The La Jolla Marathon: Amy & Scott’s Engagement Session!

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Amy and Scott were psyched and ready to go for their engagement session last Sunday. We planned on shooting just as long as there was still light in the sky, but then we kept on going; which was great, because time really does fly when you’re having fun. Amy and Scott were happy to try out all kinds of things, whether it was sneaking through the La Valencia Hotel, or shooting in a parking garage, they hung in there with aplomb. We spent a little time by the water, not far from where Scott proposed to Amy, before going underground to finish the session.

Amy and Scott have been thinking about having their wedding in Maui, but I’m still trying to talk them into Paris. ( “Oh gee, you mean I have to take all my camera gear to Paris? really? ) Can you imagine Amy, peaking through her veil, with Le Tour Eiffel over her shoulder? I can!

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Hey Sailor!

Filed under Recent Work • Written by Philip DeFalco @ 10:36 pm

Alison and Robert
The Yacht “Newport Hornblower”
Saturday, November 10, 2008

I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Alison and Robert last Saturday aboard the yacht “Newport Hornblower” on San Diego Bay. The downtown streets were starting to fill up with Veterans Day parade bands as Alison made her way to the yacht via pedicab, along with the rest of the bridal party, to board for the 10 am cruise. ( A bride in a pedicab isn’t something you see everyday! )

The ceremony was short and sweet, and soon everbody was able to relax and enjoy being out on the water with blue skies and clear sailing. Friends and relatives from as far afield as Pennsylvania and Texas enjoyed the cruise, remarking on the beauty of San Diego from the bow, especially as we toured Point Loma near the yacht club.

After the cruise, it was just a quick ride in the limo up the hilll to Balboa Park for all the group photographs. Alison and Robert were both really down to earth and a lot of fun to be around, and I think it shows in their images.

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It is a rule: You have to kiss under the bridge!
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…and they lived happily ever after!

Beth & Paul, Home at Last!

Filed under Recent Work • Written by Philip DeFalco @ 11:14 pm

Some of you might recognize Paul from the ‘miss you’ post here on my blog. At long last, his lovely fiancĂ©e Beth has returned from her deployment overseas, not long after Paul returned from his. Were they happy to see each other? Holy Cow! Yes!
With only 5 weeks to go before their wedding in Laguna Beach, we wasted no time getting together for their engagement session.

It was a wintery kind of day in La Jolla (okay, so it was under 70 degrees) but even if it were snowing, I doubt Beth or Paul would have noticed. They’ve only been reunited for a short while, and it shows!.

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Beth & Paul finished the session with a splash!

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“Heirloom Project” for San Diego Fire Victims

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Fellow photographer Melissa Schwartz in San Diego has devoted herself to organizing the “Heirloom Project” which in her words is “a collective of photographers offering free family portraits to those families who lost their homes in the san diego wildfires in october, 2007.” Like half a million other San Diegans, we were required to evacuate our home when fires threatened our neighborhood. In the end, the evacuation and days spent away from home only amounted to a major inconvenience. Others, including some that I know, lost everything. Please check out the “Heirloom Project” website and watch it grow along with the project itself.

The phone rang at our house shortly after four a.m. on Monday morning. We had stayed up late the night before, watching the news to keep an eye on the fire. Our house had been enveloped in smoke since around two o’clock Sunday afternoon. After the phone call, I went to my back patio and I was shocked to actually see flames on the hill, across the valley. The fire wasn’t moving in our direction, so we didn’t feel very threatened, but the evacuation was mandatory, so we packed up the camera gear, hard drives, my Mac, and uh..oh yeah!..the cats!

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The ash was everywhere, as everybody who was here knows – I’m thankful that ash was all we had to contend with
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