joshua tree.

yesterday, i got up before the crack of dawn and headed out to joshua tree park for some day trippin' with some other photographers from the b-school. i had never been, so i figured this was a good opportunity to see what it was all about - and nobody got lost! there was of course a U2 tribute on the way in, plenty of laughter, a few show tunes, and just a great time! here's joe photo getting ready for his close-up. joe organizes all the day trippin' activities. thanks, joe! the super amazing thomas pellicer and the fabulous karen revellematt saville getting ready for a quick drive...amber fox being...well...dare i say it?...foxy. sorry. couldn't resist.

viva las vegas!

it really does feel like the first day of school. i have been thinking about what i'm going to wear, where i'll sit and who (if anyone) will talk to me. every year, las vegas turns into the biggest photography school, convention and meet-up for WPPI. last year, over 12,000 attended from all across the world! so i am going to vegas to learn and be inspired. i am nervous, but excited to meet new people and see others i already know. from what i hear, there is no sleeping allowed (JC would be much better at that) and it is an all around amazing time. wish me luck...i think i might need it!

the next best thing.

i didn't get to spend valentine's day with the one i love, but i got to do the next best thing! i spent the day with some photography friends talking shop and shooting pictures at the arboretum. in the 4 years we have lived here, i had never been.  evidently valentine's day on a holiday weekend isn't the best time to go either...but we made it through the crowds and had a great time!remember the house in fantasy island?!  this is it....the plane the plane!

photos and more photos.

so as i said, i started off the new year taking pictures and as promised, here are the rest from the shoot in the park. while these 2 are my nieces, the shoot was very professional...they even told me that i sounded like a photographer and not an aunt. :) it was lots of fun to wander around the park for some pictures. we even brought all sorts of props with us and i think a couple of models were created!

having fun!

the holidays really bring out the kid in everyone. while we were in atlanta, there was no shortage of silliness. included in that were many wii challenges, lots of remote control car and tarantula (yes, tarantula!) races and this really cool game that shoots propeller-like circle things in the air that you catch with a funnel looking thing. not very descriptive, i know...but you can see it in the pictures.

the land down under.

i have been neglecting the pictures from sydney! i can't believe it. it was quite a shock to go from new zealand - population 4.2 million in the country, to sydney - population 4.2 million in the city! nevertheless we braved the vegemite, ketchup (closer to acceptable on the connoisseur's scale) and crowds to check out an amazing place. we actually climbed this bridge. yup. we walked right over the top of it. i think it was a little of the daredevilness leftover from New Zealand.the opera house was for sure one of the highlights of our time in sydney. it is an amazing venue with a crazy history and tons of problems - you should see the orchestra pit! but standing on the stage, i could see how the problems would easily fall away. there are so many unique things that make this place so special - like the gorgeous seats in the theaters that are ensconced in wood.

Some fun New Zealand stuff.

first, just a few fun shots from new zealand...there was fizzy lemon soda everywhere. we kept trying different ones, hoping for something to be tasty. we had no luck and decided to find adult drinks instead.and then there was the ketchup...all neatly disguised in a funky heinz package. "it's not heinz" was the proclamation after one taste...and if you know JC, you know he is a ketchup connoisseur.half flush? full flush? what to do?! all the toilets had these options. some were clearly labeled, others you had to figure out on your own.sit tight...more stuff coming soon!

more syncopaths.

the syncopaths are amazing musicians. i didn't really realize how amazing until we got to the point in the session where they were finally able to play. you could tell they were anxious to get back to the music and trust me - if you saw the calm and joy wash over them as the music filled the air, you would understand. this shoot was a HUGE challenge for me and a great learning experience. be sure to look for their new CD soon - it might have an alyson cohen image on the front! :)

the syncopaths' sessions.

it's not often that you find a portrait photographer taking pictures for a band...let alone a contra dance band (if you don't know about it, check out the link - it's really interesting) but i was fortunate enough that the syncopaths were willing to let me try to capture their amazing personalities and vibe for some new band photos. here's a quick preview...more to come!

beauty boot camp.

the ladies from the pasadena children's guild and the folks at salon aguayo got together to host a beauty boot camp this week to benefit the guild. you know how you can't quite ever get your hair to look the same as it does when you leave the salon? well the ladies who attended the boot camp received personalized instruction in how to acheive a salon looking blow-out, sampled some spa services and got other great beauty tips. such a great idea! and here are some of the ladies with their finished looks! fabulous!

family fun (continued)!

so even after the trampoline jumping was over, there was no lack of energy. the boys decided to start up a game of soccer, so i was grabbing shots of them while they were resting.then there was time for pictures of the whole family.

family fun!

i hate to brag, but i get to take pictures of some really fun people...and this family did not disappoint! even mom got in on the trampoline jumping. here's a quick preview. more shots to come.

you say it's your birthday (part 2)...

the party continues...the girls were treated to manicures, facials and lots of cool spa things.as the sun set, the mood around the party got spooky and the campfires and smores were in full effect!48after a good night of sleep (ha ha!) everyone recharged the following morning with breakfast and was ready for the water balloon toss.last, but of course not least was a great game of family feud!a big thanks to nathanson's who sent me to capture the wonderful moments at this amazing party!

you say it's your birthday...

this was the most amazing birthday party!  i tried to sneak in as a guest, but since i am slightly older than 10, i kind of didn't fit in.  i am going to have to break this post up because there were so many fun details and things to do!  so let's start with everyone's favorite...the cake.  there was a Clue mystery during the party - complete with all the characters.  the party guests followed clues throughout the house to solve the mystery.  the cake was...as you can tell...Clue cupcakes!  outside it was a pink wonderland!there were all sorts of fun drinks...including snow cones!there were games everywhere!stay tuned...there's more to come!

oh what a night!

this was an amazing wedding at the skirball center in los angeles. i was again working with nathanson's to capture the details and craziness of the evening. the groomsmen spent most of the event betting on who could make the groom cry first and actually had success! and then the maid of honor did a fantastic rendition of "baby got back" that brought the crowd to their feet. here's the maid of honor and the groom busting out their moves during her serenade...and then the bride and one of the bridesmaids...

balloons + grapes + wine = napa

this was the first time i had been to napa...only took us 3 years of living on this coast to get there!  the trip was well worth it (anything to get JC off his blackberry even for an hour!)  we woke up before the sunrise to take a hot-air balloon ride over the valley.  there was some fog, but the whole valley was dotted with balloons. honestly, i am not a fan of heights so i was gripping the basket and trying to breathe - we were 1450 feet up and flew for almost 5 miles.we watched the sun come up over the mountains which was truly amazing from that height...and yes - I was still gripping the sides of the basket.once we were safely on the ground (phew!) we headed out for an afternoon of wine tasting.

a lazy sunday.

we were lounging around on sunday and my niece was being so animated, so i grabbed the camera.  i think she was channeling her inner marilyn monroe!

time flies!

it seems like yesterday i was taking pictures of this little one at her baptism and now she is a walking, talking, cheese-puff eating machine! and just look at those cheeks and that pout! so cute!