I tagged along with Rex to the dog beach in Morro Bay, and luckily had brought my camera along. Soon after we arrived we saw this para-glider getting ready to take off. I asked him if I could take pictures of him and he was all for it. We watched him get ready for the take off. He circled around and then headed north toward Cayucos. Rex played ball with our doggies and eventually we saw our guy in the sky heading back from west, over the ocean. I had heard there were whales out that way and found out after he landed that he had seen a big group of them. Can you imagine gliding through the sky and looking down way out over the ocean and seeing this!!
I always like to meet with potential clients and get to know them and get a good idea of what they are looking for in their photos. In this case, I was only able to speak with Ben by phone before the session. I was most pleasantly surprised to welcome them into my studio when they arrived and feel immediately good about our rapport. I like to connect with my clients and make a photo session a fun and relaxed experience. So after chatting a bit, we turned up the music and got started. I was very impressed with their ease and intuitive manner in front of the camera. Before we knew it, we were finished and we enjoyed some more chatting before they headed out.
Teri and Justy Garcin live on hundreds of acres east of Santa Maria, Ca. where they raise cattle, horses, and herding dogs – mcnabs and mcnab/border collies. I recently spent some time there to take pictures of the latest litter of puppies and to try and capture some of the dogs doing what they are good at: herding, working and playing. It was a joy to ride along with Teri in her ATV through their gorgeous property and snap away with my camera. As well as raising great dogs, Teri also takes in rescues and works to re-home them. You can check out the website here – Hidden Highlands Ranch
Shasta, Kerin’s best friend ever, is now 10. I had taken their photos a few years ago and was taken with the bond between the two. I recently got a call from Kerin with some very sad news – Shasta had been diagnosed with cancer of the liver. Thankfully, I was able to capture more special photos while Shasta is still faring well. It was a bittersweet session. My husband and I had lost our 14 year old Zoe in January and our dogs are part of our family like Kerin and Shasta . . . Also included, Kristen, Kerin’s daughter and Pierre, Shasta’s buddy.
I had to set aside my role as a family member and put on my photographer’s hat; not an easy task. I hope that through time my sister Bonnie, her daughter Ilana and all the other dear family will look back at these photographs and be stirred by the feelings, emotions and memories they conjure up. I was touched by the wonderful conjoining of two family groups becoming one through the marriage of Ilana from California and Jacob whose family reside in Washington state. For me, this was not work – it was a work of heart.
I have been working on putting a studio together here on our beautiful property in Atascadero. My ever willing model Carly came by to help me give it a test drive. It was getting late and we didn’t have tons of time, but we still managed to get in some fun (and some contemplative) shots. More on the studio opening coming soon!
Perfect autumn day, perfect couple with perfect chemistry! I believe a photographer gets insight when we shoot a couple getting their pictures taken. The ease of being with each other, the spontaneous laughter, the looks shared that a photographer can’t elicit, but only hope to capture as they happen. Ilana and Jake, I believe, have it all – and when I sit here and go through image after image, my belief is totally confirmed. No, life won’t be perfect – but I think they have what it takes to face whatever comes their way with trust, strength, and a bond that won’t be broken.