When I am shooting I often see or feel something a little different than what is natively captured on the sensor. With these two I sensed joy, excitement, faith, family and a sense of awareness about themselves that whispered “old souls” to my mental eye. A photoshoot can be intense, especially for families with little ones. You get to see emotions and reactions and interactions in a very “Reader’s Digest”-like condensed version of daily life. They were all a little excited, a little nervous, and very full of life.  And me…well, I had the good fortune to be there on that one hour journey with laughter, tears, hunger, impishness and fun. The shot below has been enhanced…old souls, energetic youth, so much ahead. Joy.

John & Lauren

John & Lauren

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I had a chance to do a family shoot this last weekend and this is one of my favorite shots. The outside temperature was terrifically warm and the air was VERY humid but the inside mood was fun and sometimes a real hoot. Between the laughs and the toy “rotocopter” we had a great time. The shoot went by very quickly which is good because I am pretty sure that the three kids were tired of me and the “flash” “flash” “flash.” But I’d do it again in a heartbeat!!

What fun!

What fun!

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Yesterday, we helped Kelsey move into her dorm room and begin this new and exciting phase in her life. The commute was awful, four hours each way…no doubt because of the beach traffic. And hot…wow, if it wasn’t the hottest day of the year, it was in the top 5.  Fortunately, the university had special handling for new freshman and the move from the car to the room was painless, like a valet service! Of course, this day was not without emotion but the emotion was buoyed by the excitement of this new place she finds herself. We miss her here but we are glad she has successfully launched! We are proud of all of our kids for being so engaged with one another and focused on doing well “in the now” as well as looking over the horizon for all the opportunities and byways. We all went down, lots of smiles and hugs. And then, “So long, for now!”

Kelsey, Kyle, Kirsten

Kelsey, Kyle, Kirsten

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Walking in Laguna you see cool stuff almost everywhere from awesome ice cream stores, to gift shops, and street musicians. We stumbled across this father-daughter team playing some really mean guitars. They are Tom and Tomi and call their act the TomiTom Show. The riffs played by the girl are actually very, very good. The guitar she’s using isn’t the best in the world but she makes it talk. They were fun to watch; they’ve been doing this for a while apparently, or at least the YouTube videos seem to indicate that Tomi was 8 or less when she started and now is about 12 or 13. They were fun.

Tomi & Tom

Tomi & Tom

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Every time I say, write, or think “On the Beach” I think of Nevil Shute’s book by the same name.  I read that book in the early 60s and I was captivated by the adventure and horror; but, nothing so global or literary about this post.  I love the beach with a couple/three caveats. The caveats are: no sand; no water; no heat. So pretty much I want to stay on the sidewalk and in the shade. But, my family likes the sand, the water, and the sun and so to show my good spirit and demonstrate my cooperative and loving nature, I went to the beach. Of course I had my camera with me but my vision of the beach and the people in the beach is actually just a tiny bit different than the reality. I have tried to enhance the photos I took with a little dramatic license to emphasize what “eye” saw when I took the shot. These were all taken at Laguna Beach.

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These first two remind me of what an old sailor once told me, “You can never turn your back on the sea.” Wading in the shallow water seems innocent enough but the power of the sea even in the shallowest of waters is pretty awesome. This young lady innocently walks out into the “calm” and shallow ocean…and then the wave very suddenly breaks.

Wading Surprise

Wading Surprise

Wading Surprise

Wading Surprise

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Not too, too far away from the breaking wave was a boogie boarder. The waves were actually pretty good for him and he had lots of rides and action. I caught the one below of him just as he was coming in for a landing.

Boogie Board

Boogie Board

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And last, but not least, a selfie on the beach. Lots of cell phones naturally although I think most of them were doing PokemonGo and not selfies.

Laguna Beach Selfie

Laguna Beach Selfie

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