I’ve been shooting some fashion and model sessions lately and I had a chance to shoot Andre Sheremetiev the other day for an updated Modeling Portfolio Zed card. We had a lot of fun running around town, here are some favorites.Santa Barbara Photography Santa Barbara Portrait Photographer Zed card comp card Leave A Comment »
A fire started out here in Santa Barbara around 6pm and it’s getting really bad. The Santa Ana winds are here which means really warm wind gusts up to 70 mph are coming over the mountain range and it’s not helping the fire efforts. The fire has been going now for about 4 hours and it’s reported that over 400 acres have been burned up.
I took a couple shots from the rear deck, pretty scary!Santa Barbara Photography Leave A Comment »
I love being a wedding photographer, it’s such an honor to be a part of one of the most important days in a couples life together! It’s also so cool to see how no matter where you are in the world, weddings have the same key elements… families, friends, happy couples, beautiful brides and lots and lots of partying! haha
I was in Oklahoma to visit an awesome photographer, David Baxter
David is such a great guy and we have way too much fun when we shoot together. At one point, we were both out on the dance floor! haha I love being a wedding photographer!
Here are some of my favorites from Lee and Nicole’s wedding at Coles GardenSanta Barbara Photography Santa Barbara Wedding Photographer Leave A Comment »
This is one of Stefanie’s (AKA Fawni) latest releases, performed at a club in NY and in Germany. Enjoy!
Stefanie and Gil were in Los Angeles recording this past week and we’ve been trying to get together before they go back to Vienna, Austria. I covered Stefanie and Gil’s weddingMelissa
I’ve never been to a recording studio and I was in heaven with the wall to wall electronics! The mixing board alone was so cool, I was like a kid in a candy store. Anyway, here are a couple pics of Stefanie from my iphone.Los Angeles recording studio Santa Barbara Photographer Santa Barbara Photography Santa Barbara Wedding Photographer 1 Comment »
I had the last minute privilege of 2nd shooting the wedding of Gina and Amos Hartston for Melissa MusgroveBiltmore Four Seasons
Gina and Amos had a beautiful wedding with all the things that make me love being a wedding photographer, a beautiful couple, awesome family and friends, a stellar setting and a perfect Santa Barbara day.
Here are a few of my favs.Santa Barbara Photography Santa Barbara Wedding Photographer Leave A Comment »
I had the honor of shooting Sherry and Brent’s wedding here in Santa Barbara. They are both from Canada and decided to have their wedding in Santa Barbara. Sherry’s daughter lives here and they’ve been here many times so they knew how beautiful it would be to have a ceremony here.
It was a beautiful, private ceremony with a total of 13 guests, made up of their closest friends and family. The ceremony was held at Unity ChurchAlice Keck Park Santa Barbara Court House Biltmore Four Seasons
It was an honor to be included in their day and everyone was so wonderful. Here are some favs.Santa Barbara Destination Wedding Photographer Santa Barbara Photography Santa Barbara Wedding Photographer Leave A Comment »
July 4th was a lot of fun this year. The Katsiouleris family was in town and we all went to a friends place that was right on the beach. We skateboarded up and down the beach and cooked tons of food. It’s always so great when we all get together. Since we were right on the beach, we didn’t have to brave the mega crowds that gather down at the beach for the fireworks. We had a great view right from the patio!
Here are some fun pictures. This was my brothers face all night long. On the other hand, little Jordan and Dimitri seemed to be busy discussing the current state of the economy! hahajuly 4th Leave A Comment »
So I get up this morning and I’m working on my computer when a buddy of mine sends me a message on the computer asking if the fires are close to me. I answer back that they’re still a ways off until he sends me a link to the report of the Goleta Fires!?! I think to myself… “way to be up on current events Mr. Mia!….”
I really couldn’t see anything from where I live until later this afternoon when I stepped out the door to go to Costco. I’m glad I had my point and shoot camera in the car because there was a huge black cloud in the sky making the sun a wicked orange color. As I drove up the 101 to Costco you could see where the smoke was coming from! It looked like I was driving right into the fire!
Other than the ominous black cloud of smoke and the corn flake sized ash flying around in the air, can you see what else is scary about this picture? Look at those gas prices! haha
I was standing in the Costco parking lot looking at the hillside in this picture. It was kinda messed up shopping in Costco knowing that less than a mile away, the mountainside was on fire!?! Crazy huh?
