Good morning from the new Esquire Photography HQ in a fun little city in Orange County called Newport Beach everyone! YES! You read that right! Esquire Photography is in Newport Beach and this is one Wedding Photographer that has a special West Coast Wednesday Video Of The Week that I think may help remind of of a little something we all need in our lives. But appears to be getting lost in our schedules, our projects, our lives.
Taking a stand against all odds for something you believe in or maybe even something or someone you love. Regardless of what it is, at some point in our lives – we have to take a stand.
If you’re a child of the 80’s, a movie buff or have been on Planet Earth (I swear, I wasn’t going for a Duran Duran pun! Or was I???), then the chances are greater than 50% and as high as 100% you have seen this image from one of the most amazing movies in 1989; “Say Anything” with John Cusack by Cameron Crowe with the title song: “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel.
Now what exactly does that have to do with today’s West Coast Wednesday you ask? Well… for me – pretty much everything. Last night I was on the phone with my good friend; Grant Oakes in Colorado chatting about his Master Class at WPPI Online in 2012 titled: “So, You Want To Be A Wedding Photographer.”
During our call, he mentioned the “Live Forever” video that Kodak put together & said I should check it out when we got off the phone. Well, I did and I was so totally moved. It was about how important photography is to us a people, as friends, spouses, lovers and just about everything else we are to each other in this world.
So many moments in the video affected me as I understand the importance of what photography is in our lives. How it moves us, changes us, reminds us, breaks us, inspires us and in some cases – changes us. Then there was a quote about photography, that stuck with me and I really need to share it with you. Check this out!
“The Pictures, they’re talking. You have to be very, very quite, you can hear them.
And I will live forever.”
How many millions of words can be spoken just by looking at a wedding album or a shoe box of photos? I bet if you were to look at a photo of your wedding cake, you can remember how it tastes. The flowers – how they smelled so totally amazing. The sun on your face, the wind in your hair and then more importantly – the memories and experiences we can relive through our photography. Toss in all the stories behind what is going on in the photos and you have a priceless work of art regardless of how simple the photograph.
For me, I take photography very personally. It’s something that I keep very close to my heart and live, eat & breathe it. When I deliver my client’s photography to them – I want it to be the absolute best that it can be whether they commissioned me to be their photographer for $5.00, $5,000 or $5,000,000. Either way – I love photography and I want to make a positive difference in this world one photograph at a time.
There’s also the “Think Different” ad by Apple. It’s one of the best motivational videos that I’m in love with & believe in 100%. With this Apple video, the entire script is volumuous to me, but to wrap it up in one quote from the video would be: “The people who think they are crazy enough to change the world, are the one that do.”
For my last video I want to share with you, it typically would be “Rio” by Duran Duran. But something inside me says to share “Ordinary World” by Duran Duran instead. Which makes sense for today’s special edition West Coast Wednesday Video Of The Week. And…. if you’re wondering why, it’s because of Anna Marie & Lee’s Pasadena Engagement Shoot. Where when we were leaving the Huntington Gardens, I nearly dropped my camera on the ground at the same time my jaw hit the ground when we rounded the corner to my favourite spot at the Huntington Garden where they filmed the “Money Shot” of Duran Duran walking past the camera on the ground with black suits and no shoes on in the video; “Ordinary World.”
But before you check out this week’s West Coast Wednesday Video Of The Week and you’re thinking… Newport Beach Wedding Photographer (Previously a Huntington Beach Wedding Photographer) that loves music & fashion, photography and art, feel free to contact me anytime.
So without further ado, I give you “Live Forever” by Kodak, “Think Different” by Apple and “Ordinary World” by Duran Duran. Feel free to sit back with your favourite morning beverage (I’m enjoying my vanilla biscotti in my Warrick Castle mug) and enjoy the inspiring messages to kick off your West Coast Wednesday positively in Huntington Beach, another spot in Orange County or another part of this huge planet that we’re all a part of.
Have an awesome West Coast Wednesday and also remember to keep the “Butterfly Effect” happening and make it a totally positive one for someone else too – cheers!
“Super Duper PSS,” If you’ve been keeping up with my Facebook and Twitter updates – then you have seen that I’ve brought on two new people to join me in Newport Beach to be a part of the Esquire Photography family. YAY!
Here is the really cool part. Both people joining me I’ve known for nearly 10 years. Crazy! The first person I brought on board is Linda and she will be the official new “Client Concierge” handling a lot of the back end of the business and a lot of my correspondence. Linda is a long time client, turned BFF for nearly 9 1/2 years. She joined me this past week and is already keeping up with my awesome signature service I deliver to my clients. I’m receiving all sorts of notes from brides – some of which saying: “OMG, I LOVE Linda!!” and “She should be a life coach!” Uhmmm… can I just say; “Wholly Nachos & Newcastles!”
The second addition to the Newport Beach Wedding Photography team is BJ who will be handling all of my books. I’ve known BJ for about 9 years through Katherine as they’ve both been BFF’s nearly their entire lives. But when BJ recently told me that she brought another Orange County client up to date from January 1st to July 31st of this year – all in about five hours. Also pointing out to me that she is to numbers and finances like I am to people and photography. Pretty much pushed me over the edge for me to bring her on board & we started to exchange information straight away. I’ve already referred my friend & colleague photographer; Melinda to BJ when she saw my note on Twitter.