Yesterday, I shot my client Adrienne Clay's extended family at a home in Palo Alto. The family was celebrating Adrienne's in-laws 40th wedding anniversary--how amazing is that? I worked with their family--consisting of their 4 children and their spouses and their 5 grandkids. It could be a challenge to work with children, but I have to say, I think I've done enough family shoots where I feel comfortable enough to take more on.
Marinello is the name of beauty colleges located throughout the state. Their main campus is in Whittier, but they needed exterior photos of their campuses in SF, Santa Clara, and Castro Valley to put in their offices. They were on a tight schedule, needing the photos by the 30th. I shot them on the 28th, but figuring the CDs wouldn't reach them on time, I posted them on shutterfly to ensure they could make their necessary enlargements.
Now I know where to get my hair done :)
Bushido Fight Team, a MMA training facility in SF, was in need of a group photo of all their students and I had the opportunity to play around with some strobes to light the 40+ martial artists. It was a nice stroll down memory lane seeing the comradere through sweat and hard work from these guys (and few girls) from my high school wrestling days...perhaps I might join them eventually...?
I got this gig through a friend of mine, Jen, who has been working towards promoting a candidate for supervisor of district 6, Jane Kim. The Pistahan Parade is the largest celebration of Filipino culture, heritage, and arts in SF and was held over the past weekend downtown. It was a first for me actually walking in a parade, and couple that with photographing Jane as she was part of the parade made it even more memorable. It was a fun experience taking a few photos, then playing catch up with the car. Being in the middle of all this attention amongst a crowd of thousands helped me relive my rockstar dreams... :)
"OK, so I know my name isn't credited for the photo, and I know it isn't the most amazing thing ever, and I know the ad is so dominant you may not even notice the photo, but when I first turned the page and saw a photo I actually took, in a magazine, I couldn't help but laugh and smile! It still counts :)
Check out page 55 of the August issue of 7x7 magazine for the DonQ half page ad!" was my post on Facebook today.
I had such a hysterical laugh earlier today when I found it. I had done the photoshoot in June, and the mystery of which photo would be used was really built up...and initially led to disappointment...I didn't see the photo the first time I flipped through the magazine!
I spent a little over an hour at the SF General Hospital today. Unlike other times I had been inside a hospital, I was neither a visitor nor a patient...but rather an "employee."
Sojourn Chaplaincy is having their 3rd annual gala fundraiser on May 22nd and they were in need of some photos of the Chaplains in action - talking to patients, discussing things in the hall, etc. They already had a videographer in place but at the last minute decided a photo slideshow would be effective as well.
Due to hospital restrictions and the sensitivity of most of the patients, I was only able to photograph inside one of the patient rooms. Mary was kind enough to oblige, and the day started with me photographing her for a short time. By the end of the day, I ended up photographing about a dozen or so employees. It was quick and easy, but the sensitivity of being and photographing in a hospital was a strange change of scenery from my normal gigs.