Patient Bride Award

And the BrideChilla* award goes to Nicole for maintaining epic levels of super-cool when certain events precluded her from getting to the chapel on time (nope I’m not gonna give details, just know that it wasn’t her doing).  She was truly amazing in a situation where I almost lost my cool, which, if ya know me, doesn’t happen.  Of course, another patience award goes to Ian since he had no idea why his bride-to-be was 45 minutes late to the wedding!! Even with all that they still managed to meet me at sunrise the next morning for some fun photos on the beach. Love these two and I hope they have many many many happy years together 🙂


Styled Shoot at Envy Lounge

Some styled shoot shenanigans a while back at Envy lounge with Nicole Caldwell and a whole bunch of other talented folks.  My job was camera lighting, schlepping and moral support. Oh, and I got to take a few pix too!

The folks who made this happen:

Photographer: Nicole Caldwell @nicolecaldwellphoto
Coordination:@courtneyhsevents CourtneyHSevents
Venue:@envyloungeoc EnVy Lounge
Floral Design:@ebdfloral Elegant By Design
Lighting: @honoredoccasions
Honored Occasions Entertainment
Flawless Faces Beauty Lounge
Table Linens:@bbjlinenBBJ Linen
Napkins:@gbslinens GBS Linens
Rentals:@bakerpartyBaker Party Rentals
Paper Goods:@darlamariedesignsDarla Marie Designs
Cake:@sweetnsaucyshop Saucy Shop
Bridal gown:@marymebridal Mary Me Bridal

Date Harvest – Rancho Meladuco Date Farm

I recently had the opportunity to photograph date harvesting at the Rancho Meladuco Date Farm.  It was both fun and yummy!  Nothing like a date right off the tree!! I felt like I should pay them for the privilege.  You can buy some from their website or drop by the store on PCH in Newport Beach (info below).  So, here are the photos…

Luis the “palmero”  gearing up for the job.  I’m told that all of his equipment is handmade.  Btw, the portrait of the palmero was made with my 1962 Iskra (KMZ) folding camera on Kodak Ektar 100 for you camera nerds. The rest of the photos are from either my Canonet rangefinder (also on Ektar) or the Canon 5d MkII.

Luis way up in the trees collecting dates. It’s seriously high up but he looks like he’s just chillin’ up there.

And, finally, the literal fruit of his labor.  That’s Ramon helpin’ out with the trays.


Rancho Meladuco Date Farm

The Date Shop @dateshopcalifornia

2700 West Coast Highway, Suite 222
Newport Beach, CA 92663

All photos by me, Kip Roof