Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Chevron World Challenge 2009 sans Tiger Woods | PGA Golf Tournament

The Chevron World Challenge is a PGA golf event held at the spectacular Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks.  The tournament benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation and was supposed to be hosted by Tiger Woods.  I had this day marked on my calendar to go get some pictures of Tiger.   I'm sure by now  you've all heard the story regarding Tiger.  But I went anyway and tried my hand at some sports photography specifically golf.


Yang Yong-eun, better known as Y.E. Yang aka Tiger Killer
Yang Yong-eun, better known as Y.E. Yang aka Tiger Killer at the Chevron World Challenge in Sherwood Country Club

Dude... no cellphones at the tournament!
Y.E. Yang on a cell phone at Sherwood Country Club

The one and only Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk at the Chevron World Challenge hosted at Sherwood Country Club

Hey Leonard... Catch!
Justin Lenoard at the Chevron World Challenge hosted at Sherwood Country Club

Anthony Kim's vicious swing
Anthony Kim aka AK at Chevron World Challenge in Sherwood Country Club

Camilo Villegas ripping into a drive
Camilo Villegas at Chevron World Challenge in Sherwood Country Club

All shots in this set were taken with the Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D VR Lens.

Rich is a modern lifestyle photographer based out of West Los Angeles, California.
He specializes in candid, photojournalistic photography for children, family, and events and is known for capturing life moments in a documentary fashion.

Copyright © 2009 by Rich Mar Photography http://richmarphotography.com

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Canon PowerShot S90IS | Revolutionary Point & Shoot Digital Camera Review

So many people have asked me for a recommendation on a point and shoot.  My typical response generally "Whatever looks pretty to you" because very few digital cameras I review have inspired me up until I came across the Canon PowerShot S90IS.  Up until this point, there a few advanced point and shoots but they only helped more advanced photographers.  Not to mention they're big.  Now I've finally came across a digital point and shoot camera that I'm drooling to put into my pocket.



The key reason why this camera is so revolutionary is the ability to shoot in low light. Sure, a lot of cameras claim this, but very few actually are able to deliver on this promise.  The lens on this camera allows you to open the aperture up to f/2.0 (that's better than most DSLR lenses).  How extraordinary is that?  When I say better low light capability, I mean this will reduce the scenarios in which you need to use your flash.  You are all familiar with the scenario.  You see the nice pretty image in the LCD on the back of your camera when you're indoors and then you press the button only to see the flash has NUKED your pretty moment.  You try to turn off the flash and shoot again only to realize you get a big blurry image.  This camera will save a few of those moments.

It's greatness spans a huge demographic from beginning photographer to professionals looking for something to keep in the pocket.  As Chase Jarvis says, "The best camera is the one you that's with you".  Nobody can always be armed with their DSLR so why not have something that's sleek and high quality like the Canon PowerShot S90IS.

Here are some of the key reasons (not specifications) why I love about this camera for each user level.

Everybody
  • Sleek and small
  • Quality on par with the Canon PowerShot G11
  • Much bigger sensor than your average point and shoot camera
  • 10 megapixels (nobody realistically needs more)
  • Low light capability due to f/2.0 lens and sensor size 
  • Image Stabilization

Prosumer
  • RAW output
  • Improved manual controls
The Canon PowerShot S90IS is currently selling on Amazon for $406.  It's no steal, but well worth the money in my opinion and will make a great Christmas present for your significant other.  I hope to provide a more in depth review in the near future. In the meantime, don't wait any longer because this will sell out!! BUY NOW!

Rich is a modern family lifestyle photographer based out of West Los Angeles, California.
He specializes in candid, photojournalistic photography for children, family, and events and is known for capturing life moments in a documentary fashion.

Copyright © 2009 by Rich Mar Photography http://richmarphotography.com

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Oceanside Pier Night Sky Photography Workshop sponsored by Canon

I attended the Night Sky Photography Workshop hosted by OPT and sponsored by Canon down in Oceanside, CA this past Sunday.  Loads of fun!!  We first spent two hours going over tips and techniques with Dennis Mammana. Then we spent the evening on the beach at Oceanside Pier.  I was loaned the Canon EOS 5D Mark II body and the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens.  Beautiful equipment... I'm a Nikon guy but since the event was Canon sponsored, I took advantage. Hey, it's just a tool,right?  =)  Here's a picture that I love from the workshop (notice the moon) and here's the rest of the set.





Rich is a modern family lifestyle photographer based out of West Los Angeles, California.
He specializes in candid, photojournalistic photography for children, family, and events and is known for capturing life moments in a documentary fashion.

