Stylish Story Telling with Raw Emotion
As summer winds down and the we count the days before Alex returns to school as a third-grader on two hands, we jumped at the opportunity to hit the road. This time, we were off to Washington and the town of Sequim on the Olympic peninsula. Along the way, we visited two national parks and drove straight through some of the smokiest valleys we’d ever seen as the wildfires continued to build in the mountain valleys of Mendocino. I had a few cameras with me but here’s all the frames I shot on my Pentax 67. I don’t know why I shoot film – it’s not convenient, I know I may never get into the darkroom to print the negatives, it’s expensive, I know I’d have more control with my digital options…but I do anyways. Maybe it’s because if forces you to take your time (while being eaten by mosquitoes), who knows, I just know I’ll always travel with my film cameras. Here are some photos starting at Jedediah Smith Redwoods then off to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, and back through the smoky valleys of Humboldt county near Happy Camp.
One sunny afternoon recently, Jaime and I were in the yard when we heard the most beautiful sound. Just across the road, outside the Prairie Sun recording studios and through the oak trees, there was a woman playing her guitar and singing, her voice echoing through our little valley. I couldn’t have been dirtier – covered in sweat, dirt, and grassy bits of all variety – yet Jaime ordered me to grab a camera and go over before the moment was lost. So reluctantly, I grabbed a few cameras and headed over where I met Lauren Murphy and her daughter. She was just putting in the last hours recording her new album. Typically you hear an artist, like what you hear, buy the album, go to a show, etc…but it was a privilege to flip that sequence around and meet someone so talented in person as they’re hard at work on their new baby.
Lauren, you’ve got an incredible voice and we can’t wait to hear your full album when it’s released this fall!
In the dark dampness of Hurricane Sandy, their story began, Tyrus proposed a life together and Greg happily accepted. The next year would be an exciting and busy one, full of wedding planning, a few awards shows to attend, and a script to be written that would be closer to home than any of the productions either had worked on in the past.
As the wedding planning began In their New York City home, an idea began to form that would define the two in both their relationship and their love for the theater and entertaining. Words began to materialize and lines were written… Showbusiness: The Wedding was born. The cast of characters would include Greg, Tyrus and their friends and partners-in-crime at Martian Entertainment. It was to be the show of the year, that culminated with the two professing their love for each other and desire to spend their life together. Actors were selected, some incredible outfits were assembled and a year later the two boarded a plane headed towards Napa Valley (Greg’s hometown) to put on the show of their lives.
As the guests began to arrive on a sunny Napa day at Charles Krug Winery, they were handed the play book. Knowing they were in a for something very different from the normal wedding ceremony, anticipation grew heavy as the actors hit the stage. The play begun with a monolog narrated by genius actor Sir Finneas Oscarelus Pembroke – played by the certifiably talented Justin Sayre who also wrote the play and performed the duties of officiant. Sir Finneas set the tone of a company of washed up self important actors going along with the motions of yet another production they knew little about. Tyrus and Greg were wrangled onto the set of this play in rehearsal as “extras”, which equates to roughly the same stature of an untouchable amongst the actors of the company. The performance was incredibly humorous throughout; clever, and often edgy. In the end as the outer shell of the parent play broke away, Sir Pembroke dismissed the cast, and brought up the “extras” who exchanged their actual vows, fought back tears, were married, and bowed before exiting (literally) stage right.
As the performance concluded, guests are invited to the 2nd floor of the Carriage House where they were greeted with a red carpet and a step and repeat. As red wine and appetizers were passed, the couple danced their first dance together – an unforgettable ballroom routine led by Greg and followed wonderfully by Tyrus. As the evening set in, dinner was served in the barrel room with an endless variety of incredibly photogenic and mouth-watering options – from an heirloom tomato and mozzarella slicing station to steamed buns to sliders of all shapes and sizes. The food and wine represented the best of the best of what California agriculture and viticulture have to offer and tied together a wonderfully unique day. After some incredibly heartfelt speeches, with full bellies the guests danced the night away under towering Oak tress and a gentle Napa breeze. I think everyone would agree, Greg and Tyrus hit it out of the park with this one!
A link to the play: http://vimeo.com/103249680
Introducing Raynor. AKA Raynor the Red. AKA The Ruiner of Plans.
This little one is determined, curious, adorable… and stubborn. The plan was simple. I was going to come over right around a feeding time. Babies are most quiet and content right after a feeding. We’d take some low key photos and then as he drifted off into milk induced sleep land, we’d grab a few cuddly photos of the wee one on his own. Similar to his birth story, Raynor had a plan of his own. He would not be lulled into a milk fantasy nor be content right after a feeding. In fact, he was still hungry and very much awake and wanted everyone there to know that fact. And similar to his birth story, with a little patience and determination, we were successful in capturing some special first moments of Meaghann and Darren and the newest member of their family.
And don’t you just love this little guy’s custom paintings in his room! Painted by a collection of loved ones including his mom and an homage to his Navy dad.
Jeff and Sharon scaled boulders and dodged cow patties to make their way into the heart of an incredible tower of granite. Yes, we’re likely to ask you get out of your comfort zone at some point on any photo shoot with us but it’s all for the greater good of your photos and Sharon and Jeff were amazingly good sports about getting to our location. Summer weather along the coast of Northern California is commonly foggy but on this afternoon, it was bright and misty with strained sunlight giving the place an ethereal glow. When we first met Sharon and Jeff, we hoped we’d be their choice to photograph their wedding because they’re simply great people, easy going, crazy in love with each other, and lovers of photography. Time really did fly and it was hard to find a good stopping point but if that’s the most difficult part of the day, you’re doing ok. We can’t wait to photograph the wedding which is just around the corner at the beautiful Kunde Family Estate in Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon.