Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Jade + Charlie at the Salton Sea

One day I got an e-mail from fellow photographer Brian C. Janes asking me if I was interested in shooting a couples shoot for some friends of his since he would be busy with his current project All That Glitters, I said hell ya.  And when he said they were interested in shooting at the Salton Sea, I said HELLZ YA!

I have always wanted to shoot at the Salton Sea.  The dead salt-encrusted fish, the creepy abandoned houses and that smell. If that doesn't scream romance I don't know what does.  Seriously, it's the perfect landscape.  

Jade and Charlie are a beautiful couple whose love for each other is apparent but against that post-apocalyptic atmosphere it became magical.  I had an amazing time with these two.  


















Thanks to Jade and Charlie! And a big thanks to Brian for getting us together.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Giueseppe's Catering

I had the distinct pleasure of photographing a special catering event for a local favorite Italian restaurant called Giuseppe's

Giuseppe's is run by an amazing lady named Terry who is very passionate about her restaurant and it shows in her food and the way she makes people feel as if they are family when they come to dine.

In addition to the restaurant, Giuseppe's also provides catering for any occasion.  They offer a full range of dishes from appetizers to dessert.  Giuseppe's provides the friendly staff, table settings and decor. 

This particular event was for a 50th wedding anniversary set in the couples backyard. They were joined by friends and family and were treated by Terry herself and her friendly staff to crab-cakes to cannolis. Yum!

Giuseppe's Catering

Giuseppe's Catering

Giuseppe's Catering

Giuseppe's Catering

Giuseppe's Catering

Giuseppe's Catering

Giuseppe's Catering

Giuseppe's Catering

Giuseppe's Catering

Call Giuseppe's if you are interested in having your next party catered at 818-716-7894

Thanks to Terry for having me be a part of this occasion and for letting me sample some of the "models". :D

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Neil and New Orleans

I had the pleasure of attending Neil Gaiman's 50th birthday party this November 10, 2010.  And, if that wasn't incredible enough the party took place in New Orleans.

I had no idea how much I could fall in love with a city.  The people, the food, the music, the soul.  Every corner you turn on the streets of the French Quarter there is life.

Thank you to Neil for being such a wonderful human being.  Thank you New Orleans for your hospitality.  We shall meet again soon.

I brought a DSLR to NOLA but opted for iPhonetography.  I wanted to take people along with me on the trip on Twitter through photos as it was happening.  I mostly used the Plastic Bullet app on my iPhone 3GS.


Day 1

Steph, Scari Cari, Neil and I
Happy 50th, Neil!
Photo taken by S. Krystal McCauley on her 4G 

Ready to party
Ready to party

Photobombed on the party bus
Photobombed on the party bus by Mike Gaiman

Kyle is up to something
Kyle Cassidy (the iPhonetography master) is up to something

Neil gives a speech
Neil gives a speech

Larry, Cory and Krystal cuddle
Larry Marder, Cory Marder and S. Krystal McCauley

Krystal, Scari Cari and Neil cuddle
S. Krystal, Scari Cari and Neil cuddle

Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship? perform

Winter is the tallest one here
Winter McCleod is the tallest one here

Winter's POV
Crowd shot taken by Winter

Sky and Scari Cari
Sky McCleod and Scari Cari

Steph finds here Icelandic kindred spirit
Steph finds her Icelandic kindred spirit in Hera 
She's the first person to ever recognize her VegvĂ­sir tattoo

Trevor and Scari Cari
Trevor McCauley and Scari Cari

Krystal, Scari Cari and Roger Avary
S. Krystal, Scari Cari and Roger Avary 

Day 2

Court of Two Sisters

Sister at the Court of Two Sisters
Brunch at the Court of Two Sisters with my sisters

Don't Blink, Paul Cornell!
Don't blink, Paul Cornell! 
Paul blogged my photo here  http://www.paulcornell.com/2010/11/bits-and-bobs.html

A guy with an impeccable taste for t-shirts

Musician at the Court of Two Sisters bids me LLAP

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One of the many amazing buskers in the French Quarter
Stony Lonesome String Band

Willie and Le Blanc
Then we took a carriage tour around the French Quarter with our guide Willie and his trusty steed Le Blanc

Andrew Jackson Square
Andrew Jackson Square

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop bar

LaLaurie House
The haunted LaLaurie house owned by Nic Cage

Beignet break at Cafe Du Monde

Tequila shot stop at Lafitte's
When night fell, we took a Haunted History Tour

Absinthe at Pirate's Alley Cafe
First experience with absinthe at the Pirate's Alley Cafe 
Love it
Day 3

Louisiana State Museum
Louisiana State Museum
Visited the heart-wrenching Katrina exhibit

Purchased art by Nathan Pitts
Wanted to purchase local art. This caught my eye. Turns out the artist is from Van Nuys. No matter. I love it.
Painting by Nathan Pitts

The Bourbon Orleans Lobby
The Bourbon Orleans Lobby
We stayed on a haunted floor

If you squint, that's Jason Webley performing at Tipitina's
Jason Webley performs at Tipitina's

If you squint, that's Amanda Palmer performing at Tipitina's
Dresden Dolls perform at Tipitina's


Before we knew it the trip was over

Sally Baby!  Best cab driver ever.
This is Sally.  She is the best cab driver ever.  
She welcomed us to New Orleans and then bid us farewell.

The morning I left
Last sunrise 

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