Friday, December 11, 2015

The Happy Couple

When the husband interferes with decorating the living room for Christmas.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Three Chefs on a Field

Pasadena - Three High School chefs looking their best before Senior Night at Maranatha High School.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Guest Hijacks Disneyland's Monorail

Anaheim -- Anything can happen at Disneyland. Happiness happens, families come together and for some, dreams come true. For this guy, all he had to do was ask. And the conductor of the world-famous Monorail gave up his seat to let my buddy, Dean, take the people mover for a spin.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Family Portrait

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Biker Chick Goes Skeletal

Los Angeles -- Halloween LA style.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hints of Autumn

Lake Arrowhead -- Early morning ride across the lake. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Homecoming Friends

Pasadena -- I was a wreck on my homecoming night. Her name was Michelle, and I didn't have a clue about how to act. We were friends, but not all that close. Definitely not high school lovers. I didn't have fun.

James and Sarina, however are good friends. They love to laugh, talk (or text), tell jokes and hang out. What better way to spend a Saturday evening than with one of your best friends.

Makes a mom and dad very happy.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Rodeo Days in LA

San Dimas, CA -- A stranger at the San Dimas Rodeo, I asked if I could take his photo. He said, "Of course."

One click and we were good to go. I told the gentleman, "Sir, you look like the real deal."

He smiled, tipped his hat and said in a cowboy way, "I am."

Monday, September 21, 2015

Fruit Tart

Pasadena -- After covering a recent event in LA, I couldn't resist capturing the deliciousness of this fruity pastry. Although, for image-sake, it could use a quick spray for a shiny effect.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Victor Espinoza Tangos into Sierra Doughnut

Pasadena -- American Thoroughbred jockey and 2015 Triple Crown winner, Victor Espinoza, stops by Sierra Doughnut near Sierra Madre for his favorite, morning muffin.

Victor's most recent fame, however, was not only his appearance on Dancing with the Stars, but the excitement he drew from the pastry shop owners.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Heatwave Tempered by Cool Gesture

Pasadena -- As the LA heatwave continues, Maranatha High School Football manager cools off players with a splash of ice-cold water.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Bass Lake - Willow Fire

Bass Lake, CA -- The Willow Fire as it looked last week from our dock at 9pm.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Annie from the Pasadena Archives

Pasadena -- Hub Cap Annie was a local fixture. I took this photo in 2009.

Friday, July 10, 2015

LA Firemen at Work

Los Angeles -- I was a block away, driving when I noticed a small plume of black smoke rising above a manufacturing plant. 

At first, I though it could be a diesel tractor starting up. I turned the corner to see a few workers running across the street, so I pulled over, grabbed my camera a credentials and run up to the back of the building. Moments later, the fire department pulled up and quickly extinguished the flame. 

Not much was damaged and no idea on how the fire was started. 

I remained at the sight, documenting the events as they happened. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Dance and Performing Arts Medicine

Pasadena - Evergreen Physical Therapy Specialists.

I am currently working on a project with Evergreen PT, shooting photos for their new website.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Edible Plants in LA

Pasadena -- Visitors should be very cautious when discerning what plants in Los Angeles' Eaton Canyon are edible or not.

Earlier, we took a group of Boy Scouts out into the canyon to learn about and discover our local plants and their communities. Both Scouts and adults were amazed how many plants and berries are in fact good to eat.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Color Run Selfies

Los Angeles -- A couple pose on stage for a selfie during the LA Color Run at Dodger Stadium.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Pretty Woman

Pasadena -- A patient I ran across during a photo shoot at a physical therapy office.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Shooter Shooting Shooter

Los Angeles -- The LA Arts District is a cauldron of creativity and film activity. Just today a film crew was filming (or shooting) a Nike ad, while another crew was setting up a scene to who-knows-what. While driving past all the activity, I noticed a tunnel below the 6th Street Bridge.

Curious, I turned in and followed the dark corridor toward the light at the end of the....(yeah). A homeless man was messing with his "Obama Phone"when I got out of my car and asked how he was doing. No response.

At the edge looking down was the Los Angeles River, crowned by deco bridge expanses and lined by old brick structures and rail cars.

On the floor of the river was a lone photographer shooting away at his clothing model. After popping off a few shots, I turn my vehicle around and headed back.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Looks Like Rain in LA

Los Angeles -- And the forecast calls for another chance of rain in LA. Ok, even though it's only a 10% chance, we Angelinos are still dreamers and full of hope. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Pasadena Under Moonlight

Pasadena -- Given the right conditions, a quick hike up the mountain at night--and a full moon--can pay off in dividends. 

Fishing Santa Fe Dam

Irwindale is known in these parts more for it's speedway than fishing. Irwindale is also known for a half-dozen rock quarries, teaming with large mouth bass. Although the quarry lakes are fenced off and mostly illegal to fish, a few diehard LA anglers know the secret spots and mostly keep it that way.

