What is Kando Trip 2.0?

The most inspiring and fulfilling creative experience this year.

Girl with shower cap at Kando 2.0

Kando is Sony’s core philosophy, which roughly translates into the power of emotional connection and serves as the foundation for Kando Trip, a unique experience for content creators. Set at Asilomar in Monterey, California, the Kando Trip experience will stretch your creative boundaries. Under the guidance of leading photographers, filmmakers, educators, and social experts, you’ll explore new ways to create, share, and build your brand. You’ll be in the company of like-minded creatives and leading representatives of one of the best brands in the world, with food, tech, and cheer galore.

 Matt Canelli told the crowd, "You are not here by accident. Each one of us looked at every application, every essay and chose each of you from a pool of over 600 applicants to 150 finalists...":

Matt Canelli told the crowd, "You are not here by accident. Each one of us looked at every application, every essay and chose each of you from a pool of over 600 applicants to 150 finalists...":

 Right off the bus we were greeted by this amazing guitarist/vocalist~

Right off the bus we were greeted by this amazing guitarist/vocalist~

 Scott Robert Lim showed us that using a flash with a gel set in a laundry basket, a small video light and even smaller reflector, we could create this.

Scott Robert Lim showed us that using a flash with a gel set in a laundry basket, a small video light and even smaller reflector, we could create this.

 Kyle Ford, possibly the coolest guy I met all week.

Kyle Ford, possibly the coolest guy I met all week.

 Alone in the chapel.

Alone in the chapel.

 I like a woman with a big hat.

I like a woman with a big hat.

 Those eyes...

Those eyes...

 Security cop at the rental center. Everyone was a potential subject...

Security cop at the rental center. Everyone was a potential subject...

 Avoiding splinters for art's sake.

Avoiding splinters for art's sake.

 Melissa the surfer girl.

Melissa the surfer girl.

 California Dreamin'

California Dreamin'

 I think he was ditching high school for this event...

I think he was ditching high school for this event...

 Surfer dudes.

Surfer dudes.

 And yes, Kando provided a surfing dog for us to photograph. It's all part of the show, folks...

And yes, Kando provided a surfing dog for us to photograph. It's all part of the show, folks...

 Asilomar was a great location for the event. This is the path to the main hall where there were instructors, vendors, and most importantly, free gear loaners from Sony!

Asilomar was a great location for the event. This is the path to the main hall where there were instructors, vendors, and most importantly, free gear loaners from Sony!

 At the end of the day, they trucked in pounds of marshmallows, graham crackers and Hershey's bars for S'mores. Until next year~

At the end of the day, they trucked in pounds of marshmallows, graham crackers and Hershey's bars for S'mores. Until next year~

Quapaw Mural Dedication

October 18th, the National Park Rotary Club dedicated the mural they commisioned of a Quapaw Indian, from a Charles Banks Wilson painting, as realized by muralist Pepe Perciavati. The parking lot was closed down to cars to make way for tents, hamburgers and hot dogs, music and tribal dancing from a group from the Quapaw tribe in northeast Oklahoma. Pepe was not present as he is in the Phillipines, but he got a round of applause anyway!

Quapaw indian poses in front of mural.
 Rotary President Don Gooch speaks

Rotary President Don Gooch speaks

little indian girl at the festivities
 Hot Springs Mayor Pat McCabe   

Hot Springs Mayor Pat McCabe

 

And in case you missed it, here is the official mural video, 23 days in under 2 minutes!

Standley and Velasquez Wedding

September 28th at Anthony Chapel in Garvan Gardens, I was fortunate to photograph Steve and Mauricio's wedding. The date they picked was Steve's parent's 60th anniversary, and mom and dad were present as well. The weather was perfect, the chapel beautiful and the reception at Brick House Grill was charming and relaxed.

 Mauricio and Steve prepare at the Groom's Quarters at Garvan Gardens.

Mauricio and Steve prepare at the Groom's Quarters at Garvan Gardens.

Steve, nephew and Mauricio.

