Monthly Archives: August 2010

San Diego Film Photographer // Last Days of Summer

As my inbox is filled with emails describing the fall fashions and kids are going back to school, San Diego is finally realizing that it is summer.  The sun is out, the heat has been cranked up and the beach is all shades of blue.  There are a lot of times when I am not in love with So Cal…  this is not one of those times.

San Diego Film Photographer // The Bounty of the Farmer’s Market

After reading this book, I became totally enamored of the “urban gardening” movement.  I had always thought I would have to have a farm, complete with cows and horses and acres of property, in order to really reap the rewards of the land… and in San Diego, that just isn’t really feasible for most of us.  Then I found out that you can grow a garden on the side of your house, raise bees on rooftops in NYC, and keep chickens in your postage stamp-sized backyard.  For the past few months, I have been devouring every article and book on raising veggies and chickens and bees in the city with high hopes for next year’s bounty.  In the meantime, I visit the So Cal farmer’s markets and try not to get too jealous over the farmers’ stands of mouthwatering fresh produce…

San Diego Wedding Photographer // Rockstars

Rockstar grooms play in the band at their own wedding.  Anh is definitely a rockstar groom.  More from Anh + Melissa’s wedding soon!

San Diego Photographer // Tiki Oasis

I attended the Tiki Oasis Tenth Anniversary Extravaganza this weekend.  It was amazing!  Well, the small moments I got to see were amazing.  Because of a previous engagement, I was only able to attend a couple events in a weekend of festivities.  But oh my… the clothes… the costumes… the culture…  the mai tais…  all of it was fabulous.  These folks really know how to party.  And it is so cool that EVERYONE dresses up!  (A good way to get introduced to the world of vintage clothing is to check out places online like Retro Diva and Etsy or locally, like San Diego’s own Bedouin Vintage Collective.)  If you are like me, you’ll be signing up for next year as soon as tickets are available.

After a rum and chocolate tasting class, my fab friends Christy & April (the one who introduced me to Tiki Oasis) agreed to show me around a bit of the hotel and pose for a few photos.  Thanks ladies!

A New Leaf // Updates & Changes

What a long, strange trip it’s been…

I know I’ve been mostly absent from this space in the past month or so, only checking in to drop hints about big, looming changes, somewhere on the horizon.  Yes, I’ve definitely got some ‘splainin’ to do.

July 8th, I quit my job.  My secure, paycheck-every-two-weeks kind of job.  I had toyed with the idea for so long – two years – but fear and uncertainty kept me from quitting it cold-turkey.  And though I loved my coworkers dearly, I knew, from the minute I finished my first photography class, that it was not the place for me.  I celebrated my new freedom for two days.  And then everything got crazy.  I traveled to Portland, Oregon to hang out with Tricia + Greg.  Then back to San Diego to attend the FIND workshop.  I headed out to Montana to spend a week chasing double rainbows with Kelly & Matthew.  Then, just when I thought I was going to catch my breath and spend some time at home, I ended up taking a last-minute trip to Buffalo, New York.  4 weeks, 3 states, a life-changing workshop, and I shot 6 weddings and two engagement sessions.  I could have spent the next week just sleeping.

Instead, I have been catching up on the last of my weddings shot with a digital camera.  Yes, you read that right… the LAST.  I may break it out from time to time, but it is going to be fewer and farther between with the hope that it will one day (soon!) be obsolete in my photography.  With film, my passion for making photographs has been reborn.  I do not want to sit behind a computer, editing images.  I want to be connecting with people, seeing beauty in everything the world has to offer and capturing those “decisive moments.”  I want to experiment, create art, take risks, and take my skills to the next level and beyond.  I never want to look back.  For me, transitioning to film is the only way.

Unfortunately, the film industry is not as on fire about all this as I am.  Fuji is discontinuing all but two or three lines of it’s pro film.  Kodak is gaining some ground, but still has a way to go in filling the gaping hole that now exists for film shooters.  Former staples of the film camera industry are no longer being sold as the consumer demands for DSLRs and P&S cameras are now the only way to make real money as a photo retailer.  And as the supply dwindles, the cost of goods goes up.

I have not really changed my prices since I started my photographic journey 5 years ago.  It is time.  Even if the cost of film was not a factor, it would still be time for change.  So, as of September 18th, I’m raising my prices to reflect my time and talent as an artist and to offset the cost of using a medium that is a bit more expensive than what I’ve used in the past.  I’m so excited and ready to start tomorrow, but in fairness to all of you who have supported and encouraged me over the years, I am extending a special offer.

The Fine Print:

All sessions must be booked by September 17th, 2010, but can be held at a later date.

Travel fees are not included.  Any sessions not held in the San Diego County/Temecula areas will include travel fees.

All sessions/weddings will include a mix of digital and film.

For more details on what is included in session/wedding pricing, please inquire.

Next up… more film work on the blog – as soon as I get it all back from the lab! :)