Monday, December 31, 2007

Triple Scoop Music

One of the challenges of putting up a website is trying to figure out what music to use and where to get a good selection that is "royalty free".  I was introduced to Triple Scoop Music at Photo Plus Expo in New York last November and purchased a credit for 3 songs.  They have an amazing selection and i tried to tackle their immense library of music a few times since but they have so much it was hard to pick from.  A few days ago i got an e-mail reminding me of the December 31st deadline to pick my songs if not i would incur a $50 fee (more than i paid for one song at the expo discount).  With the help of my friend Jen i was able to narrow it down and make my selections.  Thanks Jen.  Here is my favorite three songs.

Recline by Will Thomas
Mission by Will Thomas
When it Rains by Nard Berings

Sunday, December 30, 2007

New Baggage Limit to Lithium Batteries in 2008

Some interesting news i learned about and copied here from The Digital Story Blog & Chase Jarvis Blog.

As of Jan. 1, 2008 on U.S. flights, if you pack a spare Li-Ion battery in your carry-on luggage, it has to be in a plastic bag or in the original packaging. Here's the verbiage from the Department of Transportation.

Passengers will no longer be able to pack loose lithium batteries in checked luggage beginning January 1, 2008 once new federal safety rules take effect. The new regulation, designed to reduce the risk of lithium battery fires, will continue to allow lithium batteries in checked baggage if they are installed in electronic devices, or in carry-on baggage if stored in plastic bags. Common consumer electronics such as travel cameras, cell phones, and most laptop computers are still allowed in carry-on and checked luggage. However, the rule limits individuals to bringing only two extended-life spare rechargeable lithium batteries*, such as laptop and professional audio/video/camera equipment lithium batteries in carry-on baggage...

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Back to the Gym

Thought i would get a jump start on my New Year's resolutions and get back on track to working out.  I signed up earlier this month to do the Wildflower Triathlon Olympic Distance in May.   The Olympic Distance entails a 1.5k swim, a 40k bike, and a 10k run.  I completed it two years ago in 3:08 and my goal this coming year is to come in under 3hrs.  

Drove down to the Warren Gym for a quick 30 minute run on the treadmill before having to pick up my Uncle at the train station.  Listened to Part II of Me Rah Koh's (a talented Seattle, WA Wedding & Portrait Photographer) interview by Ron Dawson on his new Blog F-Stop Beyond on my iPod.  Ron runs a film & video production company that works closely with the wedding industry.  I had the opportunity to introduce myself and thank Ron at this years Photo Plus Expo in NY for the wonderful interviews he has been sharing with us in his new blog.
Finished in 3:08, 1st Olympic Distance

Friday, December 28, 2007

My Nephew is Not a Happy Kid...

Quite the contrary.  Mr. Luisito (Luis Gustavo) seems to always be in a good mood.  Here he is just having a ball with his own reflection at a store at the Short Hills Mall in New Jersey.  See video and images below.


Thursday, December 27, 2007

Enjoying the After Christmas Sales

My Nephew Luisito (Luis Gustavo) has become a very talented shopper.  Here you see his excitement for the after Christmas sales at GAP Kids.

Ready to Roll!
What do we have here?
What do you think of these deals Uncle?
How do i look?

Saturday, December 22, 2007

In Flight Movie-The Ultimate Gift

Watched a beautiful movie on the plane flight from San Francisco, CA to Newark, NJ last night starring Abigail Breslin from one of my favorite movies "Little Miss Sunshine", Brian Dennehy, James Garner, Bill Cobbs, & Drew Fuller.  It was called "The Ultimate Gift".  Just looked it up online and looks like the author Jim Stovall has a pretty amazing story of his own.

Jim Stovall is a blind man who sees what really matters. After years of reaching out to diverse audiences with his own remarkable history, he turned deep inside. Right to the heart of the values – or ‘gifts’ – that rest within us all, and the magical transformations that begin once we start to recognize and share these 12 treasures. The universal yet profound insights of his book became the keys that continue to unlock incredible new hope, joy and meaning for individuals, families, schools and public-service organizations throughout the world. 

Jim Stovall has overcome blindness to become a national champion Olympic weightlifter, a successful investment broker, entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. He is co-founder and president of the Narrative Television Network, which makes movies and television accessible for our nation’s 13 million blind and visually impaired people and their families.

This movie was based on a book that Jim wrote.
A best-selling story that just keeps giving... now as an award-winning film!

