26 06 2009

Steve and Abby brand themselves as ‘Stabby.” It was a beautiful wedding, great location on a little horse ranch in rural Indiana, great weather, great company. I’d previously shot the wedding of Steve’s older brother, so I’ve gotten to know the families pretty well.

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Ara & Matthew

24 06 2009

It’s been a busy several months for me. In April Meredith and I spent her spring break exploring canyons in Arizona and Utah (photos coming soon, but here are hers), May saw two almost back to back trips to the east coast to visit family – got a brand new niece, sadly lost a beloved great-aunt – and this wedding in the Marin headlands. June so far has included a trip to Indiana to shoot another wedding, with some sightseeing in Chicago as a bonus (photos still in the works), and soon the summer adventures will begin. More on that later. Here are some nice wedding photos:

Hannah Montana

28 03 2009


Took my little nieces (8 and 11) to a taping of the Hannah Montana show last week.  Tickets are invite-only; a friend of mine who works in the Disney universe hooked us up, for which we are very grateful!  The littlest niece is wild about HM, like all 8-year-old girls.  The weird thing, from her perspective, is that it isn’t like a concert (she has all the HM concert DVDs), it isn’t simply a live performance of the TV show – it’s more like take-your-kid-to-work day.  There’s a crew of dozens of people, cameras, mics, cables, chairs, directors and all sorts of random grown-ups everywhere. They’re constantly buzzing around doing some boring thing other than filming TV.  For a few moments, the cast comes out and acts briefly, usually messing up somehow and doing it over and over (keep in mind, this was late on Friday, at the end of a long week of filming, towards the end of a long season of filming every week.  We’ve all been there.  Except the cast are only 15 years old.  Some life…).  Then the cast vanishes and the crew buzzes around again for a long time.  There’s a warm-up guy, sort of a hyper-caffeinated comedian, who keeps the kids from falling asleep with games, HM trivia, literally passing out bags of candy.  Without him it might have been total misery for the girls (started standing in line at 3pm, got in around 4:45, started filming at around 6, finished around 9pm).

Despite the relatively limited view from the audience bleachers, the long hours, the constant interruption of alarm bells and having to be quiet, lights on and off, having to fake laughter on the eighth take of the same unfunny line….  Every time someone in the cast appeared, an electric jolt ran through the crowd of mostly pre-teen girls, and at the end, the girls got to pose for a couple seconds in front of Miley Cyrus and the others.  I think that’s the part they’ll remember.

A few more photos from the show here. Catching up on some other stuff…  some new photos here and here, and lots of reorganization on the front page of Check it out.

rock climbing, Joshua Tree

23 02 2009

Spent the past week rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park with Meredith (these are her pictures). Scraped up my knuckles a lot. Meredith continues to grumble about my Metolius Mastercams. Had some good weather, some bad. We continue to have a unique ability to turn a trivial 5.3 multipitch into a 5.10a splitter crack half-day epic with a pretty solid overhanging lead fall (thank you, yellow Alien). By the end of the trip we were more dialed in and having a really great time. Morning climbs were all frozen numb hands and feet, but the afternoon weather got to be outstanding – shirtsleeves and no winter hats. I have a couple pics up too: