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After 6 Months of Shuttling around the Kids and Shopping at CostCo it was Time to Reconnect

Being a dad, a husband and owning my own photography studio require allot juggling and time management. While at and way from the studio, I tend to keep very connected digitally. During the summer months its pretty much non-stop wedding and portrait and blogging time. Add to that, taking the kids clothes shopping, doctors appointments – flu shots – check ups, orthodontist appointments, food shopping, family birthdays, car maintenance, laundry, house cleaning and a myriad of other life chores and oh yeah….running a photography studio, it often leaves little time left to really connect with my wife, my sweetheart and my best friend Connie.

Unexpected Treasures

We both love road trips and traveling in general. I’ve been able to get away with one of my buddies to Yosemite last winter and to Seattle this past March, but because of her work, Connie was not able to get away with me. We love our kids dearly, however sometimes with need US time. Recently we had an opportunity to get away for five days and travel north, up the coast. We chose to explore and enjoy Carmel By the Sea and the Monterey Peninsula. We’ve both been there several times before but haven’t had the chance to spend an extended amount of time there. We found some unexpected treasures in both Carmel by The Sea and Monterey.

The Driving Route / And What I Didn’t Bring

1st Stop – San Luis Obispo

We took our 5 series and packed light driving up the 101 to San Luis Obispo and stayed over night. Enjoying a great dinner at Old Juan’s Cantina in Grover Beach just south of Pismo Beach and SLO. Our favorite Mexican restaurant in the area. The place rocks and makes fantastic Pork Verde (pork in a green chile sauce). We sat at the bar for dinner. Great beer and Tequila selections. The atmosphere is casual and lively, a locals joint. Last time we were up there with Emerson and Claire we stayed at the Holiday Inn Express but it was fully booked so we stayed at a Best Western and got a great rate for the night, only $79! with a continental breakfast.

Since purchasing my iPad a few months ago, it was an easy decision not to take my laptop with me. By doing this I could accomplish a few things.

  1. I could give Connie my undivided attention during the evenings. No on line time = together time.
  2. There would be no image downloading and no image editing on vacation. I also didn’t need to take any hard drives or my Lexar Pro fire wire card readers. I made sure to take 30 gb of CF cards with me. I’m a RAW shooter and taking 32 gb of cards with me is the equivalent to capturing over 2,400 images which I knew I wouldn’t do. This was a conscious decision to lighten up both physically and mentally.
  3. If I needed to get online and send a major email I could do it easily at any Starbucks, they offer free WiFi. I did bring an Apple wireless keyboard with me to pair with the iPad for speedy typing.
  4. The decision not to take me laptop, cut down on the amount of stuff I was carrying with me. Literally less baggage to take with my on vacation.
  5. Anything else business-wise I needed to do on the fly I could accomplish with my iPhone, which I made sure to keep in my pocket most of the time so that I was with Connie and not my iPhone.

The Next Day – Driving through Big Sur

In the morning we woke up early had breakfast and headed off to Route 1 stopping in Moro Bay for some clam chowder for lunch, and drove the gorgeous coast line North through Big Sur. I’ve done this a dozen time in the past but am always visually delighted by this part of California’s coast. We always find something new to see or do along the way. Stopping along the way of course when inspired by something to do some photography. We arrived in Carmel just in time for sunset and enjoyed a bottle or delicious of juice: a nicely oaked Hahn, SLH Estate, Chardonnay from Monterery County along with some freshly baked Pizza. Yummy. Much appreciated after a long drive.

Our favorite place to stay in Carmel is the Cypress Inn. But, due to the Carmel Art & Film festival taking place over our travel weekend, the Cypress was fully booked. So we went with our favorite fall back, Amerca’s Best Value aka Carmel Resort Inn. A five minute car ride from town center or a 15-20 minute walk. A dated but charming bungalow style hotel on Carpenter Street. Their room rates are a whopping $79 & $99 per night. You’ll typically pay three times that anywhere else in Carmel. Unheard of in Carmel. And undoubtedly one of the best kept secrets. I hope i don’t blow it by listing it here.

