An Academy Award Winner in the Making

The minute you meet Marc, you can't help it.  You will break into a huge smile.  At only 12 years old, he already lights up the whole room when he enters it!

 

We first met Marc a few years ago, when his mom brought him to Prasad Photography  for a headshot session.  Since then, we've become great friends, and a few weeks ago he was back to update his resume with some new headshots.

We love working with Marc - he is a good sport and the camera loves him!

Everyone loves Marc and Buddy is no exception.  Our Labradane just wanted to be near him the whole time!

In addition to acting, Marc is a multi-talented young man.   His special skills include competitive alpine skiing (!), snowboarding, swimming, guitar, creative writing, and we could go on and on - check out his dance form!

Do we have here a future Hugh Jackman in the making??  With Marc's handsome good looks and delightful personality, we're sure he will become a big star!

Marc's got the looks, the talent, and the personality to succeed in any venture he decides eventually to pursue.  We're looking forward to sharing the journey with him!

He's already a big star in our eyes -- and Buddy's too!

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Do You Want to Know How to Photograph Fireworks?

Fireworks are spectacular and appear for just moments.  Many people shy away from trying to photograph them because they feel it is too difficult or they would not be able to end up with anything good.   I say, go for it!  It's a lot of fun and you might end up with some fabulous photos!

Many of you will be attending Independence Day celebrations - of course, these parties always culminate in a spectacular fireworks display.  Here are some fireworks photography tips to help you get the best fireworks photos ever!

 

Here's what you'll need: 


1. A camera that allows you to shoot in "Shutter Priority" or "Bulb"
2. A tripod
3. A cable release to trigger your camera
4. Plenty of memory and charged batteries

If you are using a Point and Shoot camera, see if your camera has a "Fireworks Scene" mode and put it on the tripod. Fire the camera right after the rockets fire. 

If you are using a DSLR, attach your camera to your tripod. Set your camera to "Manual Focus" and set the lens to "Infinity". Set your mode to “S” or Shutter or "Tv" and set your exposure between 1 and 2 seconds at ISO 200. Use your cable release to fire the camera immediately following the rocket launch. Cable release helps reduce vibrations. You can shoot in either JPG or RAW, however RAW files will let you adjust the exposure a little easier afterwards in software to get your ideal image.

You can also experiment using "Bulb" setting for those DLSRs that include it. If you cannot find the "Bulb" setting in your Mode Dial, set your camera to "Manual Mode" (M) and slow the shutter speed all the way down to make the Bulb appear; this forces the shutter to remain open for as long as you leave the shutter release Open. Set your Aperture to f4 and your ISO around 200. If you want to brighten your pictures, raise the ISO to 400 or so. Click the shutter when you hear the rockets fire and let go of your shutter as soon as the burst is over.

If your camera includes Live View, try using it so that you can enjoy the show too!

Happy Shooting!

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What Do Portrait Photographers Do When They Go On Vacation?

We can't help it.  We love to photograph.  We photograph people, places, objects, animals, you name it.  If we see something interesting or beautiful, we have to create a photograph of it.

Our adventure began in a tent in Burbank with a special treat - front row seats at Odysseo by Cavalia, courtesy of a very dear friend!  To say that it was an unforgettable, magical evening would be a huge understatement.  We were not allowed to take photos, but  if you take a moment to view their website, you can get an idea of just how wonderful this performance (featuring 60 horses!) was.


The evening was a wonderful prelude to the amazing week ahead.  We visited Sedona, Arizona, truly one of the most beautiful places we have ever seen!  Every time you turn around, there is yet another gorgeous photograph to be taken. 

The lighting was a photographer's dream, the weather was perfect, and it made for an amazing vacation spot.

We took a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad which took us out into the wilderness for some lovely desert spring scenery.

We had a fantastic time hiking some of the beautiful trails in and around Sedona's red rock country.

Among the red rocks and cactus, we saw many beautiful flowers.

And a hiker or two!

Sedona is also know for its vortexes and healing energy sites.  Many tourists travel there to experience these geomagnetic forces.  One of our adventures involved a four-wheel drive jeep tour which took us to several of these sites.

At one of the sites we visited, the trees along the path were twisted and growing in a spiral because of the vortex energy.  Hugging these trees is supposed to be very healing, so of course, we had to try it too!

Holy Cross Chapel is built on one of the most famous vortexes in Sedona.

This is just a small taste of the beauty that we experienced - and we can't wait to go back!

 

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Thank You!

 

Our sincere thanks goes out to everyone that participated in our fundraising event last weekend! We were able to contribute greatly to the relief efforts in Japan thanks to all! 

We adore each of the families that we worked with last weekend. One family, in particular, stands out when we think about how narrowly they escaped tragedy.

The Galvin family came to us on Saturday after just picking their Obachan ("grandmother"), Junkosan, from the airport. Her family had been in Sendai, Japan, just hours before the tsunami hit! They happened to leave scarcely one hour before the tsunami ravaged the city. We get chills thinking about how close they came to such calamity and we are so grateful they are all okay.

To the Galvin family and all of the other wonderful families that participated last weekend we say THANK YOU SO MUCH for being a part of this fun and successful event. We hope you will each treasure the photos that came from this session, and every time you look at the portrait you can be reminded of the wonderful deed you did, helping those in Japan that have undergone such tragedy and turmoil.

We are grateful to have had the opportunity to do our part to help with the relief efforts in Japan and we are so appreciative of our clients that participated with us. We had such a wonderful time and can't wait to see the photos!

We truly enjoyed spending our weekend photographing beautiful families, darling little children, lovely grandparents, hunky guys....(you know who you are!)

 
 
 

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An Incredible Gift - and Help Victims of the Japanese Disaster!

