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March 29, 2009

Snowball fight!

It was a long hike, in the snow, up hill both ways jk, but worth it. After lunch we started messing around in the snow and well 'ya know what they say... "boys will be boys!" We turned some dead wood into a toboggan / snowboard, and surfed it down this snowy hill!
Here's a cool shot of the lucky guy, Landon! I actually got the honor to be in his wedding, and of course couldn't resist to taking a few shots at the wedding . More to come about that in my next post this week.
And of course a snowball fight which lasted all the way down the mountain. Guys in the back hucking snow at the guys in the front. And guys in the front running ahead and hiding on the side of the trail until we showed up and were pelted with a surprise attack! Good times, good times!
Here's a creative way of using an emergency poncho!
The hike was actually a bit of a challenge, since the snow had been melting and refreezing at night. It was tough and instead of using the trail, we eventually had to rough it up the mountain blazing our own trail in Idyllwild. Alright, this is Ben, a professional poker player and a heck of an amateur snowboarder! We also went to college together, and are good friends.
Here's a shot of me before really eating it! This really reminded me of riding my sector nine or even a surfboard, man I cant wait for surfing this summer!

Hiking is fun but hanging out with some of your best friends is better! Back at the cabin I played some of the funnest pool ever, and half the games involved only two balls and no stick. I still don't know what the game is called but you can have as many people as you want and on your turn you slide the cue ball at the other trying to knock it in. Guess you had to be there!

March 21, 2009

Engagement Shoot in La Jolla

Privacy is key for most engagement shoots, since it really allows the couple to relax and be themselves. Who would have ever guessed that my hobby of surfing would help me as a wedding photographer in Temecula? Yeah, I'm sharing beaches with my clients that are nearly deserted, except for the friendly locals and surfers, and they are digging it!

Instead of an Engagement Shoot at an overcrowded and congested La Jolla Cove, I shot Kristine and Kevin's Engagement at a nearby secluded beach that may have been even more beautiful? You can be the judge...

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March 20, 2009

Hike at Santa Rosa Plateau

As a wedding photographer, I really appreciate when I get to shoot for my own selfish pleasure, with no assignment or shot list! That was the case for this awesome hike with my wife at the Santa Rosa Plateau in Murrieta California. My wife and I love to be outdoors and under the sun, despite the first sunburn of the year we had an awesome time.
wife hikingoutdoor photographerThe lady at the visitor center was very nice and gave us a map showing our 8 mile hike for the day. We had lunch and water packed and headed out into this pristine natural environment. We saw tons of Engelmann Oaks on these rolling green hills that went for miles and miles. It was great, and right here in Murrieta off of Clinton Keith Rd!

Engalmann Oak Tree
We also saw some wildlife; coyotes! My instinct was to sneak up on them and become Mr. National Geographic, but instead I was smart enough to have a wife with me to keep me on the trail. Here is an image I grabbed of one of the coyotes. And then a cropped version for a zoom effect.

wild coyote
coyote in wild californiaThere were tons of wildflowers along the hiking trails, but only a few California Poppies.

Rachael Hiking Santa Rosa PlateauCalifornia PoppyWe had a great time in the outdoors and just being together. We highly recommend this hike, especially this time of year in the spring.
Wife Sunglasses

March 14, 2009

Spring in San Diego - "Free Wallpapers"

Its spring in Cali, Hallelujah! My favorite season to be outside and photographing nature! I took a hot tip and headed to a flower field after church. The daisies were in full bloom and the sky was a gorgeous blue.

I want to share some of these photos with you, and I am taking it one step farther than a blog... Free downloadable wallpapers, formatted for widescreen (1920x1200), fullscreen (1280x1024), and the iphone (320x480). Fine art photography wallpapers of california spring wildflowers free to download, ENJOY!

Just right click on the link for your screen size below and choose "Save Target As" then find the file on your computer > right click and choose "Set As Desktop Wallpaper." Probably different on the iphone and mac but I assume its easy peasy!

wedding photography san diegoflower photograph valley centerSan Diego Spring WallpaperSan Diego Spring FlowerI can't thank my father in law enough for sharing this special place with me and taking this last photo. He also loves photography and the outdoors, so a lot of my photography adventures I get to share with him. You can also check out my Nature Photo Portfolio on my Artistic Photographer Website.

March 1, 2009

Engagement Sesh at Tom's Farms

I had the privilege today of capturing some engagement photos of Jenn and Derek near Murrieta. Nothing stiff and no "say-cheese" smiles, these guys were fun-loving and wanted photos of them being... well, them! Here are some of my favs from the day.
To see the rest of this engagement photography session from Temescal Valley near Murrieta click here! To schedule your own engagement session in Temecula, Murrieta, or anywhere in Southern California click here.