We owe a great debt of gratitude and thank you to famed actress, animal activist and hotelier Dorris Day. It is because of her that Carmel By The Sea is dog gone crazy and super dog friendly. Ms. Day owns The Cypress Inn in Carmel. It’s Connie and my favorite hotel to stay at when we are in town. The hotel has a doggie menu, at the reception desk a huge clear glass vase is filled with dog biscuits. Luxe beds and a spa menus are available for the Cypress Inn’s guest’s dogs. The lobby is choc filled with dogs large and small. All kinds of different breeds led by their traveling owners. On a recent visit we got comfy in a couch and snuggled by the warmth of the fire place enjoying some live jazz in a small lounge at the Cypress surround by guests and their dogs.

Their is a fantastic bar and restaurant just off the lobby and and the walls are adorned with photographic art and movie posters and memorabilia from Dorris Day’s Hollywood movie days.Many of the attractive tiles embedded in the walls are architect Julia Morgan’s leftovers from her Hearst Castle project.

The Weston Gallery

Carmel is like no other town in California. Home of Clint Eastwood and Robert Redford’s daughter, it has fantastic eateries and restaurants. Posh clothing and home furnishing shops. Top of the line antique shops. And, some of the best art galleries in the nation. To wit: The Weston Gallery, celebrating their 25th Anniversary. I’ve visited the Weston several times and the show on this recent trip was astounding. Iconic photogrpher’s works on exhibit included: Watkins, Adams, Bullock, Cole and Edward Weston, Burnhard and Karsh to name a few. The Weston’s holdings are tremendous, its like enjoying face time with the great photographers or our time in a mini museum with no stanchions.

Below: Just across from Point Lobos on PCH. I’ve past by the rock sanctuary for years and always tried to capture it. This time I spent about 20 min. photographing it. Here are a few frames.

Walking the back streets of Carmel. The Carmel Valley has some cool old funky backdrops. Its farm, vineyard and horse country. At Georis’ restaurant The Cork Screw in Carmel Valley for lunch. We were kind of wines out after a VIP tasting at the amazing Talbott tasting room right next door, so I didn’t care to taste Georis’ wine. Dang it. When I got back to the O.C. my buddy told me that their wines are spectacular. I missed out. But, we did have a great lunch there. The Bernardus Inn where we had lunch some vino and played Croquet. I was up 2 games and gave Connie a huge head start in the 3rd game, but she fumbled on the last goal and I ended up kicking her butt!

Below is a breakfast sign from Belle of Carmel a small all Organic cafe with some of the best (organic espresso roast – Mr. Espresso) coffee I’ve ever had. There breakfast rocks. We traded making portraits of each other. I wish I could convert Connie to a photographer. But she loves being a secret agent for the federal government. The French inspired Georis. These are warm, fresh out of the oven, Apple and Olallieberry pies that we bought at an organic farm in the Salinas valley. Connie and I bought one and ate it, feeding each other scrumptious bites of melt in your mouth deliciousness. We took a side trip to Salinas to visit a weekend farmers market and found ourselves in the middle of a pumpkin field and organic farm. Produce from the farmer’s market at Salinas. A sunset walk in Monterey on Asilomar Beach.

Disconnecting allows me to see and think in new ways.

I’ve got this whole series of geese flying on the Monterey Bay at sunset. As sun sets, the colors in the sky get more intense and reflects off the bay.

P.S. Can’t wait till out next getaway with each other. Our 4th anniversary is coming up in Dec. Travel suggestions welcomed.

