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Del Mar Race – Opening Day Fashions – San Diego

In celebration of Del Mars 75th anniversay, I wanted to capture photographs with a timeless appeal. I love  looking at nostalgic pictures of times gone by when ladies and gents dressed to the nines for mid-day affairs. In order to portray classic fashions in a year where flourescent has made a huge comeback, it was absolutely necessary to shoot black and white photos.

 

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The theme of the event was vintage. Although I didn’t spot much vintage fashion amongst the ladies, I did photograph a few classic beauties and some hats that were over-the-top fun. I seem to be attracted to any hat that has feathers or stripes on it!

Pictured above is the extraordinary hat maker Alakazia with models Christelle Tachon and Kelly Lenahan modeling his wonderous creations. Almost everyone wore hats in recognition of the tradition on opening day.opening day del mar in san diego 2012 black and white photos by artisitic photographer heather van gaaleI loved all the crazy hats but I couldn’t take my eyes off of the thoroughbreds. Number 10 was gorgeous. I spotted him in the paddock and had a hunch about him. I loved his gray mane,dappled coat and rebellious energy. The lines were long and the race was starting so I didn’t have time to place my bet.

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As you can see he  won! I wished I would have placed my bet..but atleast I managed to get a shot of him crossing the finish line.

 

If you liked this story you may like my photos of opening day at Rancho Santa Fe Polo Club here.

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xo

Heather

 

 

Temecula childrens photography of future FMX and motorcross superstar! Ryder

Notice how the story transitions from toy motorcycle, to bicycle, to quad, to motorcyle with dad, to finally the bliss of freedom when Ryder sits on his own motorcycle! I loved photographing this little freckle face cutie as he dreams of becoming a freestyle and motorcross racer like his dad and flying through the air. He’s so scrumptious and unpredictable!
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In honor of The Festival of Mothers

I believe becoming a mother gives us a stamina that we never knew we had. For the child creates a newly born energy that empowers us with pure mental,physical and emotional strength. It is the profoundest fulfillment of everlasting love.

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I took this portrait of single mother Julie and her sons in 2003. Julie is a great mother and successful business owner.

Over 45 countries celebrate The Festival of Mothers.  It is hugely recognized, although on many different dates. People all over the world honor mothers for giving life & love. The honor dates back to ancient festivals of the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses and mothers of deities.