Monday, June 28, 2010

Christmas comes once a month...

... and in San Diego we call it Vibe Night

If you are lucky enough to have experienced a Vibe Night than you know it can't really be described with words. If not you should come check it out for yourself. Vibe Night was started a couple years ago by a group of local musicians looking for a sense of community. It started in the pool room of one of the musicians houses with about twice as many people performing as guests. These days Vibe night pulls in enough people to pack entire houses with little wiggle room. Performers Derek Evans , Jakob Martin and Brodeeva are the regulars with special guests each month. This month we were graced by the lyrical mastery of Rob Deez who is becoming quite the regular himself because we can't get enough. Vibe night is a house concert where you bring yourself "and two people as cool as you" as Chad of Brodeeva likes to say followed by "If you don't know anyone that cool, bring some beers and make some new friends". And he couldn't be more right. I went to my first Vibe Night solo, still relatively new to the area and most of my friends being on the East coast. I left Vibe with a new family, and I couldn't be more grateful. The men of Vibe have done, and continue to do exactly what they set out to do. Create a community. Not only amongst themselves but with their friends, family and fans as well. The guys all sing and play on one another songs and the crowd is usually singing and dancing as well. It might be illegal in some states to have that much fun and genuine love and respect packed into such a small space.

One night a month a viber opens up their home to about 100 or so people who all have a common interest. To come to an intimate house concert with good friends, good food, good wine and beer and great music. And the night never fails. Its hard to leave after a Vibe and when you finally do its hard to come down from the infamous Vibe Night High you're sure to experience. Its safe to say Vibe Night is most peoples favorite night of the month, every month.

This last Saturday was our first official Summer Vibe Night of the year, and was held outside in the nice cool San Diego air. I thought you might like to see what you missed out on. Enjoy, and if you make it out to San Diego be sure to ask me for the Vibe Line so you can experience it for yourself.

Good Night!

p.s I like how the last picture made a music note out of the light. Vibe Night magic :)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Pin-It-Forward ...Feels like home.

Today is my day to Pin-It-Forward ! If you haven't been following along, this is a project from the brain child of Victoria from the fabulous blog Sfgirlbybay put together with the awesome new site Pinterest. This is a site where you can go and create personal 'pin boards' from all your favorite images on the web. I've been using it for a couple months now and really love it. I highly recommend checking it out.

The theme of this pin-it-forward was 'what home means to you'. I go over this topic in my head every single day. 3 years ago I moved from my home to the complete opposite side of the country. Literally as far away as I could go without crossing water or leaving the country. While my new home has certain aspects I love about it, good friends, great weather and lively culture, it definitely doesn't feel like 'home'. Not yet anyway. So while pinning this board together I found myself collecting images that reminded me of the place I grew up. A small town in the middle of nowhere. Filled with horses and cows and old barns and trees. Lots of trees. I lived on a lake my whole life, and although the ocean is amazing, I know to truly feel at home I'll need to live on one again.
Home to me is also big veggie gardens and fresh baked goods. Its warm wood stoves in the winter after playing in the snow all day. Its tea time with my family and a house filled with pets. Home is little windy dirt roads and deer and fox constantly in my backyard. These are just some of my images I chose to represent the home in my mind. To see the rest please visit my actual board here . Warning I may have gone a bit overboard :)
Thanks for letting my share my vision of home with you! I really loved this process and will probably keep adding to my board even if its just for me. Also please check out the board of LA born and bred Stay in the Lines who posted Friday. And make sure to check out the lovely Life Sunny Side Down tomorrow to see what home means to her! And thank you again to Victoria for letting my participate and introducing me to this amazing site!

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Magic in the air

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong on a boat out at sea
Sail away, kill off the hours
You belong somewhere you feel free

Run away, find you a lover
Go away somewhere all bright and new
I have seen no other
Who compares with you


This is one of my favorite songs and I felt it was perfect to accompany this shoot I did a little while back. Deana is a fabulous hair and makeup artist who works on most of my shoots for me. She also happens to be gorgeous so I was thrilled when she asked me to take some pictures as a gift to her husband. The day was magical. And so it goes...

Happy June!