Tuesday, November 06, 2007

2007 Holiday Deadlines

To help you plan, or procrastinate, here is a list of deadlines (and last minute ordering options) for 2007. Order by the date below to receive by December 25:

Holiday Cards - 2 - 4 week turnaround*
Final Prints - December 7*
Proof Prints - December 7
Photo Jewelry - November 21*
Ornaments - November 21*
Photo Handbags - November 5
Calendars - December 7

*Priority Processing Available
Final Prints - Delivery in 7 business days = $1.95 per print + $4.95 (in addition to standard S&H)
5x7 Photo Cards - Delivery in 7 business days = $1.95 per order + $4.95 (in addition to standard S&H)
4x8 Slimline Cards - Delivery in 7 business days = $10 per order
Photo Jewelry - Delivery in 11 business days = $30, Delivery in 5 business days = $50

Monday, September 24, 2007

Belmont Beach Bash Benefit

If you live in Belmont Shore with young children, you've probably been to the little playground at Livingston Park. The Tot Lot Committee (T.L.C.) is working to improve and expand the playground for both toddlers and school age children alike (maybe you've seen their great t-shirts around town).

On September 29, T.L.C. is hosting the Belmont Beach Bash to benefit the Livingston Tot Lot Renovation. The party takes place at Alfredo's Beach Club in Belmont Shore and includes a dinner and a silent auction (we've donated a portrait session...one more reason to attend). Get more info at the T.L.C. website.

Monday, June 11, 2007


In addition to helping with the Westerly photography project, I've had the opportunity this year to assist with an international photography project involving the youth in the Lighthouse program in Sierra Leone, West Africa and in the Jr. High and High School groups of Grace Community Church in Seal Beach, California. The young artists were each given a disposable camera and asked to record images exploring the concepts of brokenness and beauty in their lives.

Selected photographs from the project will be presented at a reception and silent auction on June 19 at ‘The Cliff House’ Gallery Space in Grace Community Church in Seal Beach, California. The reception is from 5:30 to 9:00 pm. Proceeds from the auction and sale of prints and exhibition books will go to the Sierra Leonian participants’ college funds. If you cannot attend, but would like to support the project, please contact us. You can find out more about the project at the Broken-Beautiful website.

UPDATE: Scott Martindale wrote an article about the show for the Orange County Register. Including interviews with some of the participants and lots of photos! Yeah!

Friday, June 08, 2007

Edificando Momentos

I had the opportunity to assist the Westerly School of Long Beach 5th Grade Class with their photography project again this year. The show is titled Edificando Momentos ~ Building Moments: A Photo Exhibit of Architectural Translations. It was an interdisciplinary project that involved photographing the architecture of Long Beach, composing a description about the piece and translating the description into Spanish. The show opens June 8, at the Toyota Children's Gallery at the Long Beach Museum of Art and runs through August 19. I encourage you to check out the work of these talented students.

TIP: Fridays are free at Long Beach Museum of Art and while you are there enjoy lunch at the wonderful café overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

UPDATE: Julian Bermudez wrote a great article about the show for the Gazette Newspapers. The show closes on September 28, so get to the museum and see the work while you can.

Family Fun Guides

This is my first year to experience the end of the school year as a parent. Now that school is over (as are several of Ethan's other regularly scheduled activities), we are looking for fun ways to spend time together as a family. Two of our favorite places to find out what is going on in and around town are Kidsguide and GoCityKids.

Kidsguide distributes a free monthly magazine and a great summer calendar loaded with activities for kids of all ages (pick up a free copy at most family friendly businesses in south LA County and Orange County). This year Liz and her team have added a weekly e-mail newsletter, called The Buzz, that includes information on upcoming events, a feature from the print magazine and a weekly tip.

GoCityKids is an online directory that also has a great weekly e-mail newsletter highlighting upcoming events in several major cities around the country. They recently added a weekly Deals & Steals newsletter, that, as the name implies, offers coupons and other deals at local family friendly business. The only drawback for us is that most of the businesses and activities they highlight are in north Los Angeles County. However, since their content is largely based on suggestions from local families, you can submit your favorite businesses and activities, as well as, add comments, reviews and ratings to those already listed. [Hint: Dodgen Photography is listed here. You could be the first to comment and/or rate us!]

TIP: Going out of town this summer? Gocitykids.com is also a good resource for learning about family friendly activities at major cities around the country.

What are your favorite online resources for learning about all that there is to do in and around town? Add them to the comments.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Let it snow!

While it has been unusually warm this winter, that did not stop us from enjoying a little snow in Long Beach last weekend, thanks to councilmember Patrick O'Donnell who had ten tons of snow delivered to a local park for some wintertime fun.

In addition to the snow play area and four lane toboggan run, there were lots of fire engines, police vehicles (including a helicopter), inflatable maze and slide, carnival games and police officers and fire fighters grilling hot dogs and hamburgers. Everything was free and lots of fun!

Who are we kidding, this is Long Beach, we don't need a winter coat!

A day in the snow wouldn't be complete without sno-cones.

Ethan got hauled away in the paddywagon for having too much fun!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Photo Tip: Read The Manual

What's the best way to decipher your camera's sometimes cryptic icons? The Owner's Manual.

Whether your camera is old or new, digital or film, SLR or point-and-shoot, I encourage you to get out the manual and read it. While not a best seller, the manual is one of the best resources for learning all of the functions and settings of your camera.

Find a setting that is new and interesting to you and practice using it every time you take a picture over the next week. Choose another feature next week. You will be surprised by some of the creative things you can do with your camera and how quickly these adjustments become second nature.

If you do not have the manual, you may be able to download it from the manufacturer's website, I've listed several popular manufacturers below. If a link does not take you directly to downloadable manuals, look in the "support" section of their website.

Hewlett Packard

Need help with some technical terms, go to PhotoNotes or Wikipedia.