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

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Online Storage for Photos and Videos: The Quick and Dirty Guide

I pleaded my case in an earlier post regarding why it is imperative for anyone (especially a parent) to utilize an online storage solution to back up their precious photos.


I'm not going to try to cover each and every solution out there, but most will fall into one of the following models. Here goes the quick and dirty breakdown.


Shutterfly, Kodak, Snapfish and other such online sites are useless as an online storage option in that they do not allow you to view your images in it's original form. Your pictures looks so much better in large format - but on top of that, they occasionally require you to purchase their sub-standard quality prints. Their goal is to sell you products, so they will not serve your need to backup and protect those wonderful memories.


Picasa is Google's online application to organize/share/edit your photos and videos. Free users have album upload limits but even paid/upgraded accounts have limits, but the free limit of 1GB is almost unusable and for the price of upgrade, there are far better options out there.


Flickr is Yahoo's online application to organize/share/edit your photos and videos. Their free option is better in the sense that it is unlimited storage but you are limited to uploading 100MB a month. That's not even an hour's worth of photos in this age of 10 megapixel photos. Their pro upgrade option is pretty cost effective at $25 per year for unlimited storage. The drawbacks are their browsing capability can be awkward for a lot of people and they do not offer a print option so grandma can not order her own pictures. They have a great online community and should you lose your photos, there are 3rd party applications to bulk download all your files but the download process may take awhile.


Dropbox is a strict online storage application for any type of file. The issue for most people is no easy way to share your photos. They are not a cost effective option because they charge $20 per month for only 100GB of storage. (After all, don't we all have hard drives greater than 500GB?)


Smugmug is an online application to organize/share/edit your photos and videos. They have no free offering except for a gratis two week trial. They overcome most of the shortcomings I mentioned in the above sites. For $40 per year, you get unlimited storage, no degradation in online image quality. In addition, the presentation of the website is simple yet sophisticated. Here's a $5 COUPON off Smugmug, give it a spin. If you lose your pictures at home, just download from smugmug or order some DVD's sent to your house. They offer printing through their professional labs which are used and highly regarded by pro photographers. I have a pro account at smugmug and i simply love the offering.


I know what some of you are thinking... can't I just print at Shutterfly or Costco for pennies? Not if you want good prints. You're going to have to take my word on the printing for now... that will be a whole other post.




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 unique definitive moments in a documentary fashion.

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

Thursday, September 3, 2009

What would you do if you lost ALL your pictures???


As I became a parent and as I started reflecting back on my younger days, I realized how precious all my pictures were and how i hated the fact that I did not have even more pictures. I scanned all my old pics and then I quickly started accumulating a TON of pictures of my son. People say... you have to back up your files of course (Ask those people that have paid for hard drive recovery). No problem, I'll just buy an external hard drive and back up my data regularly. Problem solved! Pretty tough for two hard drives fail, right?

But then I started ponder more "what if's". What if my place has a fire? What if my place gets robbed? What if... etc. I was started to run out of excuses. I needed geographic diversification in my data back up plan and it had to be cost effective. I couldn't bear losing all the pictures of my family. My memory just isn't THAT good.

The answer was to find an online storage solution. There are so many out there. Some are free (Flickr, Picasa, Shutterfly, DropBox) and some require a subscription fee (Smugmug, Zenfolio). Bottomline is, you get what you pay for. I will breakdown a few of these options in a future post.


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, September 2, 2009

Hello World...

Rich Mar saying Hello World! Here I go... I'm born and raised in NYC, but I've now settled down in Los Angeles. Anybody that has known me over the years knows that I can get pretty fanatical about certain things and go about it 200% from every angle. My son has gifted me many joys including my photography bug. After a year, I could no longer deal with my sub-standard point and shoot pictures. So I stepped into the DSLR world, studied photography with a passion and the rest is history.

Nowadays, I find myself answering a lot of the same questions from friends & family that are curious about my point of view. Especially for those who are at the same life stage as me. So I hope to address people's questions here. This will also be a nice home for everybody to see my most current work.

Look forward to some posts on why and how to backup your photos online, how to go about picking your camera, must have gear, some basic photography tips, and some updates on Calvin. At some point, I will blog about more advanced photography techniques as well. I certainly don't claim to be an expert in everything, but I will do my best to share my experiences.

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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