Bakersfield Blessing

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If you read my earlier post about Staci and Peter, then you know that they were married in a civil ceremony last year before Peter went to Iraq. Peter volunteered to serve in the Marine Corps during a time when it was obvious that going to Iraq was very likely. Staci and Peter wished to have their vows blessed in church once he returned home to Bakersfield safely, and I was fortunate enough to be their photographer.

The blessing itself was short and sweet, and we had plenty of time between the blessing and the reception to shoot in a few spots around Bakersfield. I believe it was Staci’s uncle who provided the Oldsmobile Nintey-Eight for the day, which was so cool! We spent a bit of time downtown and then headed out to the country club where Peter’s family lived for a few shots on the back nine. I think you can tell just by looking what a sweet couple Staci and Peter make. I truly wish them all the best.

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Wherever You Go, There You Are!

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This is more of a personal post than I typically write. Everything I usually post here is about the work I am doing, but obviously there is much more to life than just work, and sometimes there’s even more to it than photography! (eeek)

I have traveled around much of the USA and everyone who knows me is aware of my love of Paris. I recently had just enough down-time to make a quick trip somewhere….. I didn’t have to be anywhere or shoot anything for almost two weeks. Paris is great and there’s so much to see and do there that it can be a great get-away, but I was not in the mood to ‘get away’ so much as I was in need of ‘getting in touch.’ I had often thought of making a pilgrimage to one particular ashram outside of Bangalore, India, in the small city of Puttaparthy. It had been on my mind for over a decade, but I never really felt like it was the right time to go until now. Within a day of having the thought, I applied for an Indian Visa and I bought my plane ticket for the following week. It was a bit nerve wracking waiting for the Visa to come, since without it, my non-refundable ticket would be worthless. Luckily it came in six days…one day before I left.

I chose the most efficient route, which was from LAX to London, then straight on to Bangalore, India. Because the layover in London was only two hours, it worked out to almost 24 hours of travel time to India, covering 10,500 miles. I made the same journey in reverse on the way home. I didn’t end up sitting next to another person on any of my flights, and the general rule in the ashram is silence. For me, this meant that from the time I got on the first plane, to the time I got home, I had very little conversation. Try going for 7 days without talking sometime! It turned out to be a valuable experience for me.

In any case, photography in the ashram itself is prohibited, but I did bring one camera body and lens to grab a few shots during my last afternoon in India, outside the ashram. Over the whole trip, I shot less than 75 frames, so this was definitely a trip about looking within much more than my usual looking through a viewfinder. Even on the other side of the planet, I found myself having many of the same thoughts and preoccupations that I had before I left, which goes to prove the title of this post!

I love the quality of light…leaving L.A., just turning back to the coast after take off.

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As the sun goes down over the Pacific (above), it’s coming up in India on the other side of the world.(below)

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This is the public gate to the Ashram, known as the Ganesha Gate because of the shrine just inside.

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If you stand just outside the Ganesha Gate and look across the street, this is what you see:

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The ashram has it’s own dairy full of cows. At the entrance, you will see this statue of Sri Krishna.

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My only picture of myself in India..shot from the back of a rickshaw scooter.

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On the rickshaw tour, I visited the specialty hospital near the ashram, where all services, including surgery, is performed at no cost to the patient. Even if I had a major procedure there, I would not recieve a bill.

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The entrance to a temple

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My favorite number..a classroom in a very rural school outside of town.

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I saw the monkeys around the ashram quite often, so I was happy this one happened to be on the ashram wall as I passed by. Aside from all the bats hanging up in the trees, the monkeys were the most interesting to watch!

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This is the other gate to the ashram known as the Canteen Gate. I asked for permission to take a photograph and it was kindly granted.

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Catching Up On Engagements!

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Late Winter and early Spring are always really busy with engagement sessions. My wedding season is about to hit full swing this weekend with the wedding of Beth and John at the Coronado Marriott. They are coming in from North Carolina for the wedding and from what I can see, their guests are really in for a treat! We met down in Coronado as they finalized their menu and other details, so we took the opportunity to take a quick walk and grab a few shots.

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I’ll be photographing the wedding of Erin and Mike this July at the Bali Hai in San Diego. We met at Torrey Pines State Park a couple of weeks ago for their engagement session. Even though I was born and raised in San Diego ( and I even went to Torrey Pines H.S. for a year ) I had never actually been into the park before! I’m glad we went…it’s beautiful!

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Coming up in May will be the wedding of Christine and Mike at the Torrey Pines Hilton. We met early this year at Windansea Beach in La Jolla.

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Each of the weddings I mentioned above are being coordinated by Sharon Cole , and I appreciate that she has brought these clients to me! The season is really about to get going, so I’m looking forward to sharing new work again soon.

On The Streets of Bakersfield

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I met up with Staci and Peter in Downtown Bakersfield recently for an ‘engagment session.’ I put it in quotes because Staci and Peter actually did get married in a civil ceremony, shortly before Peter deployed for Iraq over a year ago. Staci and Peter also brought along their dog Chesty…he’s the coolest dog EVAH! Thankfully they also brought treats, which really helped when we needed to pose him!

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