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Gay Pride Parade – San Diego

The Gay Pride Parade in San Diego was a fantastical party drawing thousands of supporters. A plethora of rainbows and colorful people filled the streets. With a mutual vision of a world free of prejudice, many marched  and cheered honoring respect, diversity,acceptance and self-expression.
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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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San Diego Polo Club – Opening Day

San Diego Polo Club opening day June 2012 provided lots of eye candy for my camera to feast on. Party dresses in a rainbow of colors persuaded me to shoot more color rather than black & white film.
riviera magazine and polo club rancha santa feThe Rancho Santa Fe Cup was in part sponsored by the glamourous San Diego lifestyle mag Riviera Magazine, with a half time fashion show featuring clothing from Poppy Boutique. Contrasting shades of blues and oranges dominated the summer time soiree. I love the bold and elegant Diane Von Furstenburg dress (top left available at  www.pinkicing.com) paired with turquoise earrings by Nomadic Fashion. Although the beautiful trio (pictured below) knows that white is still an all-time classic at polo matches.
polo san diego opening day event photographerOf course in a sea of white pants and seersucker suits my camera was drawn to the black lace and decked out do of the leather and chain clad poodle. He seems to be enjoying the game.
The day drew in a record number of visitors showing support to save the San Diego Polo Club (sign petition here).
Even though I am essentially a portrait photographer, and there were plenty of characters to photograph, the excitement of the game challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and try some action sports photography.
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I didn’t quite bring the right lenses and equipment and I knew nothing about the game of polo but I managed to get a few shots that I was happy with. The shot, directly above was taken with my magic camera. Sometimes images end up on my camera that I didn’t know I captured. I put my credit on the photo but really the credit goes to the photo gods for giving me little gifts like that.
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There was a lot going on in the social scene part but taking pictures forced me to engage in the action-filled sport more than the champagne. Jetsuite/Monteverde and Stormmeadow/Adeptus played a close game throughout all the chukkers, but Jetsuite ended up winning the game with Marino Gutirrez scoring final shot.
san diego polo club riviera magazineParty goers lingered after the match with tunes spun by DJ so I did get a chance to mingle and document some fashions. Amongst my findings was a striking six foot two female model with a flamboyant hat, a hip older woman with a wide rimmed feather hat and rad glasses, a celebrity stylist that looks like my son Paultje, and real men that wear pink and pastels!
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san diego polo roberto estudillo esquivel and diego cossioPictured above left, polo player Roberto Estudillo Esquival, sports classic polo swag. Above right, polo superstar and self-professed metal head Diego Cossio adds a rocker edge to the polo world.
Would also like to thank Chris from Star Limos Southern for driving us there in his luxurious limosine!! xo sweetie.

valentines day

i love valentines day! many women come to me at this time of year seeking that extra special gift to give to their lover. most of the women are moms and women over the age of 30. its so cute to see them all giddy & nervous as they get dolled up for their man. we do beautiful portraits, something a bit sexier and then abstract body shots of his favorite parts. warning! not for the faint at heart. this is not your average boudoir photography. haha just kidding.  really though, we do push the limits a wee bit but our clients are always surprised with how comfortable they were and extremely pleased with the results.

our  private studio off a dirt road near temecula wine country is the perfect setting for your secret boudoir photography session or we can come to your home.