October 24, 2014

Waves Weekend

It’s my alma mater.  But it’s now distinctly The Teen’s territory.  And we descended upon for it for Waves Weekend (homecoming).  Clouds greeted us, which always makes my shutter-loving heart happy.
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Too bad the cafeteria doesn’t have a very pretty view …
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The first day included a parade/regatta.  The Teen’s dorm represented as a Penguin (wings are surfboards. of course).
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He’s happy there.  Which makes us happy.
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The end of the regatta included a friendly stuff-a-Mini competition.  A girl’s dorm easily won this (count:17; campus record is 19. oy).wavesweekend-8 wavesweekend-9 wavesweekend-10 wavesweekend-11
The regatta was followed by a free Carnival with In n Out Burger trucks.  The line for food was interminably LONG (because, duh, FREE. plus college students.)  A mistake we’ll not make again next year.
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And the kid who has mocked this practice for years, now resembles this practice.  :-/
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Day two included a tour of Adamson House and AMAZING FANTASTIC INCREDIBLE AWESOME concerts by Plain White T’s and Andy Grammer.  Outside, on a hill overlooking the ocean, at sunset time with comfy couches for alumni (woot!).  And there were LA food trucks (not free, thus much shorter lines – ha!) with delicious dinners.  We had to-die-for butter curry chicken.  Mmmmm, good.  Can’t wait til next year.  Totally going to the concert again.
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October 21, 2014

Location Scouting …

Confession:  I almost never ever need to scout locations.  I almost always encourage my clients to pick home or a place that is meaningful to them.  But this was a special circumstance.  A situation where I needed to do a right-this-minute-check-the-light for a last minute session happening for a dear friend.  At a …. [wait for it] …. parking garage!  And I needed a willing guinea pig.  Or two.  I lucked out and got two (grin).  And ended up with some pictures that I love.  Of my dudes.  At a … [wait for it] …. parking garage. 
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October 16, 2014

Walk on the Waves :: Orange County Senior Lifestyle Photography

This outstanding young man is finishing his senior year of high school and looking forward to life at a university that he hopes and prays will be near shore.  Any shore.  But, if that shore might also be not far from Times Square, then bonus points!  We split his session time between the Mission in his home town and the beach where he loves to surf.

Song:  Walk on the Waves by Colton Dixon.  Can be purchased here

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Mission.  Check.  Now, off to the beach.  Not just any beach.  One of the most beautiful beaches *anywhere*.  And, incidentally, the beach where he learned to love to surf. 
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He's got your hands
Your heart, your life
So don't be afraid
To walk on the waves.
~Colton Dixon