So on Friday, my little cousin Colton was here from Temecula, and badgered my mom to take him and my little brother to Magic Mountain. Naturally, because I fill the big brother roll and I have a car, my mom called me to ask me to take them. Having a computer full of weddings to edit, I respectfully declined. So my mom did what she knows ALWAYS works to get me to do what she wants. She called Jen. Five minutes later I was instructed we were taking a day off to go to Magic Mountain. She reminded me we haven’t really had a day off in over 3 months. When she put it that way, it made me realize that even though our business is one of the most important things to me, family always comes first. After getting ready we headed out to my parents house right outside of Santa Clarita in the San Fernando Valley. Before doing so, I decided we were taking our Maltipoo Bella, and our puppy German Shepherd Zoey with us. My parents have 3 dogs already, and adding 2 turns their house into animal house. We are all dog lovers, and the dogs love each other, so this is usually not a problem.
Then came Pitstop.
I didn’t tell my parents that we were bringing the dogs, and therefore they didn’t tell me that they brought a new dog home. Pitstop is a puppy that wandered into my parents yard. Like most of their dogs, this is how they acquired him (If you are looking for a good home for your dog, just drop it off in their backyard). Pitstop’s name came from my dad saying STOP to him a million times, and he happens to be a pitbull. Ok, I didn’t name him, but I couldn’t have thought up a better name if I had.
So I conditioned to Colton that if he wanted to go to Magic Mountain, he would have to A) Clean my house, B) Wash my car, and C) Hold still long enough to model for our 85mm F/1.2 Lens that we recently purchased. I knew that C would be the only contingency that I would actually be able to hold him to (or so I thought). So Colton modeled for our lens, and I got to really experiment with its advantages and limitations.
The 85mm F/1.2 lens is one of the best that Canon makes. It is a very specific tool, and therefore requires a lot of practice to use correctly. When you can nail focus with it, these are the types of images that you get.
So we headed out to Magic Mountain, and while waiting in line for some of the rides, I discovered an app on my phone that I doubt any of you have ever heard of before (Cyber Sarcasim): Instagram. I know I am fashionably later to this party than the situation heading to the club.
Not knowing how much fun this app really was, we instantly (Yes, a pun was definitely intended) decided to make it become a part of our business. I feel that it will help Jen and I connect with you on a much more personal level then ever before. So when I got home, I was able to get Bella to model for my iPhone, she is a ham and she loved it. Meanwhile, I caught Zoey chewing on our baseboard, as you can see from the image below, she denies all guilt in the manner, and asked to speak with her attorney before answering any more questions.
In the mean time, we photographed Pearl and Jeff’s wedding yesterday. The results were amazing and I cannot wait to get these images done before. I will talk more about Pearl and Jeff in their wedding photography blog post in the coming weeks. However, I want to extend a special thanks to them, as they were one of our first bookings early last year when we started our business. Thanks for taking a chance with us and we cannot wait to show you the results!