Apr 5, 2012

Here are some images from a conference we shot a few weeks ago for one of the leading 3D CAD Design Software companies, SolidWorks.  We’ve photographed their annual conference every year for the past 4 years, and we love shooting their events because they always have really interesting keynote speakers and they really know how to throw a party. This year’s event was in our hometown at the San Diego Convention Center. Below are some of the keynote speakers, one being Tony Fadell, who created the first versions of the iPod and iPhone. He actually invented the Mp3 player. He just recently started a company called Nest that created and sells a new kind of thermostat for the home. The other speaker shown below is Mike Rowe, of Dirty Jobs, a show on the Discovery Channel. It’s really exciting to be around the people who design and create the products that makes our lives easier…Another big part of the conference is the parties! The company makes sure that their attendees have a good time, as you can see below. This year, they rented out two blocks of the Gaslamp Quarter for a block party that all of the restaurants on those blocks participated in.  There was an awesome band, in photo above (The Trip), a few food trucks, belly dancers and Indian food, Spanish guitar, sangria and paella, burgers and beers, and just lots of fun. On the last day of the event, the event planning team, who has known us for a few years now, asked us to bring our little guy, Dylan by the Convention Center. So, Dylan, had a little tour of our workplace for the week… Such a fun week that was! Below is a shot of the attendees rushing the hall on the first day.

Mike Rowe, of the Discovery Channel Show ‘Dirty Jobs.’

Tony Fadell, designer of the first Mp3 player and iPod/iPhone and CEO of Nest.The attendees rushing the block party.Awesome DJ, Mike White, getting everyone ready to party.Dylan checking out the new Robot that was designed with Solidworks Software. This robot talks, dances, answers questions, and even does tai chi.

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Mar 25, 2012

Some behind the scenes, unexpected shots from a recent event at the San Diego Convention CenterRick has a gift for spotting that one person in a crowd that is having a visibly emotional experience and capturing it, like in the image below.Ronald McDonald made an appearance at the event to accept a donation on behalf of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. After matching donations made by conference attendees, ACN wrote a check for over $100,000 to the charity. The attendees were pretty psyched to be there!A little kid at the event break-dancing. Pretty awesome!

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Jan 24, 2012

There is something just so beautiful about ritual. Tradition, gesture, language, symbolism, contemplation and reflection, song, and the whole community aspect.  I am just fascinated by ritual, and we both feel so honored to be invited into these sacred spaces to document them.  Rick and I had never been to a Bat Mitzvah, and being able to document it with fresh eyes was really nice because we were able to experience it and document, simultaneously. The rituals in the Bat Mitzvah ceremony were all very old and beautiful, and we were so impressed with Lucie’s poise and grace as she read or sang in Hebrew.  It was really cool to see the pride in Lucie’s parents’ faces during it all, too!  I really wish we had been able to experience some sort of spiritual/cultural ritual to celebrate our own transitions out of childhood.  It’s such a paramount transition in your life.  It really should be marked with a ritual.  Nonetheless, we were honored to be able to be thereto document this ceremony, and the party in Fort Collins was so fun! Again, what I would have given to have had a party like that as a teenager!  Being at the party brought back so much nostalgia for those middle school years… so much fun and excitement! Congratulations to Lucie!

Ceremony  |  Ohr Shalom Synagogue, San Diego

Party  |  Fort Collins Country Club

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Feb 27, 2011

While we were in San Antonio photographing a conference, we got to photograph some legit bull riding. Photographically, it was quite the challenge. The lighting was really low and the bulls and cowboys were moving very fast.  Also, most guys got kicked off the bull between 1-5 seconds. So, I busted out our trustee 50 mm lens after having to elbow people to get into my lens bag…the 1.4 aperture is like a life preserver for low light situations.  Once the bull entered the arena, I waited until they bucked out of the shadows and into the light (if they made it that far).  Once they were in the spotlight, I fired away.  Meanwhile, Rick was on the ground working the rough lighting by getting some sweet silhouettes of the cowboys.  We love a good challenge! It makes it all the more rewarding when you get it. And now we feel like we’ve really been to Texas.

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Feb 23, 2011

So, we can now say that we are connected to Kevin Bacon by one degree! (for those of you that are familiar with the trivia game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.”)  We recently had the privilage of photographing his and his brothers band, The Bacon Brothers. Michael Bacon, a well known composer for film and television, and Kevin started playing together as kids and started their band about 15 years ago. With Kevin on vocals, percussion, guitar and harmonica and Michael on lead guitar and vocals, they’ve got some folk/country/rock going on. Kevin’s also got some great expressions and stellar stage presence, surely due to acting background.  We love photographing artists of any kind and are especially fond of being able to rock out and shoot at the same time.

At the show, we also learned that being the good sport that he is and putting the joke made at his expense to a practical use,  Kevin started a non-profit called Six Degrees. It’s pretty cool. It’s basically a catalog or menu for charity work.  You can look up any issue that speaks to you, and Six Degrees will connect you with NGO’s/non-profits that are working effectively on that particular issue. Check it out.

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  1. melisa

    March 6th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I recently had the chance to see these guys live on the East Coast and it was unforgettable. Had no idea of what to expect and WOW! what a band. Fun, challenging, haunting, and “just gotta dance” tunes kept the sold out concert tapping their toes and swinging to the beat for near 2 hours. Highly recommend with 2 thumbs up!

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