Steve, nephew and Mauricio.

Family portrait at Garvan Gardens www.bgwphoto.com
Anthony Chapel www.bgwphoto.com
Anthony Chapel officiant
Steve repeats his vows
Maurice repeats his vows
I now pronounce you....
Small child in pews at anthony chapel
Gay couple walking the aisle at Anthony Chapel
 The official portrait!   

The official portrait!

 

Dreams

Funny thing about this business. Work blows hot and cold, unpredictable and unexpected, fun and frustrating. So when the phone rang at 8am with a froggy voice asking if I was available for a shoot TODAY, I said yes of course, but did not know what would be walking through my door.  Fortunately, it was a pleasant surprise,  four members of a Fleetwood Mac cover band! We had fun and I think it shows! Thanks to Dale, Carl, Kimberly and Shari for the experience. And you can see them perform at Silk's inside Oaklawn August 25th!

Fleetwood Mac Cover Band "Dreams"
Kimberly and Shari of "Dreams"
Dale and Carl of "Dreams"

Rickley Family Reunion

I shoot weddings and portraits and headshots. Yes, I do engagements and bridals and surprise proposals. But this month somebody must have appointed me "Family Reunion" dude as I have had four bookings this month with extended families. Tonight was the Rickey family, who were adorable, the setting was a Village lake house on Coronado. The kids bought the session for mom who posed with her EIGHT grandkids!

Grandmother with eight grandkids!
Family reunion photography session
silly face reunion photo
Family reunion photography session
Family reunion photography session
Family reunion photography session

Goodnight, y'all. I'm tired!

 

Emily+Logan

Today saw a surprise proposal in Garvan Gardens with Logan popping the question to Emily. Fortunately, Logan had me discreetly capturing the event for posterity. Oh, and Emily said "Yes!"

Logan proposing to Emily
Garvan Gardens marriage proposal
Garvan Gardens proposal by Arkansas Wedding Photographer Brian Wilson
Couple on park bench at Garvan Gardens
Emily dips her toes in the water

These Eyes Have Seen Project

These are some portraits of some lovely seniors I was hired to photograph for the These Eyes Have Seen Project. As their website describes it:

These Eyes Have Seen® is a celebration of our elders. It’s a project rooted in the simple idea that by documenting and sharing their stories, we can provide joy, inspiration and guidance to people everywhere. What experiences impacted them most in their long lives? What do they reflect upon with the greatest happiness, or regret? What wisdom can they share with us?The stories are as diverse as the faces of the subjects themselves and, taken together, they offer a unique perspective on what it means to lead a life well-lived.

These Eyes Have Seen® lives on the web and on Facebook. We hope you’ll join our community and help us to share these amazing people and their stories with the world. These Eyes Have Seen® is a passion project of Sunshine Retirement Living and is produced in partnership with Moon Tide Media.

 Nina Pelegrino, 84

Nina Pelegrino, 84

 Dojelo Russel, 91

Dojelo Russel, 91

 Garl Neel, 91

Garl Neel, 91

 Helen Sheenan, 90

Helen Sheenan, 90

 Natalie Tolman, 86

Natalie Tolman, 86

 Sharon Yarbrough, 78

Sharon Yarbrough, 78

It was truly an honor and a pleasure to be a part of this project, and to meet all of the lovely people involved. Special thanks goes out to Stacy Drennan Whittaker for her assistance.

Wedding at Timberlodge

Here is a set of photos from a recent wedding at Timberlodge Ranch in Amity, Arkansas. The couple, Cameron and Kirsten Wyatt were kind enough to ask me to photograph their sweet wedding in the woods. It was a beautiful, low key event with friends and family.

Flower girl at Wyatt Wedding
Bride and Groom first kiss
Bridesmaids Boots
Groom and the Girls
Groom shoos the donkey out of the shot
Glowing portrait of the bride
The wedding party portrait
Groom and Bride and Daughter
Groomsman on the Wall
Groom and Bride kiss at Timberlodge Ranch