Welcome to my "Musings Blog" where you will learn all about my new adventures in photography!
I've been working hard on getting another site new.susannevesphotography.com up and running and still have a few kinks to work out, but hope you will take a look and take advantage of the 15% off your first purchase!!! It will be devoted to California trees in the landscape of the mountains and deserts.
So also, have been getting ready to show my photography again at the Circle of Art Show in Borrego Springs.
We'll be camping at the Anza Borrego State campground, so looking forward to the profusion of wildflower photo-ops due to our heavy rains!
Untill I can get shots of the Anza Borrego state park flora and terrain, the photos I have from the Mojave Desert, Death Valley and Antelope Valley will have to do :)
This is a favorite of mine of Joshua Trees in Snow, taken recently on Walker Pass, after one of our snow storms!
This one, a field of wildflowers in Death Valley, recently sold to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for their annual auction!
The poppies were especially spectacular last year in Antelope Valley's poppy preserve.
After we leave Anza Borrego State Park, we will stay at Joshua Tree National Park, where I captured this yucca! I'm really looking forward to being there for sunrise and sunset shots as well.
Be sure to check out my other site new.susannevesphotography and keep coming back for more news and photos!
At the recent car show I attended in Kernville, California, I gave away a Vehicle Photo Shoot as a raffle prize. The winner requested a "Family Shoot" instead! I wasn't prepared to shoot portraits of people, but agreed to it anyway since they live outside of California and would only be in town till Monday. Also, they really wanted shots by the "Kern River". By not being prepared, I mean I did not bring any lighting, i.e., flash or reflector and didn't have my "go to" brand new 85mm 1.8 portrait lens! The show ended that day, so we agreed to meet the next day, in the afternoon. This shoot included her husband, baby, and mother and father. The father was quite a ham and immediately started posing for me :)
We had a good time finding just the right light and not including the people playing in the river!
It just goes to show, "The Customer is Always Right", and you have to be flexible! I don't think I will go to a show again without my lighting gear and 1.8 lens, just in case a family shoot comes up!
Gorgeous weather, beautiful surroundings, and a loving family make for perfect family shoot conditions to commemorate the babys 3 month birthday.
It's not always easy to get the attention of a toddler during a shoot, but once in a while you get lucky!! I was "thankful"!
While the 3 year old was amusing himself away from us, I was able to capture Mom and Dad and his new baby brother.
Sometimes there is a little gem that is tucked into a valley not too far from home. That's what the Native Springs Oasis is, located in Weldon, California. I had the pleasure of providing a photo shoot to showcase their accommodations and surrounding landscape details.
The surrounding area in Weldon on the Kelso Valley Road and West toward Lake Isabella, had recently suffered a horrific fire, burning several hundred acres and homes. Fortunately the Oasis had only suffered landscape damage and none to the buildings.
The Native Springs Oasis provides welcoming and comfortable rooms with a full bath as shown below.
Or, if you are feeling especially adventurous, you can stay in an authentic teepee, a covered gazebo, or a shift pod! Each of the units will comfortably sleep more than one person.
Photo below: the inside of one of the teepees.
Photo below: the inside of the Covered Gazebo, also comfortably sleeps more than one.
Photo below: the inside of the Shiftpod; rather "alien" like, but extremely effective in heat or cold, as I was told.
The surrounding grounds are beautifully naturally landscaped, complete with a pond, trees, and reeds which is a perfect backdrop for portraits, family reunions, weddings, or any large gathering.
Oh boy, precious new little one! I really was looking forward to "playing" and "posing" him while he slept. Mom had him fed to the max, so hoped he would be sleepy and flexible, but no, he had other ideas, and wanted to "see" what was going on!! So Mom wrapped him in a cozy blanket and we started. (click on the images to go to the gallery)
Little brother enjoyed getting in on the shoot.
I had brought a few props; fluffy wraps, a country crate, and basket, hoping for some "sleepy poses". Uh, uh. He was open eyes for it all!
This is a great family, with loads of love for these children, and I think it shows!