P.P.S. While walking down Ocean Ave. I stopped into the Robert Talbott clothing store to ask about the Talbott tasting room in Carmel Valley. The totally styled us out with 4 VIP Tasting Passes! Totally surprised and grinning from ear to ear i was stoked to visit the tasting room. Talbott was one place I really wanted to go, because they make some kick-ass Chardonnay. Connie and I tasted every Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that they had available. About 5 Chards and 5 Pinots. Each one of them were winners. My favorites were the Cuvee Audrey Chardonnay and a single vineyard Talbott Pinot which I can’t remember the name of. Anyway, if you are up there or at a bar or Total Wines, treat yourself to some Talbott juice, it’s delicious.

P.P.P.S. I love dogs! I you’d like to see some of my pet photography I did in Carmel, take a look at this and this.


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Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 800.943.0414…. or email.

A Spectacular Winter Celebration | Nixon Library Wedding

Nixon Library Wedding | Yorba Linda

Alison & David’s wedding at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda was nothing short of spectacular. You can see their engagement images by right here. I love photographing weddings at the Nixon Library and Birth Place in Yorba Linda. Their wedding was an elegant affair with three hundred guests. Alison and David took their vows in San Francisco Solano Catholic Church in Rancho Santa Margarita, same place that she attended catholic school and church as a child.

Gorgeous Details @ The Nixon Library Wedding

Alison’s mother double as the coordinator, which is no small feat when your having a wedding for three hundred. She used to be in the flower business and had a whole crew tending to the wedding day details. nixon library wedding photogapher

A little bit of bling. Check out the beading and crystal work detail on Alison’s gown. David looking all dapper. And Alison doing her final preps before the ceremony. I was able to stay up front a brief while before the church ladies tackled me and cordoned me off to the back of the church. Can you believe it? We’re married! A champagne toast before heading off to The Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace. Some details that make a Presidential backdrop for a Nixon Library wedding.

Nixon Library Wedding Glam! Alison looking totally Hollywood glam. I love her classic, pulled back, curly and sexy hair style. And her choice of using a white fur stole. It matches perfectly and adds an elegant touch.

{below} A quick portrait after their wedding ceremony and just before entering the Nixon Library.
{below} The bridal party photographed on the Nixon Library wedding amphitheatre. The reflecting pool is one of my favorite places on the grounds of the NIxon Library for wedding portraits. In the back ground is the birthplace of Richard Nixon. The stunningly elegant ballroom at the Nixon Library awash in golden up-lights for the wedding grand enternace. Food was s central theme for them. And it rocked! Below is a roasted pear and endive salad and a hint of what’s to come for desert. Yes, there is wedding cake too! The Grand Ballroom at the Nixon Library as if set for a state dinner for 350 people. Beaming during their grand entrance. Emotionally moved during Alison’s father’s speech. David and Alison practiced hard for their first dance in the Nixon Library Grand Ballroom. It looked like they were naturals. {below} Chandeliers sparkle during Alison and David’s first dance as husband and wife at Richard Nixon Library.
Some laughs during a slide show presentation. {below} Grand Ballroom Nixon Library Wedding Dance: Alison’s first dance with her father as a married woman. This was a very cool hand crafted and leather bound engagement album that we created for Alison and David with lots of room for their three hundred guests to each sign and leave a message and well wishes inside for the newlyweds. This has got to be one of the most glorious cakes I have ever seen at a wedding. Leaves of white chocolate encircle the cake held together by crimson ribbon and decorated with fresh raspberries. Guest favors featured Godiva chocolates.

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Getting Ready: Ayres Hotels, Yorba Linda 2550 E. Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806 800.595.5692
Cerermony: San Fancisco Solano Catholic Church, 23652 Antonio Pkwy., Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Reception: The Nixon Library and Birth Place 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, Ca 92886 714.993.5075

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For Orange County wedding photography, Los Angeles wedding photography, Orange County wedding photojournalism, Southern California wedding photography, call Marc at 800.943.0414 to reserve a date and ask any questions that you may have concerning my services. I am an Orange County and Los Angeles wedding photographer.

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 800.943.0414…. or email.

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Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 800.943.0414…. or email.

