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!
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…
To purchase these images and others as fine art prints, or to inquire about editorial licensing, please visit my Automobilia Photography Archives
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!
On the sheltered beaches of Monterey, Carmel, and Point Lobos, one can catch a lovely glimpse into the lives of harbor seals. This time of year, the cute harbor seal pups are beginning to explore their watery homes, and their mothers keep a watchful eye as they swim through the swaying kelp forests and quiet coves. Some of the pups are particularly plump and round, and as they get brave enough to swim away from their mothers, there are moments of playful freedom in the surf. Once a pup realizes that they can no longer see their mother however, they will cry, short sad little calls that bring their mothers quickly to their side. The pups only have 3 to 4 weeks before they will be weaned, and witnessing this precious time that they have with their mothers is quite a special sight.