Sunday afternoon I had the pleasure meeting the most adorable miss baby Charlotte! She's celebrating her 1-year birthday and her whole family came along to join in the festivities! I photographed her and her family at Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange County. It's a been a Gautier family favorite throughout the years, and for good reason. It's gorgeous, and a perfect background for cutie pie and her parents, cousin, and aunties!
Today I had the privilege of photographing the Schenkelberg family for the seventh time. Yes, you read that right. Over seven years me and my camera have witnessed their engagement, marriage, their pregnancy, and their adorable daughter, Alex, through all five birthdays. And now, a new addition is on the way and I got to photograph them again today before they meet their newest family member. Such a joy. Such a gift. And today we added a little spice by photographing at Rosie's Dog Beach.
It's not everyday I get to photograph Spider Man. Thursday was the day I did.
This photo project started as a burst of curiosity. Driving home a couple of weeks ago I saw a young man hurling himself up and down these silks anchored to a tree in a park nearby my home. I was captured by the movements and the skill each pose required. I thought it would make an interesting photo essay.
I thought about asking to take a few photos with my phone, but decided I needed to make the ask and turn it into a full photo project. It would be a good exercise and experience for me to follow this inspiration.
I waited until he climbed down to the ground, introduced myself in my least "This is an awkward way to meet and I'm not a creeper" voice. To my surprised Vince took my contact info without looking too skeptical and said he would contact me.
Hold the phone: he totally did contact me. And I got to photograph Spider Man.
When we discussed the shoot he told me he'd recently been inspired by the super hero connection of aerial silk performance, and Halloween, and found a great Spider Man costume. We decided on white silks for the adventure (which I admit didn't occur to me until after how that "represents" Spider Man's webbing), and set the time to meet at Mother's Beach in Long Beach, California
What ensued was a hour of pure fun, watching park-goers mesmerized by his talent and skill flying through the air, sliding down the silk ropes, and flipping into positions with ease. It was a fun way to try something new and stretch myself as a photographer. And Vince, the aerial artist (aka. Spider Man) was a true professional and so fun to work with. We're already talking about the next shoot.
Thanks for an amazing afternoon, Vince!