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I shot these photos for a book cover for Honey Butler Bryant back in 2012 and was so sorry to hear that Clarion had passed away. Here are some photos of them together. Love in action.

https://www.amazon.com/Wait-Your-Father-Knows-Best/dp/1624196012

The essence of this book is based on the author's relationship with God. She speaks about the Fatherhood of God and shares her journey into the heart of Abba Father. She also shares her relentless faith in God during turbulent times, yet she remained a faithful servant to God as she served in ministry. As a young woman she had hopes and dreams to one day marry. As she reached her senior years in life, it appeared as if marriage had passed her by. And when the season of singlehood was over, God in his infinite wisdom and his timing blessed her to meet the love of her life and married at age sixty-five. This is a testimonial to the unmarried, proving that marriage can be beautiful at any age. Honey Butler-Bryant knows the true meaning of waiting...

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Alex and Sebby go back to school. And your favorite LA Professional photographer is there to catch the fun.

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Levente and Pamela glam it up at the ultimate beach spot - Gladstones.

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A boy's best friend...is his mom. For Jennifer Laing, the best mom I ever met.

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Jen and her top finisher tee-shirt

Jen gets in the top 1,000 finishers, top 500 of women and your best wedding photographer gets some sports pix for fun!

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10k Peachtree Road Race - the 50th anniversary and boy was it muggy. I did take some good running photos and I did get a Caribou coffee.

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The Laings and Piehl grandparents try and stay cool taking photographs in Hotlanta. We saw the braves, We enjoyed a small town 4th of July parade. Superb. We visited the excellent Civil Rights Museum, Coca-Cola World and Kennesaw Mountain.

https://www.nps.gov/kemo/index.htm

https://www.worldofcoca-cola.com/

https://www.civilandhumanrights.org/

https://www.mlb.com/braves/ballpark

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Alex doing Lyrical Ballet

Dance Creations Dance Studio in Simi Valley Recital evenings - we get to see ALL the competition stuff! And your favorite Los Angeles Wedding Photographer gets to shoot from the cheap seats too. Dance Photography - you gotta love it.

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Dance Creations - Our Greatest Show 2019 - Anaheim. To me, this was all magic. Unbelievable stuff and I couldn't even take photos. The stills from Showstoppers were "OK". The video was great.

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Track and Field - Sebby's 1,500m

The Simi Valley Running Rebels 2019 Photography Season highlights with stills and video. There are three longer reels too.

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We made it to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland and saw great characters.

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1919-2019 Bembridge School - the Montage

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My old school closed down several years ago. It was based in Bembridge, Isle of Wight, south of Portmouth in England. Here are a few pix.

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The Simi Valley Running Rebels get serious. I'm taking more video this time so we're a little light on the sports photography photos but I managed to get a few track and field photos but it's mostly video this time.

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Baseball season is fully underway as Sebby's team takes on the Grace Brethren Reds.

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Track Season - running, jumping, sprinting sports photography stuff.

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My big boy Kalen helps out the Venice High School Gondoliers at a tournament in Sylmar. I've never really shot volleyball before so this was definitely a learning experience. The good news: you're not out getting scorched by the sunshine - the bad news: the indoor strip lighting is pretty nasty. And there's no room to shoot. We're in a gymnasium so sports photographers must have figured this one out. I'm learning on the fly. And you have to have your wits about you. Taking photographs at a high school volleyball tournament means dodging the ball yourself.

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The Simi Valley Running Rebels are back! https://svrebels.wordpress.com/ . We're in Westlake and the sports photography weather couldn't be better. My third camera, the 7D kept overheating on video so maybe I should have bought my 5D 3 or 4? Who knows? The kids were great!

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Sebby joins the Grey Wolves at Grace Brethren for some spring baseball.

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Prop Competion - with the stands

I saw the full dance at a show in Upland last week and was mesmerized. Alas no outside photography - the local crew had that rice bowl. But I HAD to try and capture some of this magic. My daughter, Alexandra, attends this great dance school. The choreography and dancers at Dance Creations are among the best I've ever seen - at any level. http://dancecreations.com/

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My client requested anonymity again due to their work and I respect that. However I can highlight the amazing vendors especially the wonderful Le Meridien Hotel in Santa Monica . And it spite of the privacy it was an amazing evening!

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/laxdm-le-meridien-delfina-santa-monica/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2

And especially D’City Sound and Event Productions, L.L.C. https://www.dcitysound.net/ . I can't believe it's been four years since I worked with this amazing company. Love them!

