Everything Is Awesome

Spent a few hours in the afternoon with this little 2 year old wonder.  When I go out to photograph people, I bring pretty much the same set-up every time…..just in case.  My camera bag carries my camera, 3 speedlights and triggers, back-up batteries and memory cards and cleaning supplies and all kinds of other fun stuff like a cable release, some small light diffusers, grid spots, etc.  My light kit bag is big enough for 2, sometimes 3 stands, and then I can cram inside a few light modifiers.  Now depending on the shoot, I will decide what modifiers come and which ones stay.  For this shoot, I brought a 60″ umbrella and probably my 28″ softbox and maybe something else.  And a large reflector.   Oh, and 2 sandbags for the stands.

Question is: “She’s 2 Bryan, what were you thinking?”  I mean, I have little kids as well.  2 year olds do not stay still.  So I dropped my light kit when I arrived, and I think it didn’t move for the next few hours.  All of these were shot with either my 50mm or my 24mm, and all light was provided by the Sun.  Such freedom to shoot with just the Sun…..

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Spring Break – Day 2

A few shots from yesterday’s adventure.  Kids + water = fun.  Well, allow me to clarify: fun for them.  I’m basically a non-glorified lifeguard.  And not to detract from the job that lifeguard’s perform every day, but I’m pretty sure the bathroom break for one child or another every 10 minutes; or the 4 year old who can’t really swim just yet but demands to jump into and try to swim in the deep end without any help from a flotation device; nor the “I’m not hungry” until all the food is gone and then it’s “Daddy, I’m soooooo hungry!” comes into their usual purview.  How’s my grammar on that last sentence?  I don’t think that was legal.

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Spring Break

Well, it’s finally Spring Break for my kids.  I’m not really sure they know what that means, seeing as how they’re still in pre-school.  But I know what it means, that’s for sure.  Means we’ll be having all sorts of fun this week…….that’s what it means!  Take this morning for instance, when I was installing a coat rack/picture frame/shelf into the wall, and I hear from upstairs, “go get a towel, and don’t tell Daddy.”  Sweet.

I did get to have lunch at Roberto’s in Carmel Valley today, so it all evens out in the wash.

Took these this morning, of some flowers we bought yesterday.

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San Diego Family Photography – Sunday Edition

Well I’m on my second cup of coffee and it looks like it’s going to be a hot one today in San Diego.  Yesterday was supposed to be warm, and it was, but we hit up a park in Mission Bay after the haircuts and lunch, and a pretty decent breeze of cold air kept things pretty nice out.  Then I headed over to a friend’s house to watch the SDSU Aztecs lose a close one to the UNM Lobos………and proceed to take at least $9 off my host playing various billiards games.  So it was a pretty good day, but that’s fairly obvious by now.

What does any of this have to do with Family Photography?  Not much really, but this is the Sunday edition.  So here’s to hoping that we all have a nice day out today, wherever and with whomever that may be……

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San Diego Regional Park Family Photography

I love this park, and haven’t even explored more than 20% of it.  It’s not that it’s a big park, but it’s a hidden little gem in San Diego that people drive by every day and don’t even know it’s there.  It has several parking lots with ample parking, lots of trails to wander/jog/bike on, and if you’re so inclined, there are plenty of signs that detail the types of plants and animals you’re likely to see.

Makes more for a nice little spot to take some family photos as well.  I like the usual spots too, but this place affords privacy, which is nice for getting people comfortable in front of the camera.  Not that these guys needed that, but I think it’s just a nice little bonus.

 

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More Food….Still in San Diego

Did these food shots for an Italian restaurant in San Diego, called Nicolosi’s.  Images were used for printed take out menu’s and a billboard.  The banner image on their website is mine, but the other images are not.  Just so you don’t think I’m taking credit for anything I didn’t do….because that’s just the kind of guy I am.  Happy Friday……Mangiare!

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San Diego Family Portrait Photography

So I guess this is just how the world works sometimes.  I was hiking around this park with my kids and found this great bench under a huge tree.  Got a few fun shots of them and we continued on our way.   A few weeks later I took this wonderful family out to the same area for a session, and we passed by the bench on our way and I thought we’d just grab a few quick frames using only natural light.  A few are below and I just like them.

But wait, that’s not much of a story now, is it?  Another week passes and I take yet another family into this park b/c there’s just so much scenery.  We were going to a completely different area for their session, but of course we were going to pass by what should be called…..”the bench.”  But I don’t think we’re going to be calling it “the bench” anymore.   Somehow a large section of the tree that canopies the bench with shade had broken off, and Park Services came out to chainsaw down basically the whole tree.   And so it is with sad fingers that I write to you now that the bench sits alone without any protection from the Sun.

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