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NAMASTE!

India, a place teeming with riot noise and colors, where you dodge a perpetual stream of honking tuktuks just to cross the street and the rapid motion of the busy crowd are kept alive by both tourists and locals. Over a billion people live here, from a backward but beautiful colonial possession to a now developing economic super power, over a billion in population and continues to grow rapidly, but no matter how much India have changed economically over the years, India is still breathtakingly beautiful with its distinctly colorful culture. The land of the kings, fierce warriors and feudal kingdoms where streets are painted with lashes of bright colorful saris. Its one of the most beautiful countries in the world, a story book land of ancient tales of kings, kingdoms and fortresses. To be in India is to be enchanted until your senses shut down, theres no place like it anywhere else.


India, 2014

DEREK + ELISE

“Antique rustic” is the best wording I’ve been able to come up with to describe this beautiful wedding—a style that fit this couple well! Once you see these detail shots below, you’ll know exactly what I mean! The colors and details were focused around modernized antique at the beautiful venue Giracci Vineyard and Farms, during our gorgeous California summer. With everything in full bloom and green, it couldn’t have been a better day to get married! If you haven’t been to a Californian winery, I completely recommend booking a trip at your earliest convenience to find out just what you’re missing out on! It was obvious Elise worked extremely hard on getting every aspect just the way she envisioned it because everything was perfect. The intensity of seeing all the details she had slaved over and thought over millions of times the last few months was made very real, and it was a privilege to see a dream come true.

I have shot weddings for many years, but I don’t remember having a bride with such a graceful excitement radiating from her. Even her name exudes grace! I had only met them both the day of the wedding, but I’m sure I’ll remember this wedding for long after. She lit up around Derek, and photographing them together at such a special occasion was a true reminder of why two people belong together for the rest of their lives. We shot around the venue for a bit and inside the barn, and I even got to shoot this couple with a beautiful horse! I think it was a perfect touch to a perfect day. It was wonderful seeing how gentle Derek was with Elise while we shot. They were happy, content, and comfortable to be themselves, and that’s what love is all about! I pride myself on capturing a moment in time, and who the person is at the time of the photograph. I believe the Grindles made my job very easy!

Their energy must have been contagious, because it was quite a party! Family and friends chatted and drank late into the evening, and enjoyed the beautiful array of goodies from the candy table! I love shooting candy tables. They are fun and exciting, and they add a splash of color and flavor to any wedding. This specific candy table was perfect! They definitely nailed it, and I had a great time photographing it. This live band was extremely pleasant to listen to, and they kept the party alive and going strong for hours! Perfect for the venue and the setting, the music gathered multiple people up to dance from around the venue. From wonderful music, smiles and laugher, great food, drinks loved ones, selfies, and memories to last a life time, I’d say this wedding was a huge success. Thank you so much, Elise and Derek for having me! Here’s to a lifetime of love and happiness!
 

 

credit to Christie Berube for the write up, much love dear!

 

DEAR ABBY

i could paint these pictures

with colors of adjectives of you

but one thing i know is very true,

you're beyond colors, beyond adjectives...

beyond any words

 

you bear a certain grace

that make people look at you

like you're everything they see

 

frame...

by frame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cuba Libre!!!

Havana welcomed me with its golden sunset beaming thru the narrow alleyways pillared by crumbling Beaux art architectures, its gorgeously peeling paints appear to convey charm rather than age, the street resonates to roaring ancient Plymouths, Cadillacs and Buicks... i was told that it is a time capsule of the 50's... it is true and  it is beautiful.

I met Alfredo in the alleys of Plaza Revolucion, a history teacher with an interesting enthusiasm about American culture, we exchanged ideas about socialist Cuba and capitalist America over a bottle of  Bucanero and a plate of rice, beans and lobster, he eagerly asked about what America is like - specifically snow,  i had the impression that his curiosity comes as a result of a more than 50 year economic isolation brought by the US embargo, but nevertheless, he has given me more than what needed to know about Cuba, where to eat, get cigars, what cuban nightlife is like and most importantly, how their socio-political structure has molded a generation based on socialist ideals, Alfredo strikes me as a realistic version of what is called the "New Man" - free from the corrupt moral ideas of capitalism.

Cuba is neither rich nor poor, such concept does not exist in the beautiful country, everyone has a house to live in, they have free and quality education, free healthcare and free food. They don't have high speed internet - they probably have the worse connection in the world and you wont see Maseratis nor Ferraris in the streets - you wont see any form of excess wealth, and most of us, for that reason, would describe Cuba as a poor country... i beg to disagree... i think were just used to live excessively.

 

Happy international women's day everyone!

Apo Fang-Od, at the age of 95, she is the known as the oldest of among the very few remaining practitioner of "Batok" tattoo ritual of the Butbut tribe.

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