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Lavender twist.

With exquisite lines on mylar, David draws inspiration from the torn, worn and used out on the street. We walked for an hour in the Mission District, catching up and talking future goals. Revisiting the old neighborhood, it felt good to be back for David, having just completed a successful show at a vital and vibrant multi use contemporary art/live performance space, a.Muse art gallery on Alabama Street. David had completed a circle. Before heading back to LA the next day, we both shot with cameras and mobile phones. Here’s a portrait of the artist David D' Andrade, with a link to his work here

Thailand, Malaysia

So I’m lucky!, what can I say. My intrepid younger sister lives and works in Asia. First Shanghai, China. Now Seria, Brunei -- from metropolis to jungle. She continues to challenge herself and come out on top. Teaching yoga part-time keeps her grounded and her children loving her. During the week she teaches kids the curriculum, of course, and a few life lessons along the way. She’s opened up traveling to Asia for me and it continues to surprise, amaze and delight my life. Organized chaos is often the only way to describe it. Cars, trucks, scooters -- frequently with three or four people on them, coming from every angle. Surprisingly, no one bumps into each other. This is often all best seen from the back of a Tuk Tuk. What is a Tuk Tuk? It’s a little hybrid-motorcycle thing. Well, the official name is a Tuk Tuk. Traveling always offers you a new view, a chance to step back from home and experience new cultures. Mouth-watering food, great value for money and renewed curiosity. Rural bus rides that won’t soon be forgotten are soothed away with a fantastic foot massage on the street of the local markets.

Mixing and eating with the locals is always the way to go, roadside cafes, noodle soup trucks, everything in between. We ate a fresh lobster Christmas day, prepared with a Thai red sauce. A road side cafe might not have received a second look back home but this was one of the most delicious meals of our trip.

Thousands of temples dating back hundreds of years are scattered across Thailand. These small temples are never built in the shadow of homes or businesses. Instead, they are placed right out front, positioned for daily offerings of garlands of flowers, food and water. The Thai people are warm and generous of spirit, incredibly welcoming.

We rented scooters one day and with mother on the back we explored the small island of Koh Samui, a gorgeous location with white sand beaches.

I had a lot of fun shooting photos with my phone and the having the ability to edit and process on-the-go was eye-opening. A small collection of photos is in the video above. Shooting weddings in Sonoma County is fantastic, but I would love to cover weddings on the gorgeous islands in the Gulf, even in Bangkok “the city of Angels.” I can’t wait to return and continue my exploration of Thailand. Pom rak Meuang Thai { I love Thailand.}

Joshua Tree & Las Vegas

Our trip to a photography conference in Vegas took us past Joshua Tree, where we camped a couple of nights. There was a forecast for snow, so we decided to stick around so we could shoot dessert snow scene. All we got was rain and lots of it. Safe to say were out of there as soon as day broke. Vegas was a couple of hours away & our room had the view. We registered, and so began 3 days of lectures, seminars & trade show events. 16,500 attendees this year, so looks like there’s a few wedding & portrait photographers out there. The trip highlight for sure: my friends and Studio owners Bob & Becky won a fantastic prize from Pictage and scored us tickets to the party at Studio 54 MGM. I always come back inspired from these events; ready to work.