Berlin in Temecula

Last Friday I had the chance to photograph a concert by the famed 70’s-80’s group Berlin. If you’ve seen the movie Top Gun then you know the song that (I think) they are most famous for, “Take My Breath Away”.

DSC_0579  Well they sure did take my breath away. It was a really awesome concert!  Enjoy a few shots from the evening and if you want to check out the full gallery click here.

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A special thanks to Wiens Family Cellars for giving me this opportunity; to the Forty Nineteens for being such a wonderful support act; to sponsors such as Paradise of Temecula and Golden Crown Productions for making it all possible!

Finally, let us not forget what we were really there for – to support the charity Hospice of the Valleys.  It was a successful evening of entertainment!

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Now… where is my Top Gun DVD!!!

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I love Night Time Wedding Shots!

There is something so glamorous and slightly mysterious about night time wedding pictures. There are a couple of challenges in getting it done right. The first is inter-personal. You usually have to extract the couple from the dance floor in the heat of the reception frenzy. That can be fun!!DSC_6555

The second is technical. Balancing your artificial lights with the ambient light takes work, practice, and experience. The results can be so worthwhile though! What do you think?

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Callaway Winery Styled Shoot

This was such fun. Who wouldn’t want to have a cigar and a scotch in the grounds of a lovely winery such as Callaway?

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Special thanks to all who made this shoot possible!

Bride: Samantha Hart Miss American Beauty 2014

Makeup Artist: Desperately Seeking Sueann featuring Sueann Henge Garzon 

Furniture Rentals: Royalty Ranch Furniture Rentals by Coyla Angeloff 

Bridal wear by Elyse Reuben Custom Couture by Jaime Stephens

Grooms Attire: Friar Tux, with Scott Kiralla

Accessories: Sandra Buczek of Sandra Nicole Designs 

Paper Villa Stationary by Erika Beach 

Floral: A Sweet Company by Amanda Sweet

and of course Sara and Lisa at Callaway!

Guest Blog Monday – Caileigh Scott

It gives me huge pleasure to introduce something that I have wanted to do for a long time – a Guest Blog feature!

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As a little girl growing up on New York City’s Upper West Side, I would dream of being a part of the New York City Ballet, and performing at the majestic Lincoln Center. Though I did and still do dance, I segued away from that in my adolescence to focus on an acting career. I moved to LA for awhile, and while I moved on from my dream to dance at Lincoln Center, upon my return to New York its beauty still captivates me. I walk by it almost nightly, and often stop at the fountain to make a wish, or walk through the plaza just because it’s magical.

Last week, I received a call about being a dancer in a big finale performance at a star-studded gala. It’s been awhile since I’ve sung and danced at the same time. It’s a little like patting your head and rubbing your belly. However, the second part of the gig was revealed – it would occur at Avery Fisher Hall, at Lincoln Center. It was a benefit for Paul Newman’s SeriousFUN Children’s Network, and would involve performances and appearances by Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Carole King, and Natalie Cole. SeriousFUN is a network of camps (formerly Hole in the Wall) that provide an uplifting experience, for free, to children with serious illnesses. Talk about once in a lifetime, I had to jump at the opportunity.

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On Sunday afternoon, I walked through a delicate snowfall to our one and only rehearsal. It was an absolute honor to walk through the stage door entrance at Avery Fisher Hall, winding through the halls on my way to the green room. We soon started to rehearse vocals, the chorus of Aloe Blacc’s “Wake Me Up,” and we were joined by the evening’s musical director, famed Broadway MD Mary-Mitchell Campbell (Big Fish, The Addams Family). Once we had worked through our harmonies and riffs, it was time to learn some dance moves. Josh Rhodes, Broadway choreographer (Cinderella, The Drowsy Chaperone, Chicago) was in charge of getting our collective acts together. He ran us through some very fun punch choreography, and once we mastered that, we started marrying movement and vocals.

performanceFinally, it was time to rehearse our entrance and exit timing, and run the choreo in the space. That meant entering a near-empty Avery Fisher Hall, in all its splendor, to rehearse. What an utter joy. We spent about half an hour in the theatre itself before being released to an after-party of sorts, hors d’oeuvres and drinks to bond and celebrate the job and the charity.

I ran through the dance a few times in my living room on Sunday evening, and then made my friends at the acting studio I work at watch me rehearse my dance a few more times the following day. After work I walked from the Theatre District, where the studio is, the mile up to Lincoln Center. I had the privilege of entering through the Avery Fisher Hall stage door once more, through the backstage maze to the green room, where we got to indulge in some delicious food and watch the gala in real time on monitors. We had a quick pow-wow with our dance captain, Megan, finalizing a few cues and getting a surprise – some of us would have tambourines. Let’s be clear, I’m not greatly skilled at handling props, so of course I ended up being bestowed a tambourine to work with. Since we had mostly punch choreo it was a brilliant idea and worked very well, but it added to the nerves a little bit, since it was one more thing to not mess up.

As we waited in the wings, prepared to perform, we got to listen to Carole King sing live, which was pretty powerful. Then suddenly it was our cue, and it was all a beautiful blur. We came, we danced, we conquered. It was the most fun I’ve had performing in a long time, and as an added bonus, some of the biggest names in Hollywood were dancing and clapping right along with us, as were the young campers. We danced out of the theatre as quickly as we came in, back through the maze to the green room to collect our things and say goodbye. As we headed out the stage door, the barricades were set up, and paparazzi and fans waited eagerly for the celebrities to leave. It was a bit of a surreal experience to be on the other side of that, hopefully just a glimmer of things to come.

