Archive for October, 2008

Cuixmala, Mexico: a beautiful destination wedding location, Part I

Now onto some really fun stuff…

As I have mentioned before, I love to travel (to most anywhere) and that is why I love, even more, that my work allows me opportunities for this!

This time last year, I spent about 3-4 days in Cuixmala, Mexico — a five star resort set within an eco-preserve — yes, to work!  And working in a place like that is no task I can’t handle…again and again.  

There are several different areas to stay on the property, including a Moorish mansion set up on a bluff overlooking the Mexican Pacific, or your own bungalow, nestled above a field where you might glimpse some of the zebras on the property. The food was fresh, organic deliciousness; the hibiscus iced tea– so tasty!

Without going on about this place, here are some of my travel images to handle all the explaining. More photos to come in the next post…

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Art for CARE – photography auction

I was thrilled to be a part of the wonderful Art for CARE event this past Thursday evening!  As one of the 80 + photographers who donated work for the silent auction, the image above was my contribution. It is from my fine art series and was taken at a skatepark in Tacoma, WA– because the image has such a painterly aesthetic, I chose to have it printed on canvas and stretched for final presentation.  

 

Art for CARE  was conceived of and produced by the fabulous and kind-hearted Brian Holliday, in conjunction with several CARE staff members, to raise money for SF General Hospital’s C.A.R.E. program (Cancer Awareness Resource Education).

A wonderful, excited spirit ran throughout the night at the gorgeous, donated venue, Left Space Studios, and ultimately, a good chunk of money was raised for a program that has touched and helped cancer patients, as well as, family members of patients.  It was a beautiful success and I am already excited about this event continuing again in 2009!

 

Here is some further info about the event and program:

CARE offers “live” health education programs in English, Spanish, and Cantonese for San Francisco General Hospital’s cancer patients.  We also offer a multilingual theater program, The Araceli Theater Project.  The cancer patients CARE serves are vibrant and diverse, but face enormous challenges in taking care of their health.  Since its inception in 2002, over 600 cancer patients at San Francisco General Hospital have participated in the CARE program and the Araceli Theater Project.

Newly diagnosed cancer patients, as well as current CARE participants, are invited to join every new 10 – 12 week CARE series.  Each weekly group meeting includes an interactive health related presentation, a “check-in” activity, and dinner.
Art for CARE is going to be a first for San Francisco General Hospital. We’ll have live music, fabulous food catered by Fresca: Peruvian Cuisine, and beautiful donated photography. The event will be hosted at Left Space Studios.  The event promises to be both elegant and memorable, as well as a great way to support community-based cancer education.”
 

Katie & Mike

Katie and Mike celebrated their wedding day in several fantastic San Francisco locations!

A number of key moments of their story are all centered within this great city. They met at San Francisco’s annual Black and White Ball and later became engaged at Crissy Field. On the day of the wedding, Katie and Mike chose to meet up in a suite at the Fairmont Hotel, atop Nob Hill.  From there, we went to Pacific Heights to enjoy the view and take some couple’s photos.  Following their ceremony in the gorgeous St. Mark’s Lutheran church, trolleys took guests downtown to The City Club of San Francisco located in the Stock Exchange Tower — this is a wonderful, art deco, financial district location.

One of the details I especially liked was that as an alternative to wedding cake, Katie and Mike opted for not only a table of Italian cookies but even better, an old fashioned gelato cart serving up three absolutely delicious, all-organic flavors!  Sean Boyle, the owner of SF Gelato, was recently the “Ice Cream Curator” (now that is an expert title that I can work towards…) for San Francisco’s recent Slow Food Nation event.  

Table names were all meaningful locations to the couple which were later brought downstairs and placed on the guestbook table along with some old family wedding photos.  The day was jubilant, elegant and so fun to be a part of.  Congratulations, Katie and Mike!

Reception Site: The City Club of San Francisco

Flowers: An Added Touch

Gelato Cart: SF Gelato

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

Fire on Angel Island

 

While driving back from a wedding in Sonoma last night, I spotted orange smoke pumping up from a distant hillside.  As we got closer, it became evident that it was a fire tearing through Angel Island!  It looked like molten lava.

Here are a few shots that I took from the Marin Headlands…

Planes, trains and automobiles…boats, too.

I have just returned from an amazing month of traveling up and down the East Coast! The weddings I photographed were filled with wonderful people and great locations and I look forward to sharing some images in future blog entries…

Airplanes flew me between San Francisco, New York City, Boston and Southwest Florida.

I traversed cities and states on a multitude of trains (Amtrak, Metro North, NYC Subways, Boston T lines) bringing me to stops in Boston, NYC and my home state of Connecticut.

Various roads, cars and even a bus, brought me from NYC to the beautiful South Fork of the Hamptons, on a rainy roadtrip up to New Hampshire, as well as back and forth to various other locales. I was hoping to include a bicycle as part of my road travel but I wisely concluded that it would have been difficult to manage with all my gear!

To really round things out, I cruised along the Long Island Sound on a Cross Island Ferry — from the Hamptons up to see the beginnings of leaves changing in New England.  Fall in New England is truly one of my favorite things.

On that note, travel, too, is one of my favorite things. I am so fortunate that my work allows me opportunities to shoot for clients all over the country and abroad!