Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Joe & Stephanie's Family | Mission San Juan Capistrano

This past Saturday we dodged the rain drops late in the afternoon as I photographed Joe and Stephanie's lovely family at the historic Mission in San Juan.

The kids did great and while it was raining they took a break to do some reading and puzzle assembly under a ramada.

Looking forward to showing you even more images from the day!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Let It Rain!!

Keeping in the spirit of pulling some unseen Kate photos from the's a photo of Nicki and Kate during a small rain shower this past July.

Hoping we'll get a bit of that rain now in the wake of the fires from last week...

Monday, October 29, 2007

Never Posted...Kate a few months back

Nicki was trying to find some photos on the blog of Kate from about four months ago.

She went through a good bit of it around that time frame and couldn't find what she was looking for but then found these images in an email.

I'm sure I had intended to put them on the blog, but for some reason, that didn't happen.

Additionally, we're looking to add some new pics for the walls (she wants a large print of the last photo in this grouping) -- we've got a bunch of historic old family pics from my Mom and Nicki's Mom and so we'll be putting them up on the large area of wall along the stairs. My "editor" is demanding one image per day, which is pretty easy to do.

She's at her 18 month appointment with Dr. Clyde Wesp who told us that day that he was leaving practice to take an executive role at Mission Hospital. We were very happy for Clyde because he was excited about the new venture, though also a bit sad because he is such a great guy and caring professional and loved having him be Kate's primary care pediatrican. The folks at SOCPA have been great to work with and we look forward to continuing with them too and wishing Clyde all the best in his exciting new position.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Seeing the Zielenbachs in Charleston

On our recent trip to SC we were able to take a little day trip down to Charleston and the South Carolina Aquarium and met with our friends Tim and Alison Zielenbach from Savannah, GA and their son Josh.

This was the first time that Nicki had seen Tim and Ali since our engagement party back in S.A. in January of 2001!

It was the first time she got to meet Josh, who is 2 1/2 and the first time for Kate meeting them.

We had a fantastic time watching the kids run around the aquarium (small, but incredibly well done), see the turtles, sharks and also play in the area of the aquarium that is hands on (and of course Kate had to taste the water!).

I met Josh nearly two years ago, when I visited Tim and Ali in Savannah while I was out in Charleston for a wedding.

They are such very special friends to us: Ali and Nicki have been friends since they were a bit older than our kids now and have stayed in touch throughout the years even through moves all over the world.

Tim and I have been fast friends since meeting at the Republican Convention in 1996 when he was freelancing based in Chicago (after having worked at the Chicago Tribune, too. Us war veterans have to stick together ;-)!)

Tim is also a documentary wedding photographer and does amazing work:

Where the paths all cross is in Hartford, CT on a spectacularly clear October weekend in 2000.

Tim and Alison were getting married on October 14 and I was asked to document their wedding (though still working in newspapers--a career in weddings was on the horizon, though still a murky vision). Nicki, taking time from her "career chick" job at a trendy Cape Town ad agency was the maid of honor.

The rest, shall we say, is history.

Thanks Tim and Ali for being such great friends and a big part of our lives.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

South Carolina trip photos

Starting to edit and post on the blog some photos from our trip last week to South Carolina.

Here is a triptych of my nieces and nephew (and Godson).

More to follow...

Friday, October 26, 2007

Tracey & Dan | October 20, 2007 | San Diego

Tracey and Dan flew in from Minneapolis for a beach wedding in San Diego, with an intimate dinner/reception for family and friends at the Rancho Valencia. After the ceremony, the group headed to the bocce ball court for the 1st annual Citron Cup, won by Dan's daughter Jessica. Talk about picking the perfect weekend for their wedding; two days after they were married, the resort was evacuated because of the San Diego wildfires.

Tracey and Dan are back in the Twin Cities today after a honeymoon in Mexico -- they'll have a larger reception tomorrow.

Thanks you two -- it was so great working with you and your families!

Nick & Donnella's Little Guys

On Tuesday I photographed Nick & Donnella's handsome sons while we had a very brief respite from the winds and the fires. The boys did great!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

SoCal Fires

It's been one hectic week throughout all of Southern California.

The Santa Ana winds started over the weekend and by Monday thousands of acres were burning, starting first with Malibu.

San Diego has been devastated even more than it was back in 2003 when thousands of homes were destroyed and 16 people were killed. Estimates range anywhere from 500K to one million evacuated throughout the state--the largest evacuation ever for CA.

This year, Nicki's cousins Fiona and Chris who live in Poway, have been evacuated. At the time I write this, we don't know if their home has been spared. Thankfully they're safe and that's the main thing.

We've gotten a lot of calls and emails inquiring about how we're doing. We are so lucky so far (touch wood) and the closest fire to us is the Santiago fire, which is about 12 or so miles away. That fire threatened Nicki's former workplace which is still safe, though dealing with a lot of smoke blowing in from the fire.

Ironically, yesterday was relatively clear in Ladera, the wind still, and I was able to shoot a portrait session that had been scheduled weeks before.

Today, though, was an eerie morning as the smoke from the Santiago fire and perhaps from the newly erupted 6000 acre fire at Camp Pendleton, about twenty miles to the south of us filled the air.

When the sun came up, the smoke diffused it and colored it so it seemed apocolyptic...the photo above is from today in Ladera.

We're hoping that all our friends and family that have been affected by the fires (many photographer friends in San Diego have been directly impacted) are safe and come back to an intact home.

Edited to Add: Just got off the phone with Fiona, Nicki's cousin, and she and her husband Chris and the family are back in their home! Their block survived the fires, but homes were destroyed a mere two blocks away. Pretty scary.
Chris is a police officer so he's been working around the clock and Fiona is now busy cleaning up the house. She said the pool is black with ash.

Victor & Kristin's Family

I had the pleasure of photographing the three gorgeous children of Victor and Kristin in San Juan on Sunday.