It’s my pleasure to share these images from a recent launch party I photographed for Vionic shoes and JK Zen Fitness. The event, created by Amy Cunha of Big Picture PR, was a huge success. Several important bloggers on fashion and fitness were in attendance.
Juliet Kaska, owner of JK Zen Fitness, was the belle of the ball. Not only did she rock her Vionic kicks, she also rocked a fabulous figure. Proof that she practices what she preaches. This is a very discreet, private studio that has attracted a cult following of celebrity clientele. It is unconventionally located among doctor’s offices in a high-rise building off of North Robertson (near Beverly Hills). Juliet is super down to earth, approachable and sweet. Naturally, it follows that her studio is unpretentious and warm.
Now for the kicks! As a photographer, I am on my feet A LOT. So, I was all ears to hear about the innovative technology behind Vionic shoes. A podiatrist developed and designed the insoles to reduce over-pronation. This can improve foot function and relieve common associated pains such as plantar fasciitis (heel pain), knee pain and back pain. It is the only footwear recommended by both the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and renowned integrative medicine doctor, Andrew Weil, MD.
Enough about the technology! The proof is in the comfort, right? After the party, I tried on a pair of Vionic sneakers and my feet practically melted into them.
Happy New Year everyone! I spent my holidays in Hawaii and saw a riveting display of big wave surfing at Banzai Pipeline (North Shore, Oahu). The faces of the waves were over 20-25 ft high. Although the surf isn’t always this big, December brings enormous sets. I was ill prepared to shoot this as I had decided to travel light. Boy, was I bummed and lens envy pervaded my entire being! Still, I wanted to share a few highlights.
I had heard it was a “big day”, but nothing could’ve prepared me for what I witnessed. I almost fell over upon first glimpse of the waves. These guys were taking off on CLIFFS! I had very mixed feelings about enjoying the show. Were they about to die or enjoy the most exhilarating ride of their lives? Regardless, several hours passed as I watched looping episodes of blue, barreling waves with surfers riding them for days.
For every 16 ft (face), there is approximately 1.5 TONS of power behind them. The biggest danger is a person or surfboard slamming (or slicing) into you. If you manage to avoid that, you’re still at high risk of being raked over the reef. Imagine a million little razor blades on the floor of the ocean and you’ll start to understand how painful that would be. Ok, you see how dangerous this is now…
This guy wasn’t so lucky
Happy holidays! Baby Luke arrived just in time for Christmas with his family. His proud parents are Barb and John (see my last post). What an honor it has been to document their wedding, pregnancy and their newborn son. More images to follow in the new year.
Wishing everyone a joyous holiday season filled with love, laughter and naughty food!
I photographed this insanely gorgeous maternity session on El Matador beach. We started discussing the details about a month in advance. This gave the couple plenty of time to find the perfect attire for this setting.
This beach, this couple, and the new life they are about to welcome into the world… well, it’s just breathtaking. I hope you enjoy these photos.
When Barb contacted me to photograph her baby shower, I was both honored and excited. I photographed her chic wedding last year in Marina del Rey. What a pleasure it was to work with this awesome woman in the process of becoming a mother! I can’t express how much I enjoyed working with her again.
Loving friends in Rolling Hills Estates threw the shower. It’s a place where wild peacocks roam free. Who knew such a place existed in L.A.? Throughout the afternoon, traditional games were played in the most competitive spirit I had ever seen! At times I was reminded of Courteney Cox’s character, Monica, from the TV series “Friends” (see the link at the end of this post).
The highlight of the day was a photo I took of Barb giving her usual sexy, smoldering look while holding up a onesie. Times have changed, but sexy never goes out of style!
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No, I didn’t bank 55k on my last gig; but, I still feel like I hit the jackpot.
A friend of mine told me about a collection of fifty five thousand taffeta dresses for sale. I was intrigued by the story behind the dresses. Paul Brockmann collected them for his wife, Margot, for over 56 years. They were ballroom dancers and he never wanted her to wear the same dress twice. Let’s just say he went a little overboard as he started to buy fifteen to twenty at a time.
The family rented a warehouse in Gardena to sell them. Definitely worth a look! Check out the links below for more information.
For updates on the next sale, “Like” their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/55ThousandDresses
Website with video: http://55thousanddresses.com/
The full story: http://www.laweekly.com/2013-08-01/news/cocktail-dresses-sale/
My nephew’s first birthday party was centered around the theme “pop”. Everything was dressed in red and blue, including my nephew! So many items that pop were included in the theme (popcorn, bubble wrap table runners, bubbles, balloons, lollipop centerpieces, soda pop, cake pops, sorbet push-pops…). And check out that motorcycle cake (popping a wheelie)! I have to give my sister props for such a well explored and implemented idea!
Just for fun, my brother-in-law made a Pinterest inspired polaroid frame (see images below). When he gets older, my nephew will surely appreciate the many thoughtful, loving, and creative touches that went into his party. And thankfully, his favorite Auntie was there to document it for him