Friday, December 31, 2010

Up Close

Los Angeles (The Theater District) -- Sometimes engaging people in conversation on the street gets you a little too close for comfort....

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Fünf Männer

Los Angeles -- Disney Concert Hall is a giant magnet for tourist and photographers. I noticed the five men above taking photos and overheard their German accent. As an American and LA-born native, I've always thought of myself as an ambassador of sorts. Welcoming people to LA is easy to do, and giving people a small memento of their trip is always fun.

Welcome to Los Angeles!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Marketplace in LA

Los Angeles -- Today, I spend a few hours wondering the streets of Los Angeles on my 3rd annual, After Christmas Photo Safari.

The streets were alive with interesting people to talk to as well as to shoot. Today, I shot while recording audio for the purpose of creating photo video shows. I use ambient sounds as well as interviewing people. This time, however, I was the one interviewed.

Stephen Haffman, Associate Producer/Director of Marketplace, approached me and asked if I would be willing to tell him (radio audience) what I had in my wallet. I told him, explaining each facet of my black, leather wallet. He also asked what one item I could not live with and without, as well as a few other questions.

After the interview, we exchanged cards and went about our business. You see, you never know who you might run into in the City of Angels.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Christmas to Celebrate

Altadena, CA -- This year, Dave and Beth have a new addition in a red dress in their home. Truly a blessing. My wife, Amber and I had the honor to shoot their portrait this year.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It's OK to Be a Little Goofy

Pasadena, CA -- Last weekend we did a photo shoot for Crystal Lance, who is creating a new website, "Waking Up is Fun." It will be a daily video inspirational. Despite the cool air and cold water, Crystal had no problem jumping in.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Bad Hair Day

Monday, December 6, 2010

Redlands Orange Groves

Redlands, CA -- The combination of weather, setting and inspiration forced me to pulled over for this shot. Unfortunately, it was taken during the 12-o'clock hour and the light was flat. Nevertheless, this is a classic California agricultural shot, typical of the early 20th century.

Redlands is located about 90-minutes east of downtown Los Angeles. The snow-capped mountain is Mt. San Gorgonio, one of the highest in Southern California at 11,503 feet (3506 m).

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Hadley Fruit Orchards

Banning, CA -- Many who live in Southern California are familiar with Palm Springs. Those who visit Palm Springs regularly definitely know about Hadley's Fruit Orchard off Interstate 10.

The "Hadley" sign looms high above the highway linking LA and Palm Springs, tempting travelers of all ages. I go for the Banana Date Shakes. For less than $5, I can run in, grab a shake, ask the friendly staff of any recent celebrity visits, and be on my way.

While visiting, I met Tracy, Richard and Debra (pictured above). Together, they pointed out the a few movie stars who recently stopped by. Hadley's walls are lined with more than a hundred autographed 8 x 10 photos. Both of the fun-loving ladies say they are sometimes a little shy to ask, but they still manage to get some of the Hollywood stars to autograph their picture and hang it up in the store.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dogs Best Friends

Best friends