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Long Beach Vintage Record Store

A few months ago I posted a blog about Sharreace. We decided to do a second shoot to show her in her element this time. We did the shoot at Dizzy On Vinyl a vintage record store in Long Beach. We had quite a few good laughs about some of the sweet tunes we used to listen too. I think my favorite is the “2 legit 2 quit” album she is holding in one of the images.

Runners Photo Group Zooey Deschanel Inspired.

If you’ve ever seen the movie “Yes Man” you probably remember Zooey Deschanel had a runners photography group. On this last photo shoot I couldn’t help but think I was apart of her group while running and taking pictures. In my search I found an actual facebook group who has just such a group. Here’s the link. They’re based in Minneapolis so if anyone is ready to start an Orange county group let me know!

If you’re looking for a group that works out for more than just a good laugh I’d recommend Rough Fit. Rough Fit is who this shoot was actually for. They’re an Orange County based fitness group that focuses on getting in shape and developing healthy lifestyles even within our busy lives.

P.S. If you love indie music make sure you listen to Zooey Deschanel’s band She and Him.

aaron - September 7, 2010 - 5:25 pm

Nice images, great use of lighting good job!!

A Catalina Island Wedding :: Ana Maria & David

My favorite part of this wedding was getting to know Ana Maria and David. I mean, getting to visit Catalina Island for the first time and waking up to an ocean view was also a plus! But honestly Ana Maria and David are two of the most genuine people I’ve met in a long time. We got along so well, we’re planning to meet up again soon to just have coffee and talk about life. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to connect on a friend level with my clients. It makes it so much more easy to capture the emotions of memorable moments with some understanding and appreciation for who people are and the journey they’ve lived.

One of the fun details from this wedding is that Ana Maria made her awesome veil as well as the homemade boutonnières and corsages for family members. She has a business called American Tart and told me, “I started making pieces for myself because I couldn’t find anything that was ‘ME’ out there and certainly nothing that was unique at a reasonable price point.” She has very affordable prices and loves to make custom pieces!

Flowers: Tracy at Bloom Floral (Avalon, CA on Catalina)
Hair Piece, Boutonnières, Corsages – American Tart (Ana Maria–the bride!)
Venue: Catalina Country Club (Jessica Marical, Event Coordinator)
Handmade Birds Cake Topper: Lauren Alane

Ana Maria - July 26, 2010 - 8:45 pm

Thank you Dominique! That is very sweet. We owe Chris the "thank you" for capturing the essence of our wedding day. I am so happy you and Matt shared the day with us- and he shared the link with you!

Dominique - July 26, 2010 - 8:48 am

Quite possibily my favorite wedding! I had a wonderful time. Your photos were amazing and truly captured the beauty and intimacy of the day.

Portrait of an Artist: Sharreace

Last week I had the good pleasure of photographing my friend Sharreace. She is one of those friendly souls that everyone loves to be around. She has a unique ability for bringing artists together to share ideas and unite for a cause.

The last few years she has been discovering and embracing a gifting and passion for the arts. We actually met through an artist mixer that she helps organize called Long Beach Creative. Her most recent endeavor is called SolShock, a business and resource for promoting artistry and musicians.

What I love most about Sharreace is that it’s only been in the last few years that she has let her inner artist come to life. She felt so strongly about her call to pursue art that she quit her corporate job to do art full time.

I relate to her story in so many ways. The small mid-western town I grew up in didn’t encourage or embrace anything about the arts except for maybe singing…in the church choir. It wasn’t until my early twenties that I discovered photography and a love for the arts. Deciding to do it full time has been one of the best decisions of my life so far. That being said, follow your passions, and don’t let fear of failure stand in the way!

Cowboy Up.

Last week I was in Fort Worth, TX shooting a job for a corporate event company. One of the nights they paid to have a private rodeo at Billy Bob’s. It took me back to my childhood when I wanted to be a cowboy after watching 8 Seconds (one of the best movies ever). I think if I could have another life I might want to be a cowboy. Who knows maybe it will still happen in this life.

Derek Frenzel - May 1, 2010 - 8:54 am

Great sepia shots of the rodeo. I LOVE the third from last where you are shooting over the bull rider! It has great motion. Good meeting you yesterday Chris!

sheri - April 30, 2010 - 11:27 am

oh wow, I love this set! I was born in Ft. Worth and have many fond memories of the Stockyards. I was never old enough to get into Billy Bob's… someday!