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Lenny Zenith, 1984
Not too long ago, I ran into an old friend, Lenny Zenith, through our mutual FB acquaintances. It was nice to have a way to get back in touch. So, after digging around, I found a few photos from back in New Orleans, circa 1984.
The Letter “B” and friends
Beer, Bartenders, Butterflies, Biking and Business. It doesn’t get any better than this folks!
My recent travels included Council Brewing Company, Kettner Exchange, Balboa Park, Duck Foot Brewing Company, San Diego County Bicycle Coalition’s Gordy Shields Memorial Ride, Vuori Clothing, and studio portraits.
I meet the nicest coolest people when I’m on assignment. I love my job.
It has been quite a while since I have added a new post. The new year has started off with many new assignments on the horizon, and has been just as busy as the end of the year proved to be, along with some interesting subjects.
In the past couple of months I have photographed Freedome Bradley-Ballentine, the Old Globe’s new director of arts engagement and Willy Wonka leading a family 5k at the San Diego County Administration Building. Then, there was a stop off at the Fall Brewing Company in North Park and beer and food pairings at Abnormal Beer at The Cork & Craft restaurant, in Rancho Bernardo. Then I met Ori Talmon, a composer of contemporary classical music, and bartender Eric Johnson of Juniper and Ivy, who was named Discover San Diego’s Bartender of the Year, Violinist Karen Gomyo, at Copley Symphony Hall, the dedication of the new Sator Hall science building at Point Loma Nazarene University, and the Hmong New Year celebration in Kearny Mesa. Nothing beats variety!
Here are a few of the images from some of my last assignments and portraits.
Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui has an amazing vision. He crafts metal sculpture from old liquor bottle caps, weaving them into a tapestry-like metal fabric. Anatsui, who resides in Nigeria, poses with some of his color fabric installations at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Downtown. The fabrics are created from liquor caps painstaking sewn together with metal pieces. El Anatsui creates other sculpture from wood and old newspaper press printing plates.
Tony, Liz and the kids
I never tire of family photo sessions in Balboa Park. The green space, architecture, and landmarks offer some amazing settings and backgrounds.
I love finding a new spot or re-inventing compositions in an old favorite setting. When I recently met with Tony, Liz and the kids shortly before the holidays, even though the park was buzzing with activity, we managed to find some great little areas were we created their family photos. They are a wonderful family and we had lots of fun!
Quinn and Stella, the gifts that keep on giving
Quinn and Stella, both rescued, are buddies. They are each others best gift. Quinn, although very handsome and personable young fellow, could be a bit grumpy – until he found Stella’s unexpected friendship. Stella, a quite cute young little gal, just needed a best buddy. I am so happy to have them in my life. I hope you all have have a happy holiday season!
Staci and Family
I recently photographed Staci, her three sons, Kenneth, Kody and Kasey and her brother Wade and his husband, Matthew, on an early Saturday morning in Balboa Park. We had a great session on a clear and beautiful day.
I love surprises!
About a week ago, I had an assignment to photograph Sandra and Valerie, who are with the Guardian Scholars program. I arrived at the location, a home, that was under construction.
As I walked up, I admit, I panicked. I could see inside, and the interior was in complete disarray. The furniture was huddled in the middle of the expansive living room, and there were construction materials everywhere. There was really no suitable area with a nice background for a studio lit portrait.
Valerie then suggested the idea of an outside location, for which I did not hold much hope… But, to my astonishment, from the rear of the home, there was a beautiful view of Lake Miramar.
A hidden gem! The small rolling hills and lake, caressed in the late afternoon sunlight, created a gorgeous painting-like backdrop for my subjects, and I couldn’t have been happier!
Ken’s Portrait Session in Balboa Park
Happy Birthday, Ken! Ken stepped out for a custom portrait to celebrate his 75th birthday. The late afternoon Balboa Park session offered great light and was a splendid location. Here are a few of the preview images.