It is always an honor to witness and document the special moments that people will forever treasure, and when I was approached to provide clandestine photography of a surprise engagement at a beautiful coastal location, I could not resist the opportunity. Arrangements were made, secret updates and texts sent, and as the sun settled with golden light over the crashing waves and dramatic cliffs of Asilomar, Matt proposed to Elisha.
After the main event, we used the beautiful location for some easy-going portraits, capturing their natural joy and love; goofy moments and lots of laughter made this shoot a breeze and the resulting images are so much fun. Congratulations Matt & Elisha!
See more of my recent client work here, and contact me to plan your own surprise proposal photoshoot here!
It is an August ritual, the gleaming chrome, rumbling engines, shifting gears and crowds of automotive aficionados, all converging to transform Monterey, California into a car collector’s paradise. From vintage automobile races to open-air shows, there are endless opportunities to see examples of fine historic vehicles and rare luxury supercars up close and in beautiful detail. For more classic car photography and racing photography from Monterey Car Week, please visit the APK Photography Automobilia Archives.
I have been photographing automotive events for nearly as long as I have lived in Monterey, and it is truly remarkable to see the variety of cars and the passion of the owners and fans. From a shooting perspective, these celebrations of automotive engineering and history are always well-attended, meaning that I have no choice but to work with the crowd and explore new angles from which to capture both the details and the larger feel of any given event. Lately, I have become even more interested in capturing the interaction of the people and the cars, resulting in moments like the shot below.
Of course, there is always the simple and deeply satisfying fun of moving in closer for those more finely tuned abstract and detail images, with the added challenge of highly-variable light/shadow intensities on shiny surfaces…
As the daughter of a pilot, it is nearly impossible for me not to look up when I hear airplane engines rumbling through the sky. These two planes passed overhead while I was on a recent travel photography expedition, and while I only had a split second to catch them from my spot on the sidewalk, I am actually quite pleased with the unexpected composition of the powerlines and dramatic sky framing, before these two planes passed into the bright afternoon sun.
A lovely day-trip destination, San Juan Bautista delights with a blend of history, culture, small-town charm, and delicious culinary adventures. After thoroughly exploring the mission, being sure to peek around corners into less-explored rooms and taking the time to absorb the architectural and historical details, stroll down to the adjacent and very walkable main street where classic old-town Californian architecture and the mom-and-pop local businesses provide a low-key backdrop to an aimless afternoon. Wandering from shop to shop, be sure to pause for a signature apricot margarita in a beautiful garden patio setting. Or for a dining experience that the locals would probably rather keep secret, leave the main avenues and go a block further from the mission, for some unassumingly wholesome and satisfying family-style basque cuisine.
The avenues were quiet on this mid-winter day, and as the gardens of the mission come into bloom, the warmth of this inviting town will draw more spring and summer crowds, including motorcyclists enjoying a ride through the pastoral countryside, and families seeking a sunny and simple getaway. From Monterey, Santa Cruz, or the greater San Francisco bay area, San Juan Bautista can be an easy weekend adventure, and beyond the attractions in town, there are extensive hiking trails and geological sites of interest providing even more accessible and active experiences. I am looking forward to returning later in the year, to further explore the charms of this classic California town.
One of many local holiday traditions, the Lighted Boat Parade brightens up the Monterey Bay from the harbor to Cannery Row, offering a colorful celebration of the season’s cheer. Families with small children and longtime community residents enjoy the camaraderie as they line the piers and beaches to view the parade of boats decorated with Christmas lights, while music plays and sailors shout holiday greetings to shore. See the full gallery of the 2014 Monterey Lighted Boat Parade here!
Luxurious materials, bold colors, creative details, and that priceless handmade touch that true artisans bring to their work; Fringe Outerwear is a one-woman operation, and I recently had the pleasure of photographing some of her lovely knit and crochet items, some ready for sale now, some prime for personalized customization. She even blogs! Find a little something for yourself or someone you love, and see more of my lifestyle product photography in the Fringe Outerwear Etsy shop.
I have long loved seeing familiar landscapes from unfamiliar perspectives, and an aerial view of the earth always invites the eye to pause and take in the details. Sometimes the effect is as if a map has come alive, and our minds seek to become oriented within the relationships of geographic features and man-made structures.
For me, the most captivating details are the ways in which the effects of time are made visible on the landscape, and to really see the larger features and their accompanying textural details, one must take to the air. This image is one of many in an ongoing series of fine art aerial landscape photographs, ‘time will tell‘, in which I am exploring the nuances of the North American landscape and the subtle stories it may have to share.