in the back alley

Yesterday I was finishing up a photoshoot for a client when Tatum came home. The camera was already out, the lighting was perfectly overcast and diffused, so of course I dragged her out to the alley behind our house to take some quick snapshots. She's a good sport for indulging me.  :)

el niño day one

not even mad about being woken up at 4am because the rain is so loud.
just glad I went to the beach when I did. :)

european cinema brought me here


top picks from screenings in the last six months or so:
de rouille et d'os (rust and bone) 2012 dir. jacques audiard
clouds of sils maria 2014 dir. olivier assayas
copenhagen 2014 dir. mark raso
deux jours, une nuit (two days, one night) 2014 dir. jean-pierre dardenne & luc dardenne

point mugu on a sunday afternoon

keeping an eye out for sharks and wishing I had a dog. 
kind of perfect.

waiting for el niño

First sign of something other than day in and day out blue skies.
I, for one, can't wait for the rain we are due this fall. The valley is parched.

Oceanside Update

I made the trek down to Oceanside this past weekend so Michelle could work all day Friday at the hospital. Justin was in Hawaii on a work trip - lucky. Levi just started preschool and this means I was tasked with getting all three kids ages 4, 2 & 8 months out the door by 7:30 to get him to school on time. Parents of the world: I admire your juggling skills. Also, your wake up early in the morning skills.
Before the bell rings kids at the elementary run laps around the playground. Levi ran four because he is four... and then one more for good measure. He was so proud and ended each one with a big leap at the end :)
Smiley Sage. No teeth yet, but probably any day now! We thought she was going to get some teeth last time I was in Utah. She is the sweetest baby and let me rock her to sleep at nap time (which neither boy did at her age.) Pretty sure the hair bow is compliments of Aunt Carrie.
Asher is way too big for Sage's bouncy seat but likes to crawl in anyway to get our attention. Classic middle child syndrome? Asher is very much 2 years old and can throw a decent fit when he feels like it, but it's hard to get mad when his verbal insults consist of "I'm not going to take a nap, I'm going to huff and puff and blow your house down!!" He also has excellent (happy) sound bites throughout the day such as this comment he made after taking Levi to school: "I have a great idea. Let's all turn into Cheetos today. But maybe lick the orange part off cause it's messy."
Justin got home Saturday afternoon and first order of business was sewing the arms back on Levi's bear pillow that he loves so much.  
We took the kids to the park by the lake at Camp Pendleton and had dinner and then it was all about the swings! As a kid did you ever have a goal to swing over the top? Asher nearly did and he loved it... Michelle was responsible :)

when good friends move to hollywood

Step 1: make them a map of cool things to see and do and eat and watch
Step 2: Grab dinner, enjoy conversation and free refills on the strawberry lemonade
 Step 3: Head back to their new place and climb out the fire escape and up the ladder
Step 4: Be envious of the rooftop view then go back inside to pet their cat.

art is for the people

drive by atwater village

fortunate son

That one time I found myself at a rich people party in Hidden Hills and there was a faceless acrobat. Doing tricks in a bubble. In the pool. Because why not, right?

(I see you getting your groove on to that cover band, Jeff Berg.)

snail mail

Take conversation out of a public setting and it becomes an art. Earlier this year I decided that reverting to archaic forms of communication would be more meaningful than pressing a 'like' button. 

Send me your address >> >> I will send you a letter.

Getting something in the mail is more fun anyway.

Thou canst not then be false to any man.

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