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Catch more from Caileigh  at www.caileighscott.com/

All photographs used in the post are copyright Caileigh Scott

Wedding Fashions: Gowns!

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It does not take much for that little fashion-y maven in my to come out. I have been reposting a ton of images from Strictly Weddings on my Facebook page just recently.

I really love the stories they post, gorgeous venus fabulous event creation and, of course, stunning gowns. Just recently I have been obsessed by one designer in particular. Note, the images I am about to post ARE NOT MINE and they should link back to the designer web site!

Also note… I WOULD REALLY LOVE TO SHOOT WITH THESE GOWNS!

The designer is Galia Lahav and take a look at their web site. Stunningly beautiful dresses like this one below!

http://www.galialahav.com/wedding/the-st-tropez-cruise-collection/pearl/

Seriously, is this not a gorgeous, beautiful gown! How about this one?

http://www.galialahav.com/wedding/la-dolce-vita/tullia/

Or this??

http://www.galialahav.com/wedding/the-empress-collection/zoe/

I love that there are designers out there doing this kind of work. A woman’s wedding gown should be a fantasy, beyond fantasy. She already looks radiant; it is her wedding day. To be radiant and to be looking stunning in a fantastically sexy and amazing gown…. well it makes my job a LOT easier!

Now… PLEASE can I work with your gowns…. please!!! 🙂

Belgium GP Wrap Up and Italian GP Preview

Wow, interesting race! Sadly not for the right reasons however it was a brilliant drive from Danny and that tussle for 5th,6th,7th and 8th was pretty impressive! That harked back to the good old days of actual racing!

Mercedes has a real problem on its hands. I kinda think that much of this goes back to Monaco, if not earlier than that. I feel that Rosberg deliberately “lost it” at the Mirabeau as he knew that session would be yellow flagged, Hamilton was behind and faster and, well that was that.

That whole situation in Monaco was dealt with strangely by the stewards also. If, as was reported as we did not see it on tv, he reversed back onto the track he should have had his time removed and sent to the back of the grid. Nigel Mansell was dealt with very harshly for reversing in the pit lane in his Ferrari some years ago for exactly that crime and he was in the pit lane not the actual track! Still over the years Formula 1 stewards have proven to be not exactly consistent!

The condemnation from Wolff and from Lauda was pretty immediate and scathing! I am wondering how the subsequent denials fines (?) and other miscellaneous comments are going to play on both drivers minds for the upcoming Italian GP.

So speaking of said Italian GP, what will happen! Since I didn’t exactly get the result right in Belgium, okay there was a Merc on the podium and Bottas did finish where I thought he would so, I am claiming 66% for that result lol, what should we expect in Monza?

At first look you would think that Williams will be very strong in Monza but I am a little concerned about their tyre wear. They will have massive speed but there are those pesky chicanes and the Parabolica. They are very likely to stress everyones tyres hard!

I would just automatically assume that a Merc is likely to win, but that was before Belgium. One can only wonder at what is going through Lewis Hamilton’s mind right now. Also what would Nico be thinking. Both of them will be under a microscope like never before at this race. Journo’s will be constantly asking both about The Incident.

Lewis needs to get his qualifying sorted out. He’s been either unlucky or sloppy for the last 4 races. Nico should be feeling confident as he’s handled Lewis in quali pretty well just recently but I have to say that if anyone is going to mentally crack, my money would be on Nico. It could be argued that after Monaco and Belgium he already is cracking…..

My guess, Lewis on pole, Nico second. I have not mentioned Red Bull yet. I have a feeling they will be running their Belgium non-rear wing again and I think Vettel will be third, Bottas forth and Alonso in his customary fifth. I think it is a coin toss as to whether Ricciardo or Raikkonen will be sixth. I suspect that the McLaren duo will be in the top 10 and Massa might round in there too. That leaves a place left and it could easily go to Kvyat. He and Bottas have been real revelations this year.

The race……

Lets see how my quali predictions go!

Formula 1: Belgium Grand Prix

So this isn’t photography related, well not much but….. I’ll let you in to a secret!

I am a HUGE motor sports fan. It started in 1976 (oh gees, I kinda hated writing that) and it has lasted to this day. My hook into the sport was the tussle between Hunt and Lauda that year, since memorialized in Ron Howard’s excellent movie Rush, and to this day I watch Formula 1 religiously. Ask my wife!

I confess that I miss what for me are the glory days back in the 80’s when 1.5l turbo engines were throwing out up to 1,300bhp and rear tyres (yes I am a Brit so for now they are TYRES LOL) had to be bolted to the rims otherwise the tyre would spin around the rim and let all the air out. Whoops!

There have been many changes since then and I don’t think many of them have been for the best. I realize that safety had to be an issue after Formula 1 managed to kill arguably it’s most iconic champion, Ayrton Senna.

Predictions for Spa? Okay I guess it won’t be a shock to say that I am sure a Mercedes will win. Which one? I feel that Lewis Hamilton wants it more than Rosberg. Don’t mention Monaco!

Best of the rest, Williams. I have a fondness for Williams that goes back to the early 80’s when Alan Jones drove for Frank’s team. Loved how outspoken he was! Good to see that Ferrari are looking better and also McLaren.

Lets hope that it is a good race! In the meantime, below is a pic of Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari, official practice for the British GP in 2005 (I think!) Enjoy!

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