A little bit of the East Coast

January 30, 2008 | Filed Under Check it out, Travel by michael | 15 Comments 

Everyone likes travel pics, and we’ve already been asked several times to post some from our time out in New England, so we’ve put together a few for the blog.
We wanted to experience the 6 states (NY, CT, MA, RI, ME, and VT) that we drove through for their true beauty without having destinations or itineraries, so that sight, smell, and whimsy accounted for our experiences. Each day we jumped in our rental car and drove, with no real destination, to see all that we could. We stopped everywhere, randomly. We photographed everything. And when our time drew close to ending, we found ourselves 2 states away, and only 6 hours left before our flight left without us from JFK. Lets just say that, had Vermont been any larger, or the roads longer and more windy, we’d have missed our flight by a lot more than 2 hours. Thats right, we still totally missed it. And we thought L.A. had bad traffic during rush hour. Anyhow, what we did see and experience was amazing, and we already can’t wait to go back (maybe eventually to live) to these beautiful states. Enjoy!

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Vermont’s amazing roads begged for a sports car, but my rental manned up and got the job done!

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The view from Central Park with our Infrared.

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I shot this for my dad. This one shot might just encompass everything that he would be about on a Saturday afternoon.

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Emi went running super early in the morning in Massachusetts and found a couple of really sweet beach access spots among the vacation homes. It was really really cold here.

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Early morning light seems to make all the difference when capturing those photos that just beg for attention. Emi grabbed this one with the IR in Maine.

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Driving through Vermont early in the morning the fog covered everything in a blanket, almost like a heavy snowfall. This is one of my favorite images from the trip, along with another fog image.

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Emi grabbed this sunrise in Maine, again after a short run she had the best spots picked out for photo ops.

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I absolutely love fog like this. This is about 6:00am in Vermont.

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We had pulled over to get a shot of a lighthouse (which you’ll see below) and I turned around to see the sun coming through this beach house on the cliff.

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This was on our last day as we raced through Vermont. I almost didn’t pull over, but as we drove the scene just kept getting more unreal, so we actually turned around to go back and get this photo.

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A gothic church in CT.

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This is what we had come to see, the bright colors that New England is famous for in the fall.

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I had to grab a shot of this old car parked outside of this beach house. On the other side of the road the beach came right up to the sea grass. I’ll take a place like this!

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Emi, taking a short walk on a long pier. (he-he, get it!)
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I forgot the name of this lighthouse, but it didn’t seem real. Like a little mini version out on the rocks.

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We stopped to grab a couple photos of a crab shack, and Emi found this canoe filled with apples that had fallen from the overhanging tree.

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There are signs like this all over the smaller towns. Such a cool thing to still have small handmade wooden signs guiding you.ne_24.JPG

The light was coming through the trees in bands as we drove through the mountains, so we pulled over and I grabbed a few shots of the trees that were closest to the road.

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A bunch of egrets in a marsh in Conneticut.

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This was that same morning with the intense fog, and we had driven for a while to find this covered bridge (popular in VT).

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I don’t know why, but I love this shot. Something about the juxtaposition of the natural beauty with the old dilapidated dock.

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Trying to stay warm.

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Michelle & Morad – Palos Verdes Engagement Session

January 27, 2008 | Filed Under Engagement by michael | 7 Comments 

It was a perfect day in Palos Verdes where I met Michelle & Morad for their engagement session. We had already rescheduled twice due to crazy weather over the last couple of weeks, so it was a beautiful afternoon for a photo session. I love the natural beauty of the settings Michelle chose. She had wanted something close to beach, but not on the beach, so I wanted to focus on the views and some of the different coastal features. I found a few treasure spots (the yellow flower field and the “lumpy grass” as Michelle and I called it) where we really just played off of the light and what was happening with the setting. There was something in these settings that just seemed to call out, that begged to be expressed. Maybe the best way to explain would be to say that the moments make the images, not the photographer, and so it’s just a matter of being in the right place to capture it.

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Baby Kennedy

January 22, 2008 | Filed Under Portrait by emi | 3 Comments 

Our dear friends Ryan & Carrie Phillips had a baby girl last week and we couldn’t wait to meet her, so we headed over to their house to get some images of their new babe. She did really well for her first photo shoot and I’m sure this is just the beginning of her model career. Here are a few of her at only 4 days old. Isn’t she just the most precious thing.

Ryan and Carrie were kind enough to let us come in and make these images of their brand new baby.
Congratulations Ryan & Carrie. She is beautiful!

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