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.
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……
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.
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!
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.
These are from quite a while back, but I think they’re a nice representation of what I do for people who want a quick and easy head shot. Simple 2 light set-up against a gray seamless backdrop, a few outfit changes, and I think we wrapped in about 30 mins of shooting. Primarily an on-location head shot photographer, I do set-up a studio for those who need it….because I’m the one who cares.
People ask me what type of photography I do. And I usually answer, “people and food.” And the word “food” oftentimes elicits a quizzical look. Well, at least I try; it’s a relatively new part of my business.
So why shoot food? Outside of I just like to……… I really like the hours. “Can I show up at your place on Tuesday at 10 a.m? Yes I can!” It’s just easier on my ‘family time’ than “can you meet me on Saturday at 4 pm?” Don’t get me wrong. I still love photographing new as well as familiar faces any time they’re free to do so. Anyhow….I digress.
San Diego Homecooking is a 5 location restaurant I’ve shot images for a bunch over the last six months or so. Each location, interiors and exteriors. Plenty of food. More food during a commercial they filmed out at the Sysco Test Kitchen Facility, etc. If you get a chance, visit one of the 5 locations and let me know what you think.
Oh. Just realized that possibly the quizzical looks referenced above should be translated as “Bryan, why are you doing this? Hasn’t it been done enough?” And here I thought that they thought it was interesting…..