Photographer’s Blog

Photographed 50th Anniversary

A couple of weeks ago I photographed a Golden Wedding Anniversary.  The bride is a fellow choir member of my wife.  Temps would be about 112, 1 degree lower than 2 weddings I have photographed in the past.  I kept their photography simple.  
Fortunately I was able to get them and their family group photos done in church prior to the ceremony; they had wanted the photos done outside at the reception with a wall behind them.  
At the reception I came up with an idea of photographing them and their guests as they arrived, coming into the reception. In addition to the normal reception activities, toast, “first” dance (surely!), cake cutting I got plenty of candids so they would know what went on at the reception.  That’s my job.
Coming from the film days, when every shot cost money, they would receive about 350 edited photos in an album which I had ready on Monday and delivered on Tuesday.
For many of you know that I am a photographer. Before you hire that stranger, please contact me. Over the years I have heard the horror stories from people who know me but hire someone else.
Click the zenfolio button for their gallery to see the entire anniversary photos.

Recent Vacation Road Trip

July 4 Angie, I and dogs Maezee and Leo returned from a 17 day, 4300 mile road trip through 7 western states.  We visited nephew and niece, both of whom gave birth to their first children.  We visited several national parks, Zion, Capitol Reef, Glacier, North Cascades and Crater Lake.  We traveled country road, county, state and US highways to see things one would never see on an interstate.  Traffic on country roads can be as fast as interstates but you see so much more, you just don’t speed in the towns whose speed limits are generally 25 mph.  Attached are some photos from our trip.  Notice I have some people, ie family members, as part of my photography.  Enjoy.

Religious Photos

We are now in the middle of 1st Communion and Confirmation season.

Today we start 1st Communion portraits at St. Euphrasia Catholic Church in Granada Hills, Ca. We will photograph every afternoon and early evening through Thursday. Their 1st Communion Masses (3) are Saturday.

We also photograph 1st Communions and Confirmations at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Newhall and Confirmation at St. Bernardine of Siena in Woodland Hills.

For OLPH in Newhall we also offer family portraits for the Spanish families who really take advantage of this service.

Communion Portrait Communion Portrait

Edited Group Photo

At the recent California State Square Dance Convention I photographed the California Heritage Dancers as a group using our riser system.  The background was not pretty.  The convention committee commissioned a couple of scenic panels which I thought would be a useful background for any group.  Unfortunately it did not work out at the convention, so I cleaned up the background with white.  Here is what I had to deal with, what I did at the convention then what I intended created a couple of days ago.

Original Image

What they purchased

What I intended to create at the Convention

What I had intended to create

Recently we photographed the graduating nursing class at L.A. Pierce College.  20 years ago this semester we introduced instant portraits to the Spring 1998 class at Pierce.  Individuals viewed their images at the session, selected an image for the class composite group photo, then selected image(s) to purchase which we printed, up to 8×10, instantly for them to take home.

Travel and Stock Photography

My wife, Angie, and I are avid travelers.  We have traveled by car/cargo van, cruised 17 times, taken travel tours etc.  I have photos taken on our trips, images are RAW files.  Last year alone we traveled to Texas, Yosemite, Eastern Sierras, two week Viking cruise from Budapest, Hungary to Amsterdam, Lake Havasu, Kaua’i and Orlando Fl.  Other destinations include Italy, the Canadian Rockies, Vancouver, BC, Alaska (last trip in 2016), Hawaii (the big island), Yellowstone/Grand Tetons, Mt. Rushmore/Crazy Horse, SD, Oregon Coast, Northern California, among others.  This year we plan a trip to visit new born grand niece and nephew in Vancouver, Wa and Ogden, Ut respectively.  Included are visits to Glacier and Crater Lake National Parks among others.  Let me know what needs you have and how I can be of service.  My camera equipment is high end professional.  Assignments are always appreciated.  We can write also.

Instant Portraits at Cathedral Mother/Son Dance

Here are some portraits from last nights Cathedral HS Mother/Son Dance at Quiet Cannon Event Center in Montebello, Ca. Each couple got a 5×7 (best pose selected by wife Angie) and 2 wallets of each pose. All kinds of poses used. We set up a complete studio, in this case 3 light setup, at events. Additional portraits can be purchased at the event. Couples went home with their portraits. We can do 8×10’s at events also.
Special offer good for events through August 2018.  1-5×7 (best pose) and 1 wallet each of 4 other poses (4 wallets total) printed on 8×10 paper, suitable for framing.  $45 value for $15/attendee on a prepaid basis for all attendees $750 or 50 person minimum commitment.  Call for details.
6 Photos – View album

High Dynamic Range Photo

I photographed this scene a couple of weeks ago at corner of McBean Pkwy and Newhall Ranch Rd.  Using Photomatix software I created these two images from the 1st Original Image.  Because I shot RAW there is detail in the dark areas that I can extrapolate.  When creating HDR images it is better to take multiple images at different exposures than what I did creating additional exposures from 1 image, one lighter and one darker than the original.

Original Image

What to do in Retirement?

I am at the retirement age of 67.  Have I retired from photography? NO.  The past 3 years I have contemplated it.  Business is such now that we’re making money and also have the time to travel.  It’s working well.

Recently I have been getting email posts from Great Escape Publishing regarding making money publishing travel articles for all types of publications.  Being a contributing photographer to REFEREE Magazine I have some knowledge of this opportunity.  Publications get their material from people who market themselves, have an interest in the subject matter and other sources.

Being a professional photographer is a large selling point for publications.  My wife and I travel quite a bit, on cruises, tours, road trips etc.  We may contemplate an RV lifestyle. I am sure between us we could produce interesting articles, with photos, publications will want.

In 1989 after some solicitation Motorhome Magazine contacted me about photos of Kolob Canyons, a section of Zion National Park not accessible from the main park but the entrance is about 50′ off Interstate 15.  We took the trip in August with a broken down air conditioning unit, broke in Newhall, on the way out.  I photographed Kolob Canyons with medium format (6x45mm) transparency (slide) film.  I was paid $500 for the effort.

This is something interesting to me and looks like my wife may be in on it too.  On road trips we’ll take the dogs and maybe mother-in-law (97 years old).  We look to travel this summer to Ogden, Ut to visit nephew, wife and new son to be born in April.  Then we’ll head on to Glacier National Park.  We’ll return by way of Vancouver, Wa to visit a niece, her husband, and new born daughter.

Here are some photos from our 2017 trips.

Bob Messina

Upper Yosemite Falls

Near Happy Isles

Photo Editing

Base Umpire Made Sharp

These are two of many images taken last Saturday at College of the Canyons. I took another (sharp) image of the base umpire and implanted over the out-of-focus image in these photos submitted to REFEREE MAGAZINE.

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