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Diana and the Dolphins

Newport Beach, California
I’m catching up on some personal photos today. Back in January, Michael and I went on a whale watching tour that sailed off of Balboa Island. Although we didn’t see any whales, we did see lots of dolphins.

These photos were taken with my Diana lens, which you may remember from my hiking photos. The Diana creates soft, dream-like photos with hazy colors and the photos below do not have any Photoshop special effects. I did crop the photos into a square to keep the look more authentic as the original Diana camera took square pictures.

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Here’s the view from the bay as we start our adventure.

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We glide past the sailboats.

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In the distance there’s a dolphin!

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How many dolphins can you find in this photo?

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Everyone rushes over to one side of the boat to see the dolphins. I’m surprised the boat doesn’t tip over.

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I stay on the other side so I can take as many photos as I’d like without jamming myself between the other passengers.

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We turn around and the dolphins swim on their merry way.

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A couple of seagulls follow us back.

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What a fun trip! If you’re looking for a day-trip check out Davey’s Locker. Stay tuned for Dolphin Photos Part II coming tomorrow.

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A Downtown Engagement

Los Angeles, California
Downtown L.A. is a great place for an engagement portrait session and the perfect backdrop to photograph the lovely urbanites C.C. and her fiance Adrian.

The couple met when Adrian came to L.A. on tour from Australia. After dating long loooong distance, he made the move to California and now they’re planning their wedding! They are both funny and a little silly. C.C. has a beautiful smile and Adrian knows just what to say to make her laugh.

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Look what I can do! Their cat Dash shows off his moves for the camera.
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We can see for miles!
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There are murals on almost every street of the Arts District.
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I love this robot!
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C.C. and Adrian are a hoot, bursting spontaneously into smiles and laughter.
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There are so many different lighting options like this backlighting with lens flare.
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We find a jungle in the urban jungle.

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This is one of my favorites.

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The sun starts to set so we wrap up the session.

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Pink is the new black.

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Having an assistant along on a shoot is invaluable especially in a situation like this with a two flash set-up. I’m super lucky that my husband Michael is helping today. (He also shot some awesome photos which will be in a separate blog post.)

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Thank you C.C. and Adrian for a fun portrait session! And the cow jokes.

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Ala - What a lovely couple! I love this shoot, it’s gotta be one of my favorites!

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