Sunday, November 1, 2009

'Til Death Do Us Part

Hollywood, California
Saw this couple celebrating the Day of the Dead.

Los Angeles Day of the Dead

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Ring Around the ...

Los Angeles, California
As soon as I saw the view from his hotel room, I knew I had to ask the groom to hold up his wedding ring as if it was encircling the Hollywood sign.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

MY Day in the Life

From Playa del Rey through Los Angeles and Hollywood to San Diego
A messageboard I frequent recently had this photo assignment for last Friday:

Document one typical day of your life in photos

I'm not sure what to count as the start of my day. I tend to stay up late working on photos and catching up on emails. I love the night. This is the time I am most productive. This day is no exception. It's after 2 am according to my Mac and I'm finishing up the final touches on some photos.

I am not a morning person. But I have a million things to do today so I drag myself out of bed.

Michael helps pack my car for my shoot this weekend.

First stop: the lab to pick up some promotional materials
How do you like this postcard?

The best equipment rental place ever. I have been going to Calumet for over a decade.

The lights

Off I go!

Along the way I see the coolest classic car.

I run a few more errands, stop by my place and change, and I'm back on the road. I love taking this street right by the beach. It's not the fastest way to go, but it's the most relaxing mile of my drive.

I'm not looking through the viewfinder since I am driving. Which is how I end up with this photo. For the record, I was trying to take a photo of a palm tree against the sky. But the blue is kinda nice, no?

The way to San Diego is rather uneventful. I'm concentrating on driving so no more car photos.

I have two boudoir sessions today. The first model E. wants some photos for her husband for Valentine's Day. I took a bunch of sexy photos and some fun silhouettes of her wearing these kick-ass boots.

The second model plans on sending photos to her fiance in Iraq. I think he'll get a kick out of the shots! C. was a lot of fun and gorgeous. I took a few hundred photos so she'll have lots to choose from!

I'm tired. And hungry. My friend Kim picks me up and we go try a new restaurant.

It's restaurant week in San Diego so we get to pick a three-course meal from a prix fixe menu. My favorite is the passion fruit creme brulee dessert. The food is good but the company is excellent!

Kim drops me off at the hotel. The city sleeps as I organize my gear for tomorrow's shoots.

The moon keeps me company.

Finally I am done and go to bed!

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

El Dia de los Muertos

Hollywood, California
Today is the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday honoring one's deceased friends and family. Hollywood Forever Cemetery hosts its 9th annual Dia de los Muertos this year. If you're in the Los Angeles area, I highly recommend checking it out. These are some photos from last year's celebration.

There is a line of people waiting outside the cemetery gates. This little girl can't contain her excitement!

I felt so underdressed.

Altars decorate the side of the road. They usually have photos of the deceased...

...and food, as well as drink and sometimes even cigarettes. Reminds me of the Egyptian burial custom of including all that the dead loved in life so they can use it in their next one.

These altars are all creative...

and beautiful like this homage to Frida Kahlo, one of my favorite artists.

Some are political...

or hi-tech, like this one honoring our fallen troops,

or flamboyant

or funny.

Calaveras, or skulls, are everywhere.

Even Johnny Ramone got in the act!

One of the highlights of the day was a terrifying and beautiful dance performance. I wish I knew the name of this group.

The Day of the Dead is thought to have it's beginnings during Aztec times (although some say it was celebrated even earlier). After watching this dance I can see why they were great warriors. I can only imagine the terror of being held captive while dancers decked out in skulls spin around and stomp their feet. Add a full moon and it sounds like something from a horror movie.

And with that it's time to go...

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Ghosts of Hollywood Past

Hollywood, California
Our friends Kim and Denise were visiting so we decided to see a movie at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Guess which movie? Click on comments at the bottom of this post and add your guess. First three correct answers win a prize. Bonus prize if you also identify the director.

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