Thursday, March 4, 2010

January Highlights!

As promised, here are the highlights from January of this year. Some cool shots!

Early in the month I shot the PAWS 4 Reading program at the Calabasas Library. This is always adorable, even if we have shot it a million times. I still love doing it.

IS 208 PAWS Reading

Nearby, at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center, a dad and his son played a friendly game of basketball in the early afternoon.

IS 101 Ag Wild Art

I shot the Simi High Wrestling team. Wrestling is so hard to shoot. You have to get low, onto the mat, or shoot from very high. They move around, feet are flying at the lens, it's sweaty and hot and gross... but sometimes the photos can be nice, especially if I can light the shots well.

IS 122 Simi Wrestling

Here's another playdate at Brandon's Village, a playground in Calabasas for disabled and normal kids to play together and have a good time in a safe environment.

IS 205 Brandons Village

IS 204 Brandons Village

This was not a planned shoot - I decided to get some wild art, so I stopped by the parks & rec building in Thousand Oaks and photographed a makeup class. Very informative, and the girls were thrilled to be in the paper.

IS 209 TO Wild Art

IS 211 TO Wild Art

I shot a ton of water polo this month! This is in Moorpark.

IS 215 Ag Wpolo

IS 214 Ag Wpolo

Here's a game at Royal High.

IS 225 Royal Wpolo

IS 226 Royal Wpolo

And another, Newbury Park v. Moorpark.

IS 428 NP MP Wpolo

Out in Camarillo, I photographed a dog agility class for the first time. They move so fast, and it's very difficult to get owner and dog in the same frame. But it was challenging and fun.

IS 304 Cam Wild Art

IS 306 Cam Wild Art

Mr. Tom the music man came out to Thousand Oaks this month. What a fun show! The kids really got into playing all his different instruments, singing along, and even dancing!

IS 417 Music Man

IS 418 Music man

Speaking of music, this is the conductor for the Westlake Youth Orchestra, directing his kids at Westminster Presbyterian in Westlake.

IS 403 Conductor

Here are some photographs of people very dear to me. John Grzywacz-Gray, on the right in the first photo, was my professor at Moorpark College for the four years I was in the photo department, taking classes. He is such a wonderful teacher and the most mischievous, sweet, silly man I know.

IS 413 Gallery

IS 414 Gallery

IS 415 Gallery

IS 416 Gallery

Some kids at Arroyo West Elementary (I swear, all the cool things happen at Arroyo West!) decided it would be a nice gesture to collect coins for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. How awesome is that?

IS 434 Haiti Coins

And finally, at the end of January, the big sports complex in Camarillo, Pleasant Valley Fields, finally opened to the public. It's massive! I went to the grand opening celebration.

IS 103 New Fields

IS 102 New Fields

Thanks for reading! Highlights of February are coming soon!

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