park within the heart of San Marino, California - Lacy's Park.
This past weekend I got the honor to shoot the family portrait of someone who I've considered as an older brother that I never had. David had always provide some of the best advices throughout my high school/college years, it doesn't matter if I needed advice on how to pick up girls or career building he's always there to provide wisdom! So after a decade later and he's married with two beautiful little girls, who loves to call me "Uncle Rhino". It was an awesome day and session of running around Lacy Park, searching for squirrels, rolling on the grass and goofing around at the playground. =)