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 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.
November 24th, 2014:
Paige used to work with me WAAAAYYYY back in the day when I was a bartender and in the intervening decade she has met Matt, got married and now they have the adorable family you see here. I spent a great afternoon catching up with her and getting to know the whole family during their session. I have to give the biggest shout out to Gavin (the 6 year old son), who easily ranks as the most cooperative little man in the history of family photography. The little dude just worked it for the camera and has a modeling future if he want it.
November 18th, 2014:
Alison and Stephen celebrated their wedding outside under the oak trees of Anaheim’s Oak Canyon Nature Center and you couldn’t have asked for better, more relaxed, fall afternoon to get married. Alison was walked down the aisle by her 88 year old grandfather and Stephen was all smiles for her throughout the day.
Thanks again to Kenny for shooting with me, and congrats again to you both! Have a fantastic marriage!
November 14th, 2014:
Rain on your wedding day is good luck, right?
Well, it’s even better if you are Lance and Veronica and get the good luck early in the morning, but then the skies clear but leave behind epic clouds and a sweet view of the ocean from San Pedro. I had a fantastic time with these two, shooting their catholic ceremony in Wilmington before heading to San Pedro for photos and their reception at the American Dalmatian Club. Lance even brought his A-game when he surprised Veronica with a special performance with him and his band at the reception!
Thanks to Kenny for helping me shoot their celebration and congrats again to Lance and Veronica – Enjoy being married!
November 7th, 2014:
So since it’s right around that time that Sierra and Max are on there way home from their Thailand honeymoon, I figured it was also time to post a blog about their Glendale wedding day from two weeks ago. Kenny and I had a great time photographing these two and their party bus full of exuberant bridesmaids and groomsmen! The day took us from their hotel suites in Glendale to Pasadena City Hall, back to Glendale to the Holy Family Catholic Church for the ceremony, before finally heading to the Palladio reception hall for an epic reception party!
Sierra and Max were wonderful to photograph, and I was thrilled to be part of their day. Congrats again and I hope you both had a fantastic time in Thailand!
October 29th, 2014:
A couple weeks back, Kenny and I spent a beautiful Sunday photographing Daniel and Mary‘s wedding celebration around Pasadena and at the Altadena Country Club. We really couldn’t have asked for more, Daniel and Mary were all smiles the entire day and maintained constant grins focused at each other, the skies were blue and they had one of the most chill group of friends I’ve come across.
Congrats to you both and I hope you had an amazing honeymoon… Now go revel in being married!
October 3rd, 2014:
When I met CJ + Jenn we started talking about their lives together and their story. It came up that the first time they met was at a Starbucks near L.A. live. and since they both loved Downtown L.A. it made perfect sense to schedule their engagement session to start at L.A. Live, take in a couple of “their spots” and then head across town to capture twilight with the L.A. skyline. They were all smiles throughout their session and it made for a very enjoyable afternoon of photography.
They also run a charity together called Happy Feats, that collects socks for kids who are in the hospital, be sure to check it out and help them grow!
Congrats again on finding each other and I am thrilled to be part of your Palm Springs celebration in April!
October 2nd, 2014:
We met Kathy + Karl early last month for their engagement shoot (where they rocked it in Downtown L.A.), and just a couple weeks ago they said their vows at Calamigos Equestrian Center in Burbank. The day was filled with family, friends + laughter and they were both super chill to photograph. Special Thanks to Kenny for shooting with me for Kathy and Karl’s celebration.
Congrats to you both! Have an amazing future together!