You can see in this picture how fast the fire was moving. It had only been a couple hours and I went out for a drive to see the fires at night. The roads were closed all over the place but you can see how far down the mountainside the fires had come. Anyway… Mom and Dad, I’m fine and Santa Barbara isn’t going to burn up tonight! Let’s look at the positive side… If things don’t get better, you just might be seeing me this weekend!Santa Barbara Photography Leave A Comment »
I had the honor of shooting Dawn and Brian’s wedding this past weekend at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Anyway, the wedding was beautiful, the families and friends were wonderful and with Karen
Dawn has always talked about wanting a VW Bug so… Brian stashed the car at the museum the week before and right after the ceremony, he parked it right outside the gates so he could surprise her… too much fun. Also, just like the shower that morning, so much work had gone into the details during the reception. There were pictures of them all over the place along with fun facts about Dawn and Brian on all the tables.
Here are some favs from their day!Santa Barbara Wedding Photographer santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Leave A Comment »
Yesterday Dawn and Brian were married at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History!Cafe Buenos Aires
Everyone had a great time laughing and crying! Here are some favs.Santa Barbara Wedding Photographer bridal shower cafe buenos aires Leave A Comment »
Another great experience we had while in Italy, was driving up the Amalfi CoastMelissa Positano Le Sirenuse
We dropped by Le Sirenuse and gave them a copy of the article she wrote for them in YWDPositano Santa Barbara Destination Wedding Photographer Santa Barbara Photography Santa Barbara Wedding Photographer 1 Comment »
We got to Napoli and dropped off the Punto at the airport and then found a cab that brought us to the Ferry. This wasn’t just any ferry, it was a hydrofoil boat that brought us to Capri in 40 minutes. Way cool!
Check out the beautiful view of Capri! This is a beautiful island, every bit of it. We’re staying on the other side of Capri, in Anacapri, which is on top of a mountain at the Capri Palace
Here are some pics!Santa Barbara Photography Santa Barbara Wedding Photographer Leave A Comment »
Here’s a great resource for all of those brides to be out there or for anyone that loves jewelry! I’ve done some product photography for Ron Ziegler, a jeweler here in Santa Barbara. He specializes in pearls but also offers other jewelry along with custom jewelry.
His pricing is great because he doesn’t have huge overhead. He’s really nice and offers super personalized service. He mentioned to me that pricing can fall anywhere from $50 to $50,000. Here are a few of the pearl strands that I shot for his site. There are some really unique colors offered and I actually had a meeting with a bride and when she saw the copper colored pearls, she fell in love with them for her bridesmaids because they matched the accents on their dresses.
His site is currently under construction but you can contact Ron at 805-455-5526.Santa Barbara Photographer Santa Barbara Photography Santa Barbara Wedding Photographer Wedding jewelry Leave A Comment »
I’m super excited about the wedding of Stefanie and Gil for so many reasons, I don’t even know where to start. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, but the number one reason I love being a wedding photographer is for the people I meet, work with and become friends with. There are so many amazing couples that I’ve shot weddings for and are now my friends. I see babies come and families grow, I absolutely love it!
Stefanie and Gil treat me like one of their special guests and I haven’t even met them in person yet! From all of the correspondence I’ve gotten from their guests and friends, this is going to be an amazing gathering of friends and family. Here’s a fun fact… Stefanie, aka Fawni
I will be shooting their wedding on the island of Capri in Italy at the JK CapriTatler Travel Guide 2008
Stefanie and Gil are also excited because Your Wedding Day Magazine
This is going to be an amazing destination wedding so check back for updates!Destination Wedding Photographer Italy Santa Barbara Photography Santa Barbara Portrait Photographer Santa Barbara Wedding Photographer 1 Comment »
This is so funny. I got this email the other day and I’m so glad that the rules are now clear. I grew up with two older brothers so this was a game that I always lost!Santa Barbara Photography Santa Barbara Wedding Photographer Shotgun Leave A Comment »
I had a wonderful shoot this past weekend with Dr. Jacqueline Richard
Here are some of my favs.
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I wanted to share this email from my good friend and business partner Melissa
The subject of the email was… Wildflowers in honor of an innocent squirrel.
