Instead of making a bunch of smaller blogs, I thought I'd just throw all of my favorites of February 2017 into one bigger blog. Feburary was filled with a lot of fun stuff, I celebrated my birthday, hosted a photo meet up & went to another in LA, and shot some photos of friends.
I'm currently sitting in Burbank looking back on an amazing day where two photo friends came to visit my original home of the Central Coast. As I look back on the photos, I remember having a lot of fun even just driving and around talking about shooting shows or goals for the future. I'll link their instagram's on their names so you guys can follow them as well. @annaleemedia & @mallorymturner. These are two genuinely great people that I feel lucky to know and I'm glad to know I have these photos to reflect on a good day.
2016 is over and I'd like to share with you some of my favorite photos from this year. I am so grateful for all of the opportunities i've received this year. Touring with The Rocket Summer at the beginning of the year was amazing, then spending the whole summer working with Night Riots on their first full length release Love Gloom, and finally ending the year with a seriously amazing tour. I couldn't be happier and I can't wait to step it up in 2017!
Being from such a small area Richard and I are always nervous that maybe no one will come to these meet ups but every time we host them, new friends are made and that is always worth it to us. Having a positive place for the local photography community to hang, talk, and collaborate is always a good feeling. We never blow up our feeds too much with fliers, we just try to keep it casual and relaxed. We always joke about canceling it while we are waiting for people to show up just incase no one comes but they always do and it is always a good time. This time we met up in Cambria to hang out and shoot the sunset. Every time I say I'm going to get a portrait of everyone there and I never do. I swear I got really close but maybe next time. I'm also including some pictures from a few days after the meet up. Richard went out to the coast to get some shots and so I'm just going to post them here instead of posting them in a whole separate blog.
My good friend Richard hit me up, less than an hour before we ended up leaving, to see if I wanted to go up to the Big Sur area for the day to see our friend David that works in Limekiln. After being at my house for about half an hour, I was already charging my camera batteries and packing to leave again. The first half of the day was spent with David showing us a small trail he likes to take that leads to a beautiful view of the ocean. While killing time for the sun to start going down, David thought of the idea to black out his room and show me how developing a film print works. Although Richard is no stranger to film and the dark room, it was really a treat for me to see someone doing this for the first time in my life. Developing film will always be something I'm interested in and would love to understand it better, so seeing him do that was definitely a pleasant surprise of the day. If you would like to see some of David's amazing work, check out his website here. http://dkr4.com The second half of the day was Richard and I trying to chase the sun to get a shot before it went down. A lot of people were on the road that day so it proved pretty difficult to find the right place but just when we thought we were going to miss it, we ended up seeing one of the most amazing sunsets. We quickly found a place to park and hop out to take some photos. On the way home, it just so happened that the moon was very small and the sky was very clear, so we got to take some shots of the milky way over the ocean. I was hoping to do some star trails but the milky was so clear that I decided just to focus on that. What began as just a day trip to Big Sur turned into a really great memory.
A good friend of mine, Richard Fusillo, and I started doing photographer meet ups in our area as a way to bring the local photo community together and it has been really cool. CCPOV stands for Central Coast Point Of View which pretty much just means what we photograph on the Central Coast. He continues to host stuff when I go on tour so he really is the guy that keeps everything moving forward. This past one was on June 25th and a handful of people came. We all hung out for a bit and then shot some sunset shots and that is what these pictures are of. Anyone, photographer or not, is welcome to come out to the meet ups.