Copyright © 2009 by Rich Mar Photography http://richmarphotography.com

Monday, November 16, 2009

Los Angeles Children Photographer: Reese

Meet Reese!  She's thirteen months old here and is slowly starting to cruise but she crawls FAST.  Getting her to stay still in one spot was quite tricky.  Luckily we found these purple flowers basking in nice warm sunlight and they kept her entertained long enough to get a few pictures.

Reese, Los Angeles Baby Photographer

Reese, Los Angeles Baby Photographer

Reese, Los Angeles Baby Photographer

Don't eat that flower Reese!!
Reese, Los Angeles Baby Photographer

Reese, Los Angeles Baby Photographer


Rich is a modern family lifestyle photographer based out of West Los Angeles, California.
He specializes in candid, photojournalistic photography for children, family, and events and is known for capturing life moments in a documentary fashion.

Copyright © 2009 by Rich Mar Photography http://richmarphotography.com

Autumn Beauty in Napa Valley

I just came back from a family trip to San Francisco / Napa Valley and were lucky enough to capture some autumn beauty.  I was so ecstatic to see these fall colors because being in LA makes it's next to impossible to find autumn.   I took these colors for granted growing up in New York City.  Here's my contest entry to the "Autumn Beauty" challenge at I Faces.  Hopefully everybody enjoys this picture as much as I do.











Rich is a modern family lifestyle photographer based out of West Los Angeles, California.
He specializes in candid, photojournalistic photography for children, family, and events and is known for capturing life moments in a documentary fashion.

Copyright © 2009 by Rich Mar Photography http://richmarphotography.com

Friday, November 6, 2009

Marina Del Rey Engagement: Amy + Drew


We met up at their little paradise in Marina Del Rey for some engagement pictures and there were so many wonderful places. We started off with a nice bamboo background.

Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles Engagement Photographer

Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles Engagement Photographer

Followed by hanging out by the docks for these boat lovers
Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles Engagement Photographer

Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles Engagement Photographer

Then it was just another evening riding into the California sunset for this couple.
Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles Engagement Photographer

Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles Engagement Photographer

Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles Engagement Photographer

Amy and Drew are both big photo booth fans.  Love the way this turned out.
Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles Engagement Photographer

See more from this set here

Rich is a modern lifestyle photographer based out of West Los Angeles, California.
He specializes in candid, photojournalistic photography for children, family, and events and is known for capturing life moments in a documentary fashion.

Copyright © 2009 by Rich Mar Photography http://richmarphotography.com







Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The MUST HAVE Lens for Parents that's not a 50mm


DSLRs are all the rage for parents. The biggest problem that most parents complain about is not being able to get good indoor shots of their children. Some parents have been told that they need to buy another lens if they want to take better indoor pictures of their baby. Almost all of those have been told that they need a 50mm lens. In short, you want better low light pictures but please let me stop you from walking into the 50mm trap.

The one lens all parents must have is the 35 mm prime lens. For Nikon users, look for the Nikon 35mm f1.8 (~$200). For Canon users, look for the Canon 35mm f2 (~$300). The reason why you want the 35mm over the 50mm is because in most cases around the home, you will frequently find yourself zoomed in closer than you would like.

Here are two examples of a 50mm versus a 35mm sitting at a table across from Calvin.








Taken with a 50mm, f/1.4 @ 1/100sec


Taken with a 35mm, f/2.0 @ 1/100sec


About 3 feet away from Calvin. Taken with an iPhone 3G.

The first shot was taken with a 50mm and while it is not a bad shot, you can see that it's a close-up photo. Imagine if all your pictures were all this close? The second photo was taken with a 35mm and it gives me more of the surroundings. I could have gotten the same shot with the 35mm lens as with the 50mm lens if I leaned in closer but the reverse is not true because I would have had to get out of my chair and walk back another 5 feet to get that same shot. Think about how often you are more than 3 ft away from your child.

This advice does not apply to owners of full frame sensor cameras such as the Nikon D700, D3 or the Canon 5D. For you folks, the 50mm is the perfect lens. But the rest of you will want to own a 35mm lens.

Stop reading now and go get one!

Rich is a modern family lifestyle photographer based out of West Los Angeles, California.
He specializes in candid, photojournalistic photography for children, family, and events and is known for capturing life moments in a documentary fashion.

Copyright © 2009 by Rich Mar Photography http://richmarphotography.com

Thursday, October 8, 2009

UNICEF Trick-or-Treat Los Angeles Fundraising Event - I Believe In Zero


I got an email asking if I could do a photo booth for kids at an UNICEF event in Beverly Hills the NEXT day. I struggled for about.... two seconds, canceled my plans and so glad I did it. The setup was outdoors and pretty ad-hoc. But you can't go wrong photographing kids. The kids were so awesome and Christina Zilber of Jouer Cosmetics was such a gracious hostess helping to raise awareness for UNICEF.

