Monthly Archives: August 2012

Blog post by Chris, Photos by Alicia.

I absolutely love going to San Francisco, it’s like being immersed in an urban culture that has roots going back so far that even the history is hazy and hard to track down. This time, we went just for the day and after stepping off the plane, we promptly placed ourselves in line at Blue Bottle Coffee for some of that ultra dark brew that you can only seem to find in small coffee houses tucked away in the neighborhoods. After a most wonderful double ristretto pull of dark roasted wonderment, we sallied forth to explore the rest of the Ferry Building, and my senses were inundated with that timeless olfactory delight that is a combination of cold saltwater, creosote and alder roasting fish. Just pure heaven. With our fearless tour guides, Jen and Randy, we managed to circumnavigate pretty much the entire city from Chinatown, through Presidio Heights, Land’s End and back to the waterfront to end the wonderful day at Epic Roasthouse. It was a fantastic day with great friends and we’re really looking forward to their upcoming wedding!

 

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Recently the Las Vegas wedding community was rocked hard when we heard that a local venue was not only closing but appeared to have defrauded upwards of 40 couples of not only their money and time, but of their entire wedding day. After the initial shock, the entire community banded together and had a single mission: make sure these people are taken care of.  Collectively, the heart and soul of the Las Vegas wedding vendors rolled up their sleeves and got to work to not only make sure everyone was helped, but to make their wedding shine brighter than they could have imagined. It was through a somewhat panicked phone call that we first met Linda and Jerry, and we immediately felt at ease. When they told us who else was on board we knew right way it would going to rock. Superstars of the day were Canyon Gate Country Club, Naakti Floral, Enchanted Florist, Amelia C and Co., Reverend Judy Irving and High Flyin’ Entertainment.

 

 

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Venue: Canyon Gate Country Club

Hair and Makeup: Amelia C and Co.

Officiant: Rev. Judy Irving

Floral: Enchanted Florist

Rentals: Naakti/Sit-on-this

DJ: High Flyin’ Entertainment

 

While I never think of being a photographer as mundane or ordinary in any way, it’s freeing to run into a couple that looks for something unconventional and isn’t afraid to take a few chances. With that in mind, meeting the mohawk sporting Steve and the razor sharp Alexis, I knew we had a winning recipe for some serious fun in Las Vegas. Highly underrated, the confines of our cities lowly parking structures are a stark contrast to the crowds and bright sparkly lights of the Las Vegas Strip. Unassuming, and mostly neutral in nature, yet covered with grit and wrapped in concrete blocks steeped in stories we could only imagine, they’re one of my very favorite places to photograph.

 

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The traditional Aztec ritual from 2500+ years ago that is now Día de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead was originally around the beginning of August. When the strong Catholic influence took over, they moved the ritual to coincide with All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Regardless of how you see it, it’s hard to avoid the history of the event and with that in mind, we set out to make our own version of a living Catrina. The beautiful model is Kate, who owns Pretty Sick Beauty, and always does a killer job with my hair and color extensions.  One day while sitting in her salon chair, we came up with this idea for our photo shoot.  With the uber talented Amelia of Amelia C & Co. and help from the always talented Enchanted Florist we set out to make a pair of opposing but killer images.

 

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