Saturday, January 24, 2009

California, Part 2 : : Through My Lens

Yesterday, Jen and I took a drive to the old Mission in Santa Barbara. There was so much beauty, amazing architecture and history that we couldn't put our camera's down.

We also got to play paparrazi later that night at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and met Kate Winslet...Jen even snagging an autograph! We were totally star-struck and pretty excited to have had an opportunity to snag some photos of this lovely actress.

Doing a little wine tasting on the wharf
A friendly Heron

Actress Bai Ling

Kate Winslet!

Friday, January 23, 2009

California, Part 1 : : Through My Lens

Jen and I are into day three of our trek down the coast of California. It has been a journey of incredible sights, encounters with wildlife and truly getting back to our roots of our beginning love of photography. Today we sit in Santa Barbara, sipping coffee at a hip little coffee house, and look through our many images we've taken.

The following images are just a few from the journey thus far.

We stopped dead on the street to take pictures of this coyote. Totally amazing.

You know I can't resist a bird picture.

Elephant seals. There were hundreds of them lining this beach.
One thing I absolutely love about this state...the many organic fruit farm stands along the way.

Our first night in California we stayed at the Hotel Diva in San Francisco. A totally appropriate stop for this duo.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Packing Up and Heading Out!

Today I am flying out to warmer climates and meeting up with my dear friend and studio partner, Jen, for a little winter getaway in California! After a busy year, I am taking 10 days to get out of the cold, rejuvinate my spirit, and spend some time trekking down the coast and taking in the beautiful sights. It's a trip we have been looking forward to and a much needed getaway from my computer!

I will be checking my email and voice mails while I am away, but please allow me a little extra time for me to get back to you. Check my blog and Twitter for updates while I am away!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Lindsay + Ben : : Preview Gallery

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Lindsay and Ben's wedding was absolutely fabulous in so many ways. Not only is this couple sweet, warm and loving...I quickly learned that so were their friends and families. And speaking of family, Lindsay and Ben had a unique family dynamic in which Lindsay's older sister is married to Ben's older brother. Both of their families had already been through a wedding together five years ago! Totally cool.

This couple was married at the beautiful Third Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, followed by a reception at the University Club. Between the ceremony and reception, we headed out for some pictures downtown where this group was more than willing to get chilly for a bit for some pictures in the snow. Lindsay even going it alone without her coat! That's dedication friends!

Lindsay and Ben also rented a horse-drawn carriage for some of their pictures and we rode along in the snowy streets of Grand Rapids. Ben proposed to Lindsay on a carriage last year and it was a perfect sentiment to incorporate into their wedding day.

Ben and Lindsay - I hope you are enjoying the warm weather in St. Lucia! Enjoy your preview!

The glamour girls, showing off their fabulous shoes