March 12th, 2015:
We met Candice and Ron a little more than a year ago at Nathan and Joanna‘s wedding in the Dominican Republic where Candice played the role of maid or honor and sister of the groom, and since I had already spent a few days around them at an all-inclusive resort, I knew in advance that they are very chill people. When they sent over a few pictures of their wild Santa Clarita back yard as a location for their engagement shoot I all about it – when I got there the colors and light just popped and I couldn’t of asked for more.
Thanks to you both for the great afternoon and the chance to visually tell your story! See you soon!
March 9th, 2015:
Engagement pictures season is upon us, and I am in full swing, shooting sessions 4 out of the last 7 days! The most recent of which was Irene + Greg, who I met up with near their home in Long Beach to capture some images in their neighborhood. We started at the CSULB Japanese gardens, before heading down to the Belmont Shore area and then onward to the beach to see what the late afternoon light had to offer.
Thanks again to you both for having so much fun during your shoot and I look forward to seeing you again in September!
March 6th, 2015:
A few days back I headed down to Seal Beach to meet up with Rose and Daniel to photograph their engagement pictures around Gum Grove and the Seal Beach Pier. It’s still that epic time of year in Southern California where everything is green from recent rains and all the flowers are in bloom, so as soon as I walked into this location I was grinning ear to ear. When Rose and Daniel showed up and brought their super casual sense of humor and laid back attitudes it made for a perfect afternoon to be shooting.
Congrats again you two and I’ll see you in June!
March 3rd, 2015:
Last week I had the chance to spend an afternoon wandering the South Coast Botanical Garden getting to know Tony and Gloria, chatting with them about their wedding day and enjoying nature coming to life during our short California spring. I had a fantastic time with these two and we even made it down to the Manhattan Beach pier for a few twilight pictures before they treated me to sushi.
Thanks again you two and I’ll see you later this month for your wedding!
Friday February 13th, 2015:
Last weekend Kenny and I headed over to Shannon + Garrett’s house to celebrate their wedding with them in their backyard. Being two of the coolest people you’ll ever meet, they kept the afternoon super chill, even going as far as helping each other get dressed for the day and enjoying their reception in a bouncy house! You really can’t hate on that.
All in all, it was a perfect day and I am thrilled to have clients who are so relaxed and in love. Congrats you two!
February 2nd, 2015:
Wow, it’s already February… holy crap the first month of the year went fast!
Other than all the time I spent in Portugal over the holidays, the main purpose of my trip to Europe was to hang out with my wife, Felicia, who is currently in graduate school in London. As you can imagine, after a hugely busy 2014 wedding season and not seeing her for 3 months the last thing I wanted to do was carry around my big “work cameras” (Canon 5D3‘s) while hanging out with her and exploring these cities. I really just wanted to relax, catch up with her and maybe take a few pictures in the process. That said, I brought along my newest toy and one if my favorite cameras I have ever owned, the Fuji X100T.
All the images in this post are created with that camera. While the x100T does have some limitations, the fact that it is super light (just under 1lb) and the image quality is damn nice, combines to make a near perfect little travel camera for daily use. If the primary purpose of an outing is not a photoshoot (or even if it is), this is just the thing to bring along – small, easy to use, beautiful image quality and always there when you need it. I can’t rant enough about this piece of gear.
Anyhow, here are a few pictures from our meanderings in London and Antwerp.
Me and my Fuji X100T on Christmas day, drinking a pint.
January 27th, 2015:
For the last two nights of my time in Portugal, I settled into the riverside city of Porto. Porto is Portugal’s second largest population center, the place where the country gets half it’s name from and all of it’s port wine. My days were spent wandering the street looking for the right light and drinking coffee beside the river – my nights were quiet ones spent reading and indulging in a bit of the local food/port/cheese. It was a relatively mellow couple of days, but it was the perfect setting to end my time in the quaint country.
January 23rd, 2015:
Evora is one of those little towns that you come across when traveling that you don’t really know what it is, but you just don’t feel like leaving. There really wasn’t much to see – a church, some roman ruins and plenty of yellow and cream color buildings – but as soon as I checked in to the Hostel Namaste (very highly recommended by me) I felt at home and instantly decided to tack on at least an extra night.
The first night I was there was December 31st and Maria (the hostel owner), invited us along with her to a local party consisting of mostly young families and the middle aged demographic – other than me and couple other travelers in our group, the room consisted of about 100 Portuguese people, wine/whiskey that just kept flowing and live music. Over the course of night the other travelers and I got to talking about the little hillside town of Monsaraz, which was supposedly beautiful but inaccessible without a car, We were kind of bummed we’d miss out seeing it when another lady at out table leans over and says “You need a car? I have a car. Cars are for getting places and I don’t need it tomorrow.”
The next day found us heading towards the Spanish border in a 15 year old car that rattled a bit with the advice of “If it makes noise, don’t worry about it, it’s old!” It was a great day behind the wheel, even if the recommendation was to drive gently and don’t go over 100km/h. I am always amazed at the generosity of people.
I ended up staying 3 nights here and spent long afternoons doing nothing but reading my book, drinking coffee and chatting about philosophy with Maria (who has a a PhD in the subject and taught it for 30 year). It was just the right way for me to start off 2015.
January 19th, 2015:
A quick 40 minute train ride from Lisbon and you arrive in Sintra, complete with Moorish castle ruin, the multi-hued Pena Palace and a cute little town that is over run with tourists. The guide books all recommend taking a day trip on Monday from Lisbon because the sights in Lisbon are closed on Monday and everything is open in Sintra. I foolishly followed the Lonely Planets advice – as did every other tourist in Lisbon.
I really wish I had swapped days and came to Sintra on Tuesday and hit up some of the sights in Lisbon on Monday. The Lisbon sights were so crowded that I didn’t end up going inside anyplace anyways, and if I had seen them on Monday the outsides wouldn’t have been as crushed with tourists. Oh well, live and learn – always doubt the reasoning of guidebooks.
Sintra was still quite pleasant and since I chose to hike the 1 mile uphill to the Castle and Palace, I saw very few people (who mostly took the shuttle) on the trail and had a good hour wandering the hillsides alone before once again joining the crush of people to gawk at old piles of rock.
January 16th, 2015:
Happy New Year Everyone!
So, I know the last month has been super quiet on this blog and in the Robert Paetz social media world (other than sharing stuff over on Instagram), but I’ve been off on adventures – visiting my wife in London, visiting friends in Antwerp and wandering about Portugal just seeing what there is to see. I’ve been back in California for about a week, and I finally settled into the computer to work on a few images from my trip. I’ll start with this series from Lisbon (the Portuguese capital) and I’ll have a few more posts from my travels in the next week or so.