Miss M. Senior Portraits
Miss M. was photographed in and around the Visalia Downtown area, on what was one of the hottest September days on record, due to the heat the locations had to be quickly accessed and photographs needed to be quickly taken so that none of us would melt. Images from the shoot turned out great and I wanted to post a link here for those who wish to view a current sample of my portrait work.
Weekend Vacation in Cambria
A weekend in Cambria, California would be enough to slow anyone down, the small town atmosphere and late summer fog is exactly the reason that many people find themselves heading over to the coast to get a reprieve from the sometimes suffocating summer heat in the Valley. Cambria offers a small town in their downtown ready to cater to anyone looking for antiques or a couple of art shops. Just a short trip up scenic highway 1 you can see Hearst Castle former home of W.R. Hearst newspaper tycoon. My images from a prior visit to Hearst Castle can be seen here.
Davis and Bird
Several weeks ago now, I had the opportunity to take a quick trip from Visalia out to Hanford and take photographs of my sister and her boyfriend in Hanford’s historic downtown. The shoot was a quick one, both in planning and execution due to the fact that he is a Navy pilot and isn’t always certain about the times that he is going to have off.
Don’t let the extreme heat of the central valley summers keep you from having good photographs. This shoot took only 30 minutes due to the extreme heat of the day, over 100 degrees on any day anywhere is simply hot. Remember fall is right around the corner and the tree’s will make a wonderful backdrop for portraits.
Salem, Oregons’ Capitol, Evening Tour
Restless from the days event’s and not feeling well my wife Katherine and I decided to hit the pavement and have a look around Salem, starting with dinner at best little road house, we walked around Salem until it the last light from the sun had gone from the sky.
First we stopped by the police station and county seat to have a look around the park after finding some amazing planters full of tulips and then progressed on toward the state capitol building wandering through park after park. Taking photographs along the way of course.
Our evening tour ended in the old opera house looking through the windows at the bars of Slab Soap planning the following day to return to get some soap to take home.
Exeter Christmas Tradition
It’s not exactly walking in a winter wonder land, but it is as close as many people will get here in the Central Valley. Every year for who knows how many years Exeter has kicked off the Christmas Season by having what I would call a very large open house. Every shop devotes extra time to stay open for the benefit of the local area shoppers. The best of the small town era not lost to the progression of time.
Shops who elect to stay open late put out their best dress and order in treats if they haven’t home baked some treats for the late evening shoppers. Exeter Every place puts out their best dress and best treats each Thursday after Thanksgiving until Christmas, downtown Exeter, Ca in that evening is transformed into a magical place full of the joy that comes with Christmas.
I know that for most people the comparison may fail, but the downtown feel rivals that of Disneyland, with much more variety and things that people can actually use and treats for free. Additionally there are photos that can be taken with Santa, rides that can be taken on horse and buggy, and even a train that can be walked around and have it’s horn blown by any child at heart. People come from miles around to experience the Exeter Downtown Christmas event and if you live in the area I encourage you to attend next year as this years Thursdays evenings before Christmas are almost gone.