Road Trip

We wanted to take advantage of a week off of school over Thanksgiving.  So we loaded up the car and drove to San Diego.  We took a slight detour on the way there to see the Grand Canyon and on the way back we checked out Vegas.  My daughter and I had seen the Canyon before but it was the first time for my husband and son.  They were impressed!  We rolled in just in time for sunset and left in the morning so it was short but sweet.  I loved the varied terrain surrounding the Canyon too.  Just steps away and the environment looks like it could be in an entirely different state.  I must admit that the edge of the Canyon makes me a bit queasy.  No mountain climbing for me!  Hiking yes, but if ropes are needed, I'm outta there!  We really need to make it back to the Canyon soon for some more quality time and day hikes.


Although I packed lots of photography equipment I was too busy spending quality time with the family to have many photos to show for it.  I couldn't resist a few though.  My parents live on a beautiful golf course just inland from Del Mar.  The smell of the Eucalyptus and Pepper trees in the early mornings makes me feel like I'm at a spa.  The week was full of lots of good food, plenty of sunshine and pool time. I hardly took my camera out in Vegas.  We had planned on taking in a show with the kids but they were pooped from the week spent with cousins.  After a satisfying bowl of Ramen at Momofuku's, and watching the lights and fountain show at the Bellagio, we fell asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillow.  I'm going to make it a point to take advantage of that gorgeous light they have west of the Rockies and take more time!

Spring Bat Mitzvah

I was so excited to take on the challenge of shooting this event.  This gorgeous family's youngest celebrated her Bat Mitzvah last spring and I'm just now getting around to blogging it.  The location was at a popular restaurant at the bottom of one of our local ski mountains.  The service was super relaxed and meaningful and this lovely young lady did a wonderful job.  You can see how proud her grandparents are in their smiles.  We started early evening outside with some harsh sunlight so I made sure to bring my softbox to help create some more flattering light.  Golden hour is hard to come by when you live in a valley.  Really though, these teen girls had such gorgeous skin--they made my job so easy.  The collection below starts with some formal photos and ends with some fun party shots.

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For the service the family requested no flash.  Lucky for me the room had some large windows and we had a sunny day.


At the reception I set up a gelled flash at one corner of the dance floor and used a gelled Magmod Bounce modifier for my on-camera flash.  I really loved the result.  Letting in a lot of the ambient light showed off the DJ lights and made for some fun colorful images.  I threw in a prism and some LED lights in front of the lens for a couple of shots to mix it up a bit.  Of course, I dragged my shutter for a few photos too.  I will do a post soon on some fun creative techniques to add an extra layer to your images.  The green screen was another company, I'm so curious to see the resulting photos!


Fun night!

I hope I get to photograph another event like this soon. Such a blast!