Avila Beach + Kids

I headed down to see my sister for a day, and of course baby E (not you Eric.. but it was good to see you too.) my nephew and godson.  (Call me godfather if you wish…) Of course camera was in hand with all the cute little ones running around, and I wanted to share a few images.  I mean, what’s not to love about kids at the beach?

Easton - first time touching the Pacific Ocean.

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Santa Cruz – Zoomed In

In this second part of a two part series “Why I need the big huge lensI traveled to Santa Cruz and back along it’s coastal road north, Highway 1, to see what I could find. It’s pretty amazing what a pre-conceived “mundane” day can bring about. All I can say is man, I wish I had more days to just photograph.

For those who didn’t catch the first part of the plea with myself and financial responsibilities, I am currently weighing the option of investing in a substantial piece of photographic equipment.  Whether my want will become my need, which may become my remorse, has yet to be seen, but it sure was fun using Nikon’s 200-400mm VR F4 lens.

The sign says it all. That's where I am headed.

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Are Your Wants Really Your Needs?

My wife’s side of the family likes to razz her about a few lines she has said over the years – one of which is pretty famous. When she was young, she said to her mom, “Mom, I need this,” pointing to whatever current trend was sweeping the pre-pubescent population of girls at the time.  It could have been the Easy Bake Oven, or Barbie’s new Pink Corvette with super sexy and extremely heterosexual Ken Doll.  The point is, she needed it.  And when her mom replied to her, “Jennifer, you don’t need that.  You just want it.”  Jen thought about this for a moment and then shot back, “Yes, but my wants become my needs.”

Jen, wanting me to stop taking pictures of her.

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Elliston Vineyards Wedding – Aaron + Yumi

When Jen and I returned home from the JET program (teaching English as second language)  years ago, we wondered when, where, and how our limited Japanese skills would come into play.  Turns out, a little “Yoroshuku Onegaishimasu” goes a long way, because that simple greeting led to greater things with Aaron and Yumi.

And it turns out, language brings people together on many levels – for it’s the reason that these two are together as well. Yumi decided to come over to the US and attend school. First she had to get her English skills up to par.  That’s where Aaron and his TOFL goodness came in, instructing Yumi on the finer points of our beloved language.  Today, they got hitched at Elliston Vineyards.

Sweet…

Yumi, waiting. Hit from above camera left with a shoot thru umbrella.

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Bridebound Feature Article

Woo Hoo!  Got a nice interview and feature write-up in Bridebound, a blog about everything wedding related.  One of the creators, Meredith, found my site and thought my work and website was worthy of having a little spotlight.  I agree!

So head on over and check it out if you like.

Meredith, thanks for the love!

And Aaron and Yumi… don’t worry… you’re up next!

See you down the road.

-Todd

Amy + Ryan

It’s been a busy few weeks.  Yes, the blog is a bit light of late, but I notice this trend throughout the “blog-o-sphere.” Seems people actually leave their houses and desks once in a while to get some fresh air, and enjoy time with friends and family.  I don’t think there’s any air I would rather smell than that of Lake Tahoe.

Amy's Dress = Amazingly Gorgeous

Majestic mountains, a big blue lake, and chill people make for some pretty good times, and the fact that Amy and Ryan happened to get hitched up there makes it pretty much perfect.

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