 
 
The news of the tragedy in Japan has really been on our minds. It is heart-breaking and devastating to think about each individual that has been affected - those that were lucky enough to survive. We have been longing to do something to help but we are not in a position to fly over there and assist in relief efforts.
 
So we came up with a plan.
 
On Saturday, April 9th and Sunday, April 10th we are donating as much time as is necessary for a series of $50 mini portrait sessions to photograph you and your immediate family! These 30-minute in-studio sessions will provide you with an everlasting gift for the one you love, however, even more exciting, is that the entire session fee will be donated to the victims of the recent Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami! 
 
If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact us right away and we will set up your 30-minute session for Saturday, April 9th or Sunday, April 10th. This is a gift that will touch countless lives. There are only a few spots left!  Don't miss out!
 
 

 

 

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An Escape from Orange County

I'm very sorry it's been so long since I've written!

We decided to take a much needed vacation after the crazy holiday season. We packed up our bags, stopped the mail and the paper, found a loving home for our sweet pup to stay in during our absence, and headed out to the airport at 5:00am, ready for our trip. Apparently we needed a reminder that we are most definitely NOT in charge here, because our flight was cancelled, and not just temporarily, mind you, but for a week! And so we headed back to our quiet, dog-less, mail-less home.

After a week of this strange "stay-cation" of sorts, we finally boarded another plane. We barely made it out of Orange County, into the air, across the country, and into New Jersey, just before another blizzard struck and all flights behind us were cancelled again! Upon our return, I realize that it is much more likely that this forced relaxation at home was probably exactly what we needed to fully enjoy our amazing but whirlwind journey.

We spent most of our vacation with Prasad's delightful nephew, Avi, his beautiful wife, Tasneem, and our sweet niece, Amita. They have a lovely home in New Jersey and were the perfect hosts. They live only an hour from New York City, so we were able to go in frequently and knock several items off of my bucket list! 

One of those items was to see Rockefeller Center all dressed up for the Christmas holiday season. I was sure I'd missed it, thanks to the debacle with our flights, but it was still adorned with everything Christmas when we arrived! So there's one item checked off the bucket list. Only a few more to go...

During our stay,  we visited another nephew, Abhinav, in Philadelphia for a few days. We stayed in Old Town and loved this quaint, picturesque town! It reminded me of a European city, with cobblestone streets and sidewalk cafes. The snow was falling lightly enough that we were able to walk all about the town, even happening upon a movie being filmed with Bradley Cooper! (sigh), until we found the best restaurant in town, Le Parc.

Parc, as you may infer, is a French restaurant situated on the edge of a beautiful park. Tables had been set up just outside the restaurant, but it had started to snow and so the tables were piled high with fresh snow. What a beautiful sight that was. We opted to sit, snow-free, inside by the window and enjoy our meal. The meal was magnificent, but the true highlight was being able to gaze outside and watch children dressed colorfully in their snowsuits, playing on the white snow, people bundled up, walking their dogs, and just enjoying nature. It was a work of art.

I adored Philadelphia, Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and all. I was captivated by Elfreth's Alley, the oldest street in the country! It was a tiny little street with tiny little houses. We were able to go inside a couple of them and I could not believe how small these houses were! It shocked me more to learn that people are living in these houses still! 

Ah, if it weren't for my brood back here on the West Coast, I could easily see myself living in Philadelphia. It is charming and close-knit, and you have all of the conveniences you could desire, yet the access to New York City is easy and quick. It is like having the best of the big city without living just within it. 

I truly can't wait to head back to that side of the country again. It was stunning, breathtaking, and a lot of fun.

However, for the moment, I am very happy to be home.

 

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Lurae's Bat Mitzvah!

Her bat mitzvah is one of the most auspicious events of a young Jewish girl's life.  It is always an honor to photograph this very special coming-of-age ceremony, and none more so than our dear friend Lurae's.  Lurae came into our lives when she was just two.  As the years passed, watching her lead the charge around the cul-de-sac, bouncing blonde curls flying, was always a joy to watch. 

Lurae's mom (Randi) was a single mother who had fostered ten other children.  When Lurae came into her life, it was love at first sight, and she formally adopted the child.  What a wonderful life changing occurrence for both of them!  In fact, Randi's experiences as a foster mom inspired her to found a nonprofit organization, Education for Successful Parenting (www.eduparents.org<http://www.eduparents.org/> ). 

Look at Lurae now!  A young woman, surrounded by love, dancing with joy!

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Lurae's bat mitzvah ceremony took place at the Temple Shir Ha-Ma’alot in Irvine where she read the Torah and led part of the prayer service.  Her grandparents came all the way from the east coast to witness the event, and many friends and family members attended - including Lurae's foster brothers and sisters - most of whom are grown now! How wonderful to see everyone together, celebrating this wonderful occasion.

After completion of the ceremony, it was time to hoist Lurae into a chair and take her into the reception room which was decorated as a jungle, wild animals and all (well, stuffed ones anyway)! 

The food and decorating was provided by Solomon’s Bakery who kept that jungle theme going, including making a wild jungle cake!

The festivities were emceed by Chris Ledezma, a fantastic DJ from CD Players Entertainment. He came up with so many crazy and fun games, we secretly think he must be a kid himself!  He even got the adults into the mood, playing games, joining the conga lines, and dancing along with the kids. Super entertainment by an amazing pro!

After the bat mitzvah, we invited mother and daughter to come to our studio to view a slideshow of their event set to music.  They were both brought to tears and told us we had “...given [her] a gift [she] could never repay."  In truth, it is our clients who give us the gift - the opportunity of being a part of their lives and sharing their special moments.  That is exactly why we do what we do. And we love every minute of it.

 

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