What do you like to do during the summer months? We are not only readers in this house, but we are also fans of great music!
I met the A. family last week. They came to San Diego all the way from Louisiana. Thank you, thank you Anderson family for meeting with me for family portraits. Here is one sneak peek for you:
Encinitas Beach Photograph
Do I love music? Yes, yes I do. A couple of months ago, I started a personal project here on my blog – a project that would showcase the work of talented portrait photographers who specialize in portraits of musicians and documenting performances. Can I tell you a secret? A little part of me would LOVVVVVVVEEEEE to photograph muscians, not just for traditional portraiture, but to capture their day-to-day while they are on the road, giving a concert, or just in their home.
So, when I got back to New Jersey after my adventures with Celina and Carolina in Manhattan on day 3 of my NY trip, I got to hang out with my good pal Alan Ferber, who is an amazing NYC jazz musician, himself! Alan wanted to check out the summer concert event MapleWoodstock, grab a bite to eat, and buy his beautiful wife Jody (who is an amazing cellist, currently on tour with one of my fave artists, Esperanza Spalding) a nice present. So, we headed out to Maplewood, NJ and The Smithereens were playing! Remember them? The band behind great songs like “Blood and Roses,” “A Girl Like You,” and “Behind The Wall of Sleep.” What a treat it was to catch them live! And, thank goodness I was toting my camera because I got these images during their first son:
How cool is that???
Hiya! Today is day 3 in my series of my trip to NY! If you caught my other blog posts, you got to meet my other lovely friends and find out about the fun things I did with them.
First ,let me start off with an image that I took before my “dates” with my friends.
So, on my day 3, I met Celina for breakfast. Have you noticed a trend? I eat a lot. Celina has travelled the world for work and fun the last few years. And so, we had great discussions about not only travel, but also careers, relationships, friendships, family, politics, and social issues. Her experience, her perspective, her wisdom brought such depth to the time we spent together. Gosh. I know I’m gushing – I just super enjoyed my morning with Celina. Here she is, ready for our walk across the Brooklyn Bridge (to be honest, in the interest of time, we didn’t make it all the way across).
And here is one view from roughly the mid-point on the bridge.
And you know what this is? Yep. It is the view from the rooftop of her apartment building. WOW! WOW! WOW!
I was a little weepy to leave Celina behind, but thennnnnnnnn Carolina picked me up to go to LUNCH! I had a FAB. U. LOUS. time talking with Carolina about everything under the sun. She is such, such, such an incredible person. Not only is she super gorgeous on the outside (see below! see below!), but she is also super gorgeous on the inside. Gah! Carolina drove us to a great Mexican restaurant in Manhattan (Carolina, if you read this – what is the name of THAT place???) and I ate chips and guacamole. Yep, just good ol’ chips and guac. I just really needed to eat avocados. I think if I could only choose one thing to eat for the rest of my life, I would choose the avocado. Yum!
Love ya, girlie!
So, my day 3 is not over quiet yet, come back next week for a peek as to how I spent my summer evening in Maplewood, New Jersey!
Hello and welcome back! I have only one image to share with you today. An image I love, because these 2, er . . . I mean, these 3 are so dear to my heart. Meet my gorgeous friend Sarah and her adorable husband David and their baby-to-be!
On the second day of my NY trip, I got to hang out all day with Sarah and David. I’ve known Sarah for about 13 years now. We met when we were both living in Los Angeles through mutual friends. Oh, Sarah, how I love ya! You are bright, and talented. You are spunky and honest. You are loyal and kind. So it is no wonder that David, your adorable hubby, knew YOU were ONE of a KIND when he first met you.
David and Sarah took me to a great Brooklyn bagel place for brunch and even though we were totally stuffed from brunch, we made a stop at a donut shop. The best donut shop in the world, according to David. And David should know, he has excellent taste in food! Then we did a little bit of shopping, hung out for a while in their home, and headed to dinner with their friends. They cooked up some delicious food and I got a chance try for the first time grilled watermelon. Yum!
Next week, you’ll get to meet 2 more awesome friends when I tell you about my 3rd day in NY!
Hello! It has been quiet around here on this ol’ blog. I’m on summer time schedule! Lots of exploring around my neighborhood, hanging out with friends, taking my boys to swim lessons. So much fun to be had!
Today, I’d like to share with you a handful of images that are part of my “NY, NY” series – one blog post for each of the days I was in New York. I didn’t take too many pictures – I know, shocking! I kept my camera tucked away because this trip was part business and part pleasure. I’ll tell you more about the business part in a few days, but let me start off with the pleasure – hanging out with
good great friends.
I got to meet with friends Julie of Julie Walton Shaver Photography and Chelo of Chelo Keys Photography and Chelo’s cutie-patootie boy K. I met both Julie and Chelo on a photography forum 3 years ago and this is the second time I meet up with Julie and the first time I met Chelo in person! It was so great to catch up face to face.
Chelo is gorgeous, no?
And look at her bebe, K.!!!
Sadly, I don’t have pix of Julie to share. I took a few headshots of her but with HER camera!
After having breakfast with Julie, Chelo and Kent. I took the train into Penn Station and then the subway up to Columbus Circle which is at the south end of Central Park to meet my good friend Daisy – a fellow San Diegan. Daisy was also in New York for some quality friend time. We laughed at the fact that we live, like, 20 minutes from each other, but HAD to meet up in NYC!!! I met Daisy’s friends Cybil and Annie and tremendously enjoyed my afternoon strolling through Central park, chatting at Shepard’s Meadow before walking to MOMA in a rainstorm. Here is a pic before the rain started.
Then I met up with dear friends Amy Goodman and Jennifer Brandon for dinner at Avoce in the Time Warner building. I ate the most heavenly risotto I have ever tasted! Yummmmm! I’ve known Amy and Jen for about 18 years. We were all Communication Studies majors at UCLA (go Bruins!). And I just have to say, they are as wonderful now as they were back then. One of my greatest realizations on this trip is that I am a pretty good judge of character – it is great to know that I was pretty smart about choosing my pals when I was in my late teens. These two women (and the other friends you’ll meet in the upcoming blog posts) are incredible. Smart, funny, accomplished, warm. Just. Plain. Awesome
Please, please, please excuse the following picture. I gave it to a passerby and up popped up the flash and the image didn’t turn out as well as I would have wanted it to. BUT!!!! At least it is in focus. Every picture taken of me with my friends during my 6 day visit to NY was out of focus. Every single pic except for this one.
Come back for more “NY, NY” blog posts and meet the rest of my lovely friends tomorrow, Friday, and next week!
Today, we head back to the East Coast again after visiting with two CA photographers back to back. Today, I’d like to showcase Gail from Gail Montgomery Photography based out of Baltimore, Maryland.
It’s been a little quiet around here. I was back east last week and am just settling back into the swing of things. I can’t wait to share pics of my trip in the next couple of weeks! But first, I need to squeeze my boys and give them oodles of kisses. Here is one image – walking on the Brooklyn Bridge.