When his wealthy grandfather dies, trust fund baby Jason Stevens anticipates a big inheritance. Instead, his grandfather has devised a crash course on life with twelve tasks – or “gifts” – designed to challenge Jason in improbable ways, sending him on a journey of self-discovery and forcing him to determine what is really most important in life.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas & New Year's Vacation

Taking the Red Eye flight on United from San Francisco to New Jersey tonight where i will be visiting my parents for Christmas and New Year's.  My sister Larissa, my nephew Luisito (Luis Gustavo), and my Brother-in-Law will also be joining us from Kansas and my Uncle Ricardo and his family will be flying up from Miami.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Tony Robbin's "Date with Destiny" Seminar

Just got back from an amazing six day experience in which i was able to share with my Mom in Phoenix, AZ.


Sunday, November 25, 2007

Flying Portrait Sessions

Had a blast today shooting some images for my Sister's Christmas card in Kansas City right before i got on a plane back to California.  I got inspired by an image i saw on a blog (can't remember for the life of me where) of a child being thrown in the air by his/her father.  Here is my interpretation.  Enjoy.





Their final Christmas Card image.


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thanksgiving Images of Luisito


Found the perfect model to try out my new Canon 5D. My nephew Luis Gustavo. What do you think of his new outfit that i got him? Can't wait til he is old enough so i can give him a ride on my Harley.

Click HERE to see album slideshow.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Jennifer & Cody Lyons Weddign in Monterey

I drove down to Monterey, CA to Second Shoot for friend and photographer Patrice Ward.  Jennifer and Cody had a beautiful wedding on the beach.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

PDN Photo Plus Expo in NYC

Meeting the famous, great conversations, wonderful talks, tons of products to dream about like the new Caon lens and teh new Mark 3

met jessica claire of shoot sac founder and photographic fame
got an opportunity to talk to 


Friday, October 5, 2007

Shooting with Jennifer Muntz in San Diego


Spent the afternoon with my good friend and photography partner Jennifer Muntz of Jennifer Muntz Photography. Jen is also a wedding photographer and is based in Phoenix, AZ.  We were both in San Diego for work attending the IDSA conference and had a few hours to kill before our scheduled dinners and she needed some images for her My Story section. Here is an image i caught of her on a fun checkered bench.

Click HERE for the full slideshow.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Berkeley Rocks: Building with Nature

This evening i drove down to Berkeley to listen to Jonathan Chester present his new book Berkeley Rocks: Building with Nature.  Jonathan is a very talented photographer who does a lot of work in the extremes like Antartica.  He is well know for his images of penguins, much so that his images were used as a backdrop in the animated film Happy Feet.  I had seen Jonathan at an REI talk a few months back.  I then learned about his other book The Young Adventurer's Guide to Everest: From Avalanche to Zopkio which i later used to make a presentation to a Boy Scout Troop on climbing Mt Everest.  I finally got to meet and chat with Jonathan when he also attended the PDN on the Road Seminar in San Francisco where he told me about his talk and his move to Kansas.

Tonight he spoke about his new book Berkeley Rocks: Building with Nature.  It is basically a book of images where people in the Berkeley Hills have incorporated the architecture of their homes into the natural environment.  From small to house size boulders Jonathan was able to share his photographic survey of these architectural treasures as they stretched through the landscape of Berkeley.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Gustavo's Blog

The blog.  This is the story in my new venture into Wedding Photography.  I currently work full time in Pharmaceutical Sales at Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals, a Johnson & Johnson Company. I have been working in Pharmaceutical Sales since i left the University of Kansas 9 years ago.  The goal is to get rid of the corporate shackles in a a little over a year.  To do that i am working on a Bachelor's in Fine Art Photography at the Academy of Art University through their online program.  I am part of the Second Degree program since i already have a bachelor's degree.  I am taking two online courses a semester while assisting several wedding photographers in the San Francisco Bay Area and living vicariously through the many inspirational photographer's blogs.  This will be the portal for me to share the good, the bad, and all the fun i will be having in this new endeavor.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

The Beginning

Well, here it goes.  Ever since attending the PDN on the Road Seminar in San Francisco, CA i realized that the wedding photography industry was the right track for me.  I guess being a Libra helps, as my astrologer says "Libra's are in Love with Love".  After second shooting a wedding in April with photographer Patrice Ward in Long Beach, CA i was hooked.  Then after meeting Joe Buissink, Jose Villa, and Michelle Walker at the PDN seminar there was no turning back. I have also been drawn to the Wedding community because everybody i meet in it is extremely open and sharing and is always willing to share their story.