Pictured above, however, is a boy fishing legally at Santa Fe Dam. It's at the end of the day, but the beginning of Summer -- almost.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

House of Blues Sunset Soon to Join The King

Hollywood -- I covered a set of a good friend recently at the House of Blues on Sunset Blvd. Sadly, the bouncer told me the building was sold and they were going to be out of a job by July 2015.

RIP House of Blues and BB King.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

JT Cobb and His Estate

Altadena -- Springtime brings beautiful, late afternoon sun, warm evenings and the smell of star jasmine. A perfect recipe to shoot portraits!

My wife and I were out scouting locations a few weeks back. During our late-afternoon location safari, we thought we would pop off a few fun shots of each other. We even brought props (the hat).

No, I'm not really as tough as this photo may look -- I'm even tougher. Watch out Paul Hogan! (and yes, Paul is alive despite the recent internet hoax of his death going around)

My beautiful wife is there on the right.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Avery Building

Pasadena Magazine has a good writeup on this architectural icon--I don't. All I know it that the building inspires me, especially on a beautiful, Spring afternoon.

I pass by the abandoned building every day while taking my son to school. Last Friday, I thought I would

Friday, May 8, 2015

Living Up To The Name

Bad Water -- Two hundred and eight-three feet below sea level. This is Death Valley, where LA thrill-seekers, adventurers and edgy vacationers go to be a little different from the rest.

I took this photo of my buddy Dean, who thought it would be cool to lay down on the road. There were no cars in sight except for our two, VW Westfalias.

In the mid 80s, my buddies and I used to travel all over California to explore back roads, hidden desert canyons and ghost towns. In those days, I was a full-time photographer averaging about $7.50 per hour. The VW van was my transportation and hotel room. I would not have traded those days anything.

Of course, when I was on assignment, my publisher would give me 3 rolls of Kodachrome 64 and ten rolls of Tri-X 400. On trips like this, I shot an entire weekend with a single roll of 64 and two rolls of Tri-X, as seen above.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Let's Go Bowling

Whittier -- Friendly Hills Bowl is the kind of place you would find along Route 66 or in your favorite 1950s teen movie. The architecture is a cross between The Jetsons and early Las Vegas strip. You can almost smell the bubble gum, here the sliding of saddle shoes and hear Sinatra spinning on a 45.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Shop at Joe's

Los Angeles -- Speaks for it's self.

Friday, February 20, 2015

How To Kill Two Birds

Pasadena -- Two weeks ago, a neighbor knocked on our door with a petition in hand. They were looking for participants in helping eliminate the incessant barking from another neighbor's dogs by getting the police involved. Although the barking is annoying, my wife had a better solution.

Our neighbors with the dogs don't have time during the day to walk their two, restless dogs. So, rather than the police removing the dogs, my son approached the neighbors and asked if he could walk their dogs everyday after school for a fair price. So now he spends 30 minutes a day, helping the dogs walk off their "barking."

The dogs are happy, the neighbors with the dogs are really happy, and my son is..., well happily employed.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentines in LB

Long Beach -- Two lovers overlooking the downtown Los Angeles skyline.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Best Sandwiches in Town

Watts -- There's not much of a market left, but in it's day, I would have loved to tried "the best sandwich in town."

Old buildings along the 20-mile stretch of the Alameda Corridor have a special charm to them. Classic signs like this especially need to be preserved on film, or at least on Daily Photo LA.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Car's Got Legs

Baldwin Park -- Creative car cover

Monday, January 26, 2015

Inside LA's Historic Broadway Theatres

Downtown Los Angeles -- When I think of Broadway, I think New York and the Broadway shows. But LA has it's own Broadway. At one time, it was the entertainment hub of Los Angeles. Vaudeville, silent movies and eventually the "talkies," Broadway was home to more than ten movie houses built between 1910 and 1931.

A few weeks back, a few of us signed up for the Broadway Historic Theatre and Commercial District Walking Tour through the Los Angeles Conservancy.

For $10, the two-hour-plus tour took us down Broadway where we explored breath-taking architecture, saw hidden treasures most never see and even took in some scandalous, Hollywood gossip from the 1920s; it was worth every dime.

Inside the Orpheum Theatre
Ann Hobbs (pictured above) was our fun and informative docent. She lead a group of about ten people in an exploration of LA's rich history on Broadway. We were even joined by English actor, Simon Jones of Monte Python and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fame.

Since this is a historical post, I decided to display the out of doors shots in black and white. But once inside some of the theaters, I made the decision to use full color. You will understand once you see what's inside. I also included a few street photo shots just for fun. Click here and enjoy...

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Fam

Pasadena, CA -- We are family.