Frogs & Fairytales

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]rogs & Fairytales was a brand new event held by the Fresno Chaffee Zoo as a special fundraiser that included, among other things, up-close frogs from the reptile house, make-overs, games and crafts. The event aimed mainly at young kids and families included a few celebrity princesses including Belle, Cinderella and Snow White for kids to have their photos taken with. I was afraid the weather might be bad but the day turned really nice. My son Jack helped out with the photo booth, which was busy all day long, while I shot a few event photos for the zoo. I was told the inaugural event was very successful and that we can already look forward to next year.

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Garden of the Sun

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ere’s a few photos from a recent assignment at the Garden of the Sun in Fresno. It’s a pretty cool place where people learn to be master gardeners or where master gardeners do demonstrations. There are lots of educational activities that go on but it’s also just a nice place to relax and look at a lot of nice horticulture. Our story was a look at area places that are considered hidden gems. This is one of them.

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Cru Wine Bottles

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]y friend Jason Farris, who has done some work for the Cru Wine Company contacted me over a year ago to see about photographing the company’s wine bottles. I told him I’d give it a try. Wine bottles by the way, since they are so reflective, are very difficult to shoot consistently. After a few trial and error experiments I was able to come up with an acceptable method for shooting wine bottles and have been doing several cases a year now. Makes it fun to stop by Cru and stock up too. I’m feeling more and more confident these days about doing product shots and can indeed be a big part of my forte.

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National Signing Day

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ational Signing Day was last week and the Fresno area got a little surprise when Central High cornerback LJ Moore signed with Oklahoma. We already knew that safety Hatari Byrd was going to be a Sooner but LJ waited until the last minute to make his decision. So Sooner Spectator once again called me to make pictures of LJ like they did for Hatari last fall. This time it was in the middle of the day and with less time. It worked out alright because you can always find cool backgrounds in high school locker rooms and weight rooms – even in the middle of the day. Good luck to LJ and Hatari. I’ll be watching.

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Mona & Gurpreet

[dropcap]I[/dropcap] covered Mona and Gurpreet’s wedding for Mark Janzen Photography starting at Mona’s family’s house in Fresno and then continued at the Sikh Temple in Selma for the ceremony. After the traditional Indian wedding we went back to Mona’s house where had had her send off ceremony, leaving her family in Fresno for the last time to live with her new husband in Yuba City. It was a very emotional time, with a lot of people crying. Indian weddings are pretty cool to cover since they are so steeped in tradition.

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