Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Sherry & Brent, from Canada to Santa Barbara
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 Church; afterwards we walked around Alice Keck Park and the Santa Barbara Court House, winding up at the Biltmore Four Seasons where they planned a nice intimate wedding day dinner.

It was an honor to be included in their day and everyone was so wonderful. Here are some favs.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008
Good food, good wine, good friends... good times!
It's always so much fun when we get together with Greg and Beth. Greg and my brother Rolando used to work together and have known each other through the years my brother and his family were in Europe. They all lived in Europe and now they're all back here in Santa Barbara. Actually, Greg and Beth are only here part of the time which is a bummer, but we'll take any time with them we can get. Aren't Ro and Greg cute together! hahaha!

Like I said, good food, lots of wine, good people... great times!

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Thursday, July 17, 2008
Matina's Senior Portraits in Santa Barbara, CA
I had a ton of fun shooting Matina's Ponderosa High School Senior Portaits for her yesterday! She's on vacation in Santa Barbara and wanted that Southern California feel to her shots so we ran around Santa Barbara and wound up at the beach.

Only in California do you run into a regular banjo and fiddle get together and a hoola hoop get together in the same day at the same park. Every Wednesday at 5pm, a group of people get together and have a kinda blue-grass jam session. People would show up walking or on a bicycle with their instruments, meet up with good friends and then just start jammin... way cool. On the other side of the park, every Wednesday at 5pm, people would show up and have a little picnic, pull out their hoops or spin balls and would just go to town! Again, way cool.

Matina did a little bit of everything yesterday, sat with the fiddlers, hula'd with the hula hoopers, played in the playground on the swings, ran in the surf, played with dogs on the beach, skateboarded, ate pizza and ice cream and was also a rockin model!

Here are some of my favs.

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Monday, July 14, 2008
Adriana & Michael's wedding at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum
What a great weekend, busy and fun! Friday started Adriana and Michael's wedding weekend with a rehearsal at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum and a rehearsal dinner at El Paseo restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara. Family, friends, great food and pitchers of Margaritas... what else do you need?

Karen and Craig drove up Friday night for the wedding and a great friends daughter also came along to shoot this wedding. Andriana loves photography and is really getting into it so I asked her if she wanted to come along and see what wedding photography's all about, first hand. I was super happy she came along, she's a doll and it was a pleasure having her there. I was also happy she was there because this wedding was a good size, 350+ guests and a wedding party of 20, awesome!

Everything was beautiful and everything went as planned, talk about awesome planning! Adriana was especially beautiful in her dress... the bead work was incredibly detailed. Her dad walked in and saw her for the first time in her dress and just stared. I did the same when I saw her too! The ceremony was held in the lower area of the museum, right in front of a vine covered trellis. All the bridesmaids started crying when Adriana started walking down the aisle. Michael also lost it the first time he saw her.

The dinner was served in the upper courtyard by Pure Joy Catering. The toasts and speeches started before dinner and I must say that the best man's speech was one of the funniest speeches I've heard in a long long time! The food was amazing and everyone partied hard right to the end.

Michael surprised Adriana with a horse and carriage ride that took them from the museum to their suite at the Canary Hotel downtown. Here are some favs from the day.

The girls started their day out at Mishay Salon on De La Vina, catching up on celebrity gossip, getting their hair and make up done... the usual. Everyone was so nice and calm and they were having a blast.

The guys on the other hand were having a blast in a different way. Jammin music, dancing and an open bar. On a side note, there was this incredible sand rail at the house that I couldn't stop drooling over. This thing was amazing, polished aluminum everything, full electronics and an aluminum block Corvette engine that puts out around 500 horse...... ok sorry, back to the wedding!

We all had a blast at the wedding and it truly was an honor to be a part of such a special day for Adriana, Michael and both families... thank you so much!

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Friday, July 11, 2008
Dinner with the Katsiouleris family
The Santa Barbara Mias had dinner with the Katsiouleris family tonight. We had the most incredible Greek feast and I'm still feeling 5 months pregnant and it's been 6 hours since I had dinner! We always have so much fun with them and tonight was no different... as my sister in law puts it, "The circus is on fire!".

Other than the great company and the amazing feast that Vivi put together, we had Greek coffee and I had my cup read to me! Bob is an old soul and in his infinite wisdom, read my future to me from the markings in my cup. Crazy stuff but I have to say it was super interesting!

Here are some favs from the night of us having some fun! Aren't Ro and Bob so cute together!!

Here's a picture of Bob reading my cup!

Here's my cup! If anyone knows how to read cups, please take a look at this and if you can, I'd love to hear what you have to say!

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Monday, July 07, 2008
Santa Barbara Portrait Session
I shot a portrait session over the weekend at Alice Keck Park for 3 girls that have been friends forever. Two of them are sisters and were visiting from San Francisco so they just wanted some portraits done. They found me that day and luckily I wasn't shooting a wedding so off we went to the park.

Here are some of my favs.

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Sunday, July 06, 2008
July 4th in Santa Barbara
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! haha

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Thursday, July 03, 2008
Goleta/Santa Barbara Gap Fires!
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!

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