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The School for Scandal with Nick Larsen

  • The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the late 80s. Home of Daniel Day-Lewis, Mark Strong, Jeremy Irons et al.

I made a short photo book which is available to all:

http://www.blurb.com/b/8789140-the-bristol-old-vic-theatre-school-1985-1987

We came, we saw, we conked out (some of the time), we bowed and scraped, did voice and movement classes, and thanks to Rudi Shelley, we squeezed our lemons until we were real thespians and stage technicians. Ready to take on the acting world.

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Yes, I need to update my Los Angeles Acting headshots portfolio and acting sites.

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Daniel and Christina on the beach

Daniel turns 40 and we're at the Lincoln In Santa Monica. I shot their wedding way back in 2012 and they're as cute, and in love as ever!

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There's a great link here: https://modernhiker.com/hike/hike-lost-horse-mine-in-joshua-tree-national-park/ . to a description of Lost Horse Mine Trail and I really can't do any better. I did however get some great landscape photos of the Joshua Trees (not one is the same) and the creosote plants and wonderful desert scenery. Divine. The light for landscape photography wasn't amazing-amazing to be honest (we started out at midday) so I converted a lot of the photos (taken in the largest RAW resolution) to Black and White photos and I think I prefer them to the washed out high noon colors.

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Getting back into acting - it's time for some new "glossies" baby sister...LA Casting, Casting Frontier, Actors Access, Eco-cast and now it's ALL gonna be done online. Get comfortable in front of your laptop because soon we may not have to drive around town to auditions quite so much. And that's a good thing for actors and the freeways. Good headshots are always going to be in demand so I think I have a few years left... :)

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Sebby goes national for the USATF youth Cross Country Championships in Reno. It was snowy and icy!

http://www.usatf.org/

We stayed at the Silver Legacy Hotel in Reno, the biggest little city in the world.

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The volcano burst and catastrophe followed. Some very moving exhibits.

I visited Naples and Pompeei shortly after the 198 earthquake and was amazed at the prersvaton of this amazing Roman City. I never got to see the Naples museum - https://www.museoarcheologiconapoli.it/en/ - however but the stuff at the Regan Library - https://www.reaganfoundation.org

https://www.museoarcheologiconapoli.it/en/

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Last game of the season and time for some sports videography as well as my usual still sports photography.

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The regional Cross Country championships in Lake Las Vegas, near Henderson, Nevada calls for two cameras, long lenses and plenty of video. The Simi Valley Running Rebels were running under the Comets banner.

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My friends Annemarie and Chris Penny had this amazing place in Malibu overlooking the beach. It just burned down in the Woolsey Fire. Here are some happier memories...

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Some family photography for last week's Halloween

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Michelle and Jeff's wedding(s) at St John Eudes for a small family service and on to the Skirball Cultural Center for another amazing wedding - this second one was the whole enchilada! Wedding Photography and video by yours truly with some help from Debra Morrison and her cousin Ron Eber doing video.

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Sometimes you just have to move...

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Sometimes with sports photography you just gotta slow down. Someone else usually does the sports videography but I like to practice and definitely feel I can help out the kids by doing some youth, high school and gremlins sports photography. LA Reina High School is the last of our regular season and Sebastian, my son, made it into the post season finals.

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We had the church ceremony and then we had another wedding at the Skirball Cultural Center - twice the fun!

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The Simi Valley Running Rebels Quick and Gritty Invitational 2018 at Huntington Beach

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The kids and parents hit Big Bear Mountain for the coolest kids race on the planet. "The races emphasize teamwork, problem solving, sportsmanship, environmental awareness and fun. The kids cross the finish line, muddy, sweaty, smiling and full of pride. The intent of the Kids Adventure Games™ is to be challenged yet have fun, be determined, develop good character, sportsmanship, teamwork, build grit and resiliency, be able to think on your feet and finish the day with a smile." And the kids did! Kids Adventure Games. Los Angeles Wedding photographer put down the bride cam and focuses on the kids!

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Sponsoring a orphan in Haiti

The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake, with an epicenter near the town of Léogâne, approximately 25 kilometres west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital.

This is Christine and some pix the kids are sending to her. I figure it's a start and a small way to make one child's life better. She speaks Haitian Creole and lives in an orphanage cared for by Pastor Timothy.

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The Simi Valley Running Rebels train in the sand at Zuma Beach, no less.

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Booty and me hit San Diego in search of Steve McQueen's legendary Husqvarna, the Elsinore Honda dirt bike and the Sea Shepherd.

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Ragged Point Inn for Meagan and Jacob's amazing wedding provides a great chance for a weekend break with the kids. And this wedding photographer HAS to check out the amazing elephant seals.

