I spent Thursday afternoon up in the beautiful town of Encinitas at the home of the Fendley’s. We were taking family pictures for a special project that they are working on. It was a great day and as usual I always find myself having the most fun taking pictures when I am taking pictures of people that I know and love. It is so much easier to be able to take pictures when you know the people and everyone is comfortable. When you do, you can take the most personal pictures of them in a comfortable and non threatening setting. I think that the only really good pictures you take are when you are connecting with the person you are taking a picture of. I can usually tell when I see a picture if the photographer is really connecting with the person that they are shooting. If they are not, the pictures look uncomfortable – like when you see someone wearing a sweater or shirt that looks just a little ill-fitting. I think with the Fendley’s I am able to capture great moments because they are so great in front of the camera, but they are so connected with the moment. This makes every moment real and genuine so the pictures turn out great. It was a great day and I can’t wait to post all of the pictures in the next few days.
Look at this girl – is she not the cutest little thing you have laid your eyes upon? Well, that is Isabela and she keeps insisting on cute-ing it up until people can’t take it anymore. As she gets older by the day, she learns new techniques, faces and hand movements to make herself even more adorable than she was before. She has just begun adding in cute sounds and baby words into the mix to “take it to the next level of cuteness”.
This clever little girl knows how to work the crowd and will pull out an arsenal of cute activities if it means winning them over. For example, she has discovered the innocently extending her middle finger while sleeping or doing certain activities will create the ultimate ironic situation which will cause people to be bowled over by the cute factor. I mean a baby extending the middle finger while gently rubbing her eyes. Come on – that is genius. You have to hand it to Isabela she is cute-ing it up to a level we have never seen before.
When we were kids my dad made us watch British Soccer Games on ABC on Saturday afternoons. The games were actually pretty boring but the announcers of the games were very lively in their British accents and made the games interesting to watch. Our favorite moments on those Saturday afternoons were when one of the teams scored a goal and the announcer would scream quite loudly into their microphone… “Its a goooooaaaaal”, drawing out all of the vowels as the British do.
Today was a soccer day for me. First and foremost I had a chance to watch my awesome nephew Geno play soccer for the first time. He is an awesome athlete and very competitive so I was very proud to watch him doing his best on the field. Later that day my other two awesome nephews, Charlie and Irish took me to the San Diego Soccers Indoor National Championship game – and they won. It was an all around great day for Soccer in San Diego and the weather as usual was picture perfect. Click on the link below to see the full gallery of Geno playing his heart out in the soccer game.
Tonight Tu and I went out to take some photographs. I have been wanting to develop a series of photographs about levitation. I have seen some on the internet but they look really difficult to pull off. Well Tu did a pretty good job for her first time and we shot her in Downtown San Diego with an umbrella. It was not really raining or anything but it made a good prop and easy to try to create a swept away look. We’ll keep practicing.
It was absolutely coming down in buckets today in San Diego. The skies opened up and gave us a month of rain in a single day. The paper reported the the rainfall in the last 12 hours has exceeded the average that we get for the entire month of November. That means coats, scarves, blankets and lazy days here in San Diego. I caught a picture of a barely able to keep her eyes open Darla and her mom (and my sister) Elizabeth wrapped in woolen sweaters and hats. You can picture how happy and safe Darla feels and how happy Liz is to have her right there next to her.
I am not sure if you are aware but my niece Lucy is a pretty avid bike rider. She rides pretty cool motorcycles and takes off on the road for days on end. When she is happy she will give you a thumbs up as she rides by, when she disapproves of you she will show you with a definitive thumbs down. Check out this wild child on her new Harley and you will be amazed.
Michelle, my sister in law and Bill my brother are finally having a baby. They have wanted a baby for a long time and Michelle is due this December. December 31st to be exact so the baby girl will either be close to the last baby of 2011 or perhaps the first baby of the new year 2012. I took some pictures of them today. It was a first for me and I have never taken pictures for an expecting mother but it was quite fun and both she and Bill did great.
My nephew Oliver celebrated his 5th Birthday yesterday. The party was held at their house in Encinitas and it was a blast – there were lots of kids, chickens, superhero’s and a real life BatMobile. Now this was not just any Batmobile but a unique one of a kind custom build by his dad Michael. The custom build took over 40 hours (probably many more) and involved a lot of blood sweat and tears. The result was the most awesome looking kids car that I have ever seen. Michael designed and built the car himself using fiberglass, paint and other materials. You have got to see this car. I took a picture of Oliver in the car after the part ended. Oliver said it was the most awesome birthday ever. He has some great parents I must say and now he has a really awesome new car.