We had the pleasure of spending the day with Kimberly and Danny photographing their "Day After" photo session... Well, it was actually about a month and a half after their wedding!
Anticipating this shoot, we were able to scout a ton of locationsbefore the day arrived. We journeyed all over San Francisco photographing them in some very inspiring scenes... Kimberly had a tough time getting in and out of the car with her dress as we photographed them at 5 different locations throughout the day - They were real troopers! We ended the day atBaker Beach with a celebratory bottle of Champagne at sunset. It was very reminiscent of our engagement session we had in Pebble Beach only a few months ago... Thanks Kimberly and Danny for such a GREAT day!
Congratulations to Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Thank you John McCain for your lifetime of service to the country we love. And Thank you Barack Obama for taking the lead as President of the United States. There is change in the air, history in the making, and an America who needs to work together for success.
After a full year of planning, (actually over 10 years because they were high school sweethearts) the Sapers and Sanners joined families. Kimberly and Danny's beautiful wedding day took place in Pebble Beach. The ceremony was in the backyard of the Saper residence and it was amazing. Mazal Tov!! They kissed and were whisked off to thePebble Beach Club, which was truly elegant. The decor was incredible and everyone was dressed to the nines. We were able to take some beautiful early evening portraits on the 17th green and 18th tee box. The night continued with delicious food, dancing and celebration.
I had to post this picture... This is what I come home to everyday! Both boys sitting on the porch or playing on the front lawn, waiting for daddy to come home. I love it! This is what being a daddy is all about! When I arrive at my exit, I call home and Mason asks "Is it time to wait on the porch?!" After I answer "Yes" I can hear the scramble and chaos of trying to round everyone up to greet me... When I arrive home, the boys are so ecstatic. They usually have a story to tell me or an art project to show me, it just warms my heart. I love my boys.
I am absolutely fascinated with human ingenuity. Almost every day I drive across the Golden Gate Bridge or The Bay Bridge and I marvel at the engineering feat of these incredible structures. It is beyond my personal comprehension how we can design and engineer such amazing and sound architecture. We, often time, take it for granted.
Well, the other day, my good friend introduced me to an amazing project that began in the early 80's called the Large Hadron Collider or the 'LHC '. It is another engineering feat that absolutely blows me away! This experiment basically is attempting to fire 2 protons directly at each other at extremely high velocity, creating a mini "Big Bang". By way of this collision, scientists hope to discover the elusive "God Particle", a particle that we have not been able to see or prove since the theory of particle physics began. This particle is essentially the make up of all Dark Matter (basically the space between observable matter)... Now, I might be losing some of you at this point, but hang with me for a moment!
Let me help you to see how awesome this project is...
First, here are some images of the LHC to give you an idea of the scale - CLICK HERE
OK, now you see how huge this project is... So, back to the science.
A particle is so small. If you think about a grain of sand as a particle, that one single, small granule of sand consists of as many particles as all the sand on the surface of the Sahara desert, 10 feet deep....... Now that's a lot of particles!!! - Think about it.
Now we are going to take that tiny particle (proton) and fire it at another tiny particle so that they collide. Hmmmm... Have any of you stood 50 feet across from another person and tried to simultaneously throw a ball toward each other with the hopes of hitting the balls in mid air? Well, if you haven't, you would discover that it is really difficult. Now, take those balls and shrink them into tiny particles and shoot them at extremely high velocity 17 miles through an underground tube toward each other with hopes of those particles colliding... This is essentially what this project is trying to accomplish.
It is amazing to me that we even know this stuff!!! And now we have developed the technology to not only control and move these tiny particles, but we also have the ability to photograph, view and record them. CERN (the lab that is conducting the experiment AND who also invented the World Wide Web) has built the largest 'lens' on the planet, called ATLAS, to record this collision phenomenon:
This experiment doesn't come without protest. There are many scientists that theorize that these collisions can and will produce micro black holes or dangerous subatomic particles. While CERN doesn't discount this theory, they claim that these potential black holes would just neutralize. Other scientists claim that these black holes would simply grow and eventually consume the entire planet! I know its a bit doomsday, but we are venturing into uncharted territory and we don't know what is Really going to happen.
In addition to finding the 'God Particle', physicists also believe that, by way of this collision, we may also discover extra dimensions. Now, this would be very exciting! We have been living in a 4 dimensional world - 3 dimensions of space and 1 dimension of time. String theory actually predicts that we live in as many as 11 dimensions. If this experiment produces these extra dimensions, it would begin to prove elements of string theory and change how we view our universe and existence.
It is strange to me how this project has gone under the mainstream media radar. I know many people involved in the science community have known about this for some time, but tell me, have you heard of it?! I hadn't until only recently and now I am a bit obsessed (as you can tell).
Today marked the very first tests of the LHC. They successfully launched the protons in both directions (clockwise and counterclockwise), without collision. They say on their website, that they will begin the collisions "in a couple of months." I can imagine how excited these physicists must be. It truly marks a new discovery in space and time and we are about to embark on something potentially spectacular and mind blowing... But, I can't help wondering if there won't be any repercussions associated with this experiment... Logic dictates that messing with the Spacetime continuum may disrupt our existence as we know it.
Just returned from LA and the Total Truth Tour(soon to announce tour dates). WOW, what a great group of photographers! Robert Evans, Dane Sanders, Sara France, and Carlos Baez. Nothin' like telling the truth! Robert was very candid on how he got started and how he works today. Plus, he talked about his "collaboration" site called photographymentor.com (This site is fantastic with tons of information). Dane Sanders....he just blew me away with his take on Photography vs. Photographer (If you don't know what I'm talking about buy his book: "Fast Track Photographer"). Sara France, I'm sooo jealous...she is sponsored by Apple (I love Apple). Sara talked about all the Apple Apps...and how well they work together. Plus, she talked about being mobile (MobileMe). Carlos Baez is an amazing fashion wedding photographer and he worked with Helmet Newton !! plus many other famous fashion photographers. I enjoyed listening to Carlos talk straight about lighting and his fashion consultant (I need someone to dress me - I've fallen into the GAP).
In celebration of Michael Phelps most recent achievements in the 2008 Olympics, we are posting images that we took with our friend and business partner, Rick Chapman, last year. As a part of the ESPY collection, Rick was assigned the honor of photographing the Olympic champion. We flew to the University of Michigan, where Phelps attends school, and photographed him in the aquatic center just before a training session.
After watching his amazing performances the past weeks or so, we thought that we would pay tribute to his accomplishments.
The black and white photograph below is the final image that was chosen for the ESPY Collection. This collection features 25 signed, limited edition, silver gelatin prints of each of the athletes. If you are interested in purchasing images from the collection, contact Rachel Mack at ESPN. All proceeds are donated to the V Foundation for cancer research. See all of the photographs from the ESPY Collection.
We are Garrett Burdick and Matt Reoch. We have been working together since 2001. Our passion is telling stories through photographs. While we take photography seriously, we have a lot of fun making pictures and celebrating life.