“I went to Figueroa Mountain in Los Padres Forest above Los Olivos yesterday for a little solitude (spa health people!). The hike was great, but I think biking would be better. The wildflowers are at their peak and I thought you would like to see a few good pics — looking at the photos makes you want to frollick naked in the fields, doesn’t it? Well, maybe the thought of ticks or poison oak scares you, so maybe not. Aside from running over a squirrel in my miata, it was a great day — not too hot, not too cold and really nice views.”Santa Barbara Photography Santa Barbara Wedding Photographer Leave A Comment »
During the WPPI convention in Las Vegas, I had the honor of being one of the photographers at a boudoir shoot sponsored by Flosites and Pixel2Canvas. Brittney Palmer of Las Vegas was one of the models for the evening. She was such a doll and an absolute pleasure to work with.
Brittney, call me anytime if you need any photography work done! Here are some of my favs.Santa Barbara Photography Santa Barbara Portrait Photographer Leave A Comment »
Every once in a while, I get to keep the kids with me over night and it’s called “Camp UR”, which stands for camp uncle Ricky. I love having them over, they’re so much fun. Well, they’re really into skateboarding so here are some pics of them being goofy on their boards.
What’s so great about these kids is that they are best friends. They get along so well and never…. well I guess I shouldn’t say never, but very rarely fight. I love these kids!Santa Barbara Portrait Photographer Santa Barbara Wedding Photography Leave A Comment »
So, I’ve been in Las Vegas this past week attending WPPI, the largest trade show in professional photography! WPPI stands for Wedding & Portrait Professionals International. It was amazing! It’s all about networking, education on the latest and greatest in the industry and one of the biggest perks is that it’s way too much fun!
I have many things to blog about like new products etc. but here’s a photo from a photo booth at the BludomainParisian Palace
The folks at Bludomain are an amazing bunch of people.Santa Barbara Photography Santa Barbara Wedding Photographer Leave A Comment »
I love cities and I’ve always wanted to see San Francisco but just never really got around to it. I’ve flown through it many times but never really saw it until this week! I was up here shooting and visiting and all the good things I’ve heard about this city are so true!
My good friend Dia Rao
Anyway, it was awesome, even with the clouds. We went to see The Embarcadero, Pier 39, saw Alcatraz, the lions (Little did I know she meant sea lions at the pier. My first thought was the 4-legged zoo kind, whatever, I was a tourist! haha), finally got to drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, the Pink Ladies, Lombard street, had Burmese food for the first time, ate some awesome pizza and so much more! I had a great time!
Here are some of my favs!
I had to take some pictures of Dia, my awesome tour guide! Yes, it was cold! Santa Barbara Photographer Santa Barbara Photography Santa Barbara Wedding Photographer Leave A Comment »
It’s holiday season and it’s time for portraits! Little Abigail is growing up so fast! Here are a few favs from todays shoot.Santa Barbara Photography Santa Barbara Portrait Photographer baby portraits holiday portraits Leave A Comment »
Well, I’m off on a wedding shoot to Maui, going to visit some dear friends and to see my family. I took off from SB down to LA and then to Maui. My trip to LA was a short puddle jumper, which was a piece of cake. My flight from LA to Maui was another story, a great one! About two hours into the flight I decided to get up and walk around. Anyway, I made friends with two Delta employees and we wound up laughing all the way to Maui!
The flight attendants, Jewel Van Valin and Dave were so awesome! We sat and talked about everything from relationships to travel to their 30 years of marriage! Dave fixed me the most incredible bloody mary that never seemed to drop below half full! He kept that rather large cup full for the last 3 hours of my flight.
Jewel was so amazing. She walked the plane and had all the kids and any adults that wanted to play draw something with crayons that she brings on every flight. Once they were done, she would tape them up on the ceiling and the walls of the plane. Everyone loved them and there were some pretty amazing drawings! We had the plane laughing and playing games and at one point, we had a mother and daughter racing (fast walking) the aisles to see who could complete the most laps in 3 minutes. People were taking pictures of all the artwork that was hanging all over the plane and by the end of the flight I think I took pictures of everyone as if it were a wedding reception.
The flight seemed to last 30 minutes and before you knew it we were on the ground. I’ve never flown with a flight crew that was so friendly, helpful and fun. That’s Jewel, Dave and me in the last picture posing with my work of art!
Here are some favs!Santa Barbara Destination Wedding Photographer Santa Barbara Photography Santa Barbara Wedding Photographer Leave A Comment »