Carried away by the wind

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 in Family

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.

Rainy Day, Cozy Day

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 in Family

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.

Born to be Wild

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 in Family

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.

 http://www.frankiefoto.com/Portraits/Biker-Lucy/19436788_gkjqB2

Having a baby

Posted on Oct 8, 2011 in Family

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.

Oliver’s Awesome BatMobile

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 in Family

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.

Mary and Lucy

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 in Family

You be the judge.  Do you see any resemblance here?

Mary

Lucy

Tu’s Birthday

Posted on Sep 16, 2011 in Family

Today is Tu’s birthday.  She turned 30 today, but to me she will always be Tu.  Get it?  That’s a joke.  Well we are on our way to the airport to go to Las Vegas.  This should be a nice weekend.  Will she gamble away our life savings?  Will she play the $500 dollar slot machines.  Odds are that she won’t because she does not like gambling.  Happy Birthday Tu!

A visit to Kathy’s

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 in Family

I just went up for a visit to my sisters Kathy.  She lives in Central California along a beautiful stretch of beach called Pismo Beach.  I am from a large family of 12 kids and Kathy was the oldest, although you would never know it since she looks much younger than I do.  Kathy was a special person in the family.  She just has a very dynamic and cheery disposition that draws everyone to her.  I remember when we were younger and she left the house finally to go to college.  We were left traumatized as she drove away as we felt the family would never be the same without her around the house.  Well it was true – everything did change after she left.  It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t the same without her there.

I had never really had the opportunity to visit Kathy in many years and check out her home or the area that she lived so this was a special experience.   I am not sure how to describe what it is that Kathy does since it is so eclectic and original.  I would say she is part collector, part stylist, part decorator and part food aficionado all rolled into one.  She just has a knack for creating a feeling in places that she goes.  Her house is an amazing collection of beautiful vignettes and pieces done more tastefully and originally then you might find in any place in the world.   It is french shabby chic but much much more.   I was lucky enough that she let me photograph the rooms of her house – something that she has not allowed anyone else to do.

Kathy let me take some pictures of her too while I was there.  She was very easy to take pictures of because the camera loves her, but she even changed her outfits and let me take pictures of her in various settings.  Kathy is pretty amazing and I really enjoyed my short but eventful time in her house.