Lisa & Earl Wanted to Throw a Big Party for their Close Friends & Family

Lisa & Earl are a bit avante guard. They modernized the idea of a traditional wedding. No grand entrance, not first or father daughter, mother son dances, not garter toss, not even a wedding cake. Earl danced down the isle and then he and his guys broke out into an acappella gospel song.

Just a Simple Sunday Wedding Sunday Brunch

Lisa and Earl just wanted to have a big weekend brunch party with their close friends and family and they pulled it off gracefully. Having a non-traditional wedding gave them some options typically not available to a formal affair. A the top of their agenda was photography that was a bit different and non-traditional.

  1. Lisa & Earl had over an hour of quality time to for their “couples” photography.
  2. There was over an hour to photograph Lisa, Earl and their kids.
  3. Plenty of time to mingle with friends and family.
  4. Absolutely no set agenda to follow.

Off to the images…….

Lisa’s father is a third generation stone mason and part American Indian. I took a picture of the wall where Lisa & Earl were wed and used it as a texture in some of the photographs that follow including the one below of Lisa’s dad. The guys singing acappella gospel. Just having some fun blowing bubbles. Lisa’s daughter was having a moment. Not sure what it was but something emotional. Lisa’s father and I were talking about these stone buildings and he told me that they were warehouses built around the turn of the century and were due to be razed soon. A perfect backdrop for their portrait session. I love the simple lines of Lisa’s dress and the way the fabric hugs her body. Lisa was super proud of her physique and wanted to show it off. Her house is on an acre plus and she’d been raking lots of leaves and developed some sexy lats and lots of arm muscles too. Below: One of my favorite images from the day.

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For Orange County wedding photography, Los Angeles wedding photography, Orange County wedding photojournalism, Southern California wedding photography, call Marc at 800.943.0414 to reserve a date and ask any questions that you may have concerning my services. I am an Orange County and Los Angeles wedding photographer.

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 800.943.0414…. or email.

Newport Beach | Newborn & Family Portrait Photographer

It was so cool running into Erin at my son’s school where she is Vice Principal. The world truly is a small place. I photographed Erin & Travis’s wedding on 04.14.07 at Dana Point’s Ocean Institute. She was a gorgeous bride then and a beautiful wife and mom now. When I saw Erin she was way pregnant and due to give birth soon to her second child. Xavier is their first boy. His sister Lillian is two and half years old. She’ll make an appearance on the blog in the near future.

Gorgeous Newborn Portraits

I was due to photograph gorgeous newborn baby Xavier last week when I got back from our trip to Carmel By the Sea. A monster post is coming up from that trip. But I had to postpone his shoot from last week to this week, because I had a brain orgasm and needed to buy some new newborn photographic props from his shoot. Since I just photographed Xavier’s session yesterday at 12 noon and automatically fell in love with his good looks, I just couldn’t wait to post his portraits.

P.S. Too often, parents either totally overlook their baby’s newborn portraits or simply put it off promising themselves that they’ll do it later only to never get to it. Trust me, the portraits that we create for you will fill you with an abundance of joy and bring wonderment to your children as they grow older, because they will literally be able to look back in time and see how they looked when they were a newborn.

P.P.S. No one has ever told me, after looking at their beautiful baby’s newborn portraits: Marc, I really should have waited. In fact its the total opposite. More like: “Awe!” “Ohhh!” “She’s so beautiful.” “Look honey he looks so cute.” And…”I can’t wait to hang that one in their nursery.”

P.P.P.S. Ask any of the mom’s who take their newborns to my studio. I always take my time when photographing their precious little one’s portraits. Often it takes a while till they settle down and sleep. It takes patience to create these images and it is so worth it!

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For Orange County newborn photography, Orange County family portrait photography, Orange County portrait photojournalism, Southern California portrait photography, call Marc at 800.943.0414 to reserve a date and ask any questions that you may have concerning my services. I am an Orange County and Los Angeles portrait photographer.

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 800.943.0414…. or email.

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