UNICEF launched an ad campaign this year deciding not to bombard people with images of suffering children but instead show portraits of celebrities supporting the cause. But the real life stars are all those that attended this event and will be out there spreading the word because they believe in ZERO.



Showtime LA | UNICEF Trick-or-Treat LA kids

Pointing at zero | UNICEF Trick-or-Treat LA kids


ZERO | UNICEF Trick-or-Treat LA kids

Chocolate covered cutie | UNICEF Trick-or-Treat LA kids

Say Cheese | UNICEF Trick-or-Treat LA kids

Christina's assistant Nicole | UNICEF Trick-or-Treat LA kids



For those that don't know, UNICEF is working in over 150 countries, providing children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more.
Despite extraordinary progress, 24,000 children still die each day from preventable causes. Their mission is to do whatever it takes to make that number zero by giving children the essentials for a safe and healthy childhood.


These are the original ads from the UNICEF campaign below.




Amare Stoudemire Zero Ad

Believe in Zero print ad featuring Lucy Liu
Believe in Zero print ad featuring Al Roker

Believe in Zero print ad featuring Laurence Fishburne


Monday, October 5, 2009

Baby Lauren | Santa Monica Airport Park Children and baby Photography


Meet Lauren. She's one cute little baby girl. We hung out at Airport Park in Santa Monica and did a short session. It's a quaint little park that's tucked away at the airport that's not constantly full like some other parks on the west side of LA.

Here's Lauren before the fun starts.


Let the good times roll
Lauren, Santa Monica Baby Photographer

Lauren, Santa Monica Baby Photographer

Lauren, Santa Monica Baby Photographer

Lauren, Santa Monica Baby Photographer

Lauren, Santa Monica Baby Photographer


Rich is a modern family lifestyle photographer based out of West Los Angeles, California.
He specializes in candid, photojournalistic photography for children, family, and events and is known for capturing life moments in a documentary fashion.

Copyright © 2009 by Rich Mar Photography http://richmarphotography.com

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Disney offers free entry to 1 million volunteers

Disney will be offering free tickets to people who volunteer one day in the 2010. The promotion is called "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day". This seems to be their 2010 version of their 2009 birthday promo. I took advantage of the birthday promo and had a wonderful day at Disneyland in Anaheim. Sooo much FUN!

Details have not been fully released yet, but on the surface, it seems like this is even better than the birthday promotion because an entire family/group can volunteer and visit the park on the same day for free where as the birthday promo made it hard for more than one person to be free during a trip to the park.

More details will be coming out but here is the announcement on the Disney blog.


Rich is a modern lifestyle photographer based out of West Los Angeles, California.
He specializes in candid, photojournalistic photography for children, family, and events and is known for capturing life moments in a documentary fashion.

Copyright © 2009 by Rich Mar Photography http://richmarphotography.com

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Bubble My Boy Blew

When I read the challenge posted at I Faces, this photo instantly came to mind. Aside from the fact that this image is so blue, there's also a play on words since it captures a bubble he just blew. I captured this picture of Calvin when we were playing with bubbles at the Getty Center Museum in Los Angeles around April of 2009. Hopefully everybody enjoys this picture as much as I do.





Rich is a modern family lifestyle photographer based out of West Los Angeles, California.
He specializes in candid, photojournalistic photography for children, family, and events and is known for capturing life moments in a documentary fashion.

Copyright © 2009 by Rich Mar Photography http://richmarphotography.com

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Calvin's First Haircut at a Barbershop

This Saturday, Calvin will be a ring bearer for the first time. His daddy's rusty scissors and clippers from college just weren't going to cut it and thus we began Calvin's journey into the world of professional hairstyling.

Last night, he walked into Floyd's 99 Barbershop on Santa Monica like a champ, surfed the internet for a little bit until his name was called. We asked him if he wanted his haircut right there at the computer. But he insisted on the real thing, pointed over at the chairs, didn't fuss one bit and the rest is history...


Calvin surfing the web



Calvin surfing the internet
Waiting for a cut and checking his kiddie sites



Calvin getting his first haircut at Floyds Santa Monica
Btw... If you go, ask for Lian, she ROCKS!





Calvin getting his first haircut at Floyds Santa Monica



Calvin getting his first haircut at Floyds Santa Monica



Rich is a modern family lifestyle photographer based out of West Los Angeles, California.
He specializes in candid, photojournalistic photography for children, family, and events and is known for capturing life moments in a documentary fashion.

Copyright © 2009 by Rich Mar Photography http://richmarphotography.com