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It's Ragged Point Inn up by Big Sur and your photographer and second photographer are having trouble holding it together as they witness the most beautiful vows from a couple who have been in love since 8th Grade. Magical.

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Big Bear Lake photography, Joshua Tree, Lake Arrowhead - family photography is here!

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I finally got around to some personal work - here is Monument Valley.

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I had to share this one from Time Magazine:

"It took a unique combination of ingenuity and curiosity to produce the first known photograph, so it’s fitting that the man who made it was an inventor and not an artist. In the 1820s, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce had become fascinated with the printing method of lithography, in which images drawn on stone could be reproduced using oil-based ink. Searching for other ways to produce images, Niépce set up a device called a camera obscura, which captured and projected scenes illuminated by sunlight, and trained it on the view outside his studio window in eastern France. The scene was cast on a treated pewter plate that, after many hours, retained a crude copy of the buildings and rooftops outside. The result was the first known permanent photograph.

It is no overstatement to say that Niépce’s achievement laid the groundwork for the development of photography. Later, he worked with artist Louis Daguerre, whose sharper daguerreotype images marked photography’s next major advancement."

Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, circa...

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The drive was insane! Next time I'll break the trip up with a stopover but it was worth every one of the 650 miles from LA. More pix to come I promise.

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Kyla's Graduation from Venice High, 2018

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Yes, even Wedding Photographers sometimes get married.

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Simi valley Running Rebels - some video from the 2018 season

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The Laing family visits London for Spring Break 2018

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It's always fun to shoot babies - even when they're not my own!

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Ahh for the days of film and my beloved Canon A1. I'm doing a major scanning archiving project and you can see I'm going crazy. Did I really have so many "bad" photos in those days?

The film results from the labs look murky and grey. I used to think maybe six out of 36 shots in a roll was usable but looking back I think I was being optimistic.

https://www.amazon.com/Canon-Film-Camera-50mm-Lens/dp/B00B5OK12M

And a history on Wikipedia here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_A-1

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http://www.ppa.com/ppa-today-blog/copyright/new-copyright-small-claims-bil.php

By Professional Photographers of America (PPA) on October 12, 2017 9:05 AM | Permalink

By James Yates

This is the moment we have all been waiting for!

Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Representative Tom Marino (R-PA) have introduced HR 3945, a small claims bill entitled Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Act of 2017, or "CASE".

This bill will enable photographers to pursue copyright infringement in a more cost effective and timely manner!

Many of you remember December 2016, when Representative Chu (D-CA) and Representative Smith (R-TX) introduced the Fairness for...

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Carlsbad State Beach for a Meet and Greet before Meagan and Jacob attend a friend's wedding!

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As a father of six, (four of them girls) I've been horrified, to say the least, as I watched the story of Larry Nassar unfold over the last few weeks. It's important to listen to our children and it's very important for photographers, often placed in the most intimate of surroundings with their clients to always behave professionally, create a safe environment and NEVER imagine for one minute that just because a lady is wearing skimpies, doing a boudoir shoot or getting ready for a wedding that somehow we as photographers can take advantage of this. The gal is there for a shoot, she's partially clothed (sometimes) because she wants those photos for herself or boyfriend\husband. She hasn't suddenly taken a fancy to YOU. Respect woman at all times, always listen to your children, always create a safe space for great photos for women AND men. I've been re-evaluating my studio's policies and practices to make sure we never cross any lines and always treat clients with the utmost respect. #Ibelievethewomen #metoo

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https://www.google.com/photos/scan/ . What a great little app. May put my pricey Epson scanner I just bought to sleep for a while. I imagine Google picked up this technology while scanning all those books but it's a great piece of kit for quickly scanning old photos. Now, how about a slide \ negative version please Google??

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The cool folks over at Sleeklens in Denmark sent me a bunch of Lightroom presets to evaluate and I must say I'm impressed by the range and quality of their tools.

To be honest there was probably way too many options in terms of all the various ways to play with a photo (most of my brides want a fairly simple "look") but the brushes are outstanding. Teeth whitener, skin softener - excellent! And very useful. I'll probably delete a ton of the photo presets I don't need and just keep the ones I'll use more often.

For those interested here's the link to their stuff:

(https://sleeklens.com/product/wedding-lightroom-presets/,

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I'm thankful for my family and wonderful clients. Some of them feel almost like family now.

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When it's summer you update your site and make new sizzle reels!

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MY NEW SITE IS UP! I hope you like it. I'll be working on it over the coming weeks so please bear with me as I add content, links etc.

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