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International Swingers at Studio 606 ~ Music Photography Los Angeles ~

What an experience!  I had the opportunity to photograph The International Swingers when they recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 recently.  The mixing board has it’s own amazing story which you can check here soundcitymovie.com.  Not knowing what to expect had me a little apprehensive and nervous and definitely anxious.  But the band, consisting of Clem Burke, Glen Matlock, James Stevenson and Gary Twinn could not have been easier to work with at all.  They were open and approachable and truly just fun.  I mean, I was in their faces all day and they could do what they had to do and well, not hold it against me if I was a nuisance.  It was my first time documenting during a recording or even seeing the process for that matter.  It was quite impressive and done old school on tape and produced by Brett Gurewitz which will then be released on–wait for it–a 45! I was truly impressed by the process and all those who are truly amazing in their fields.  Thanks for letting me be a part and so happy for the new friendships and experience.  There is an amazing relationship between photographers and musicians and this was exactly that.

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

 

The International Swingers at Studio 606

Blog by Misti Layne

International Surgical Foundation ~ Photojournalism by Misti Layne ~

The past few months have been really non stop and I love it!  I just returned from Scottsdale for a wonderful photography conference that has me totally energized to hit the pavement with my camera for a trip soon to Turkey.  A country I really enjoy and can’t wait to go back and shoot some film again!  Yes, I said film!

One of my best friends has a brother who is a back surgeon in Scottsdale, Arizona.  He’s been going to the Dominican Republic to do corrective surgeries for people who cannot afford it and are truly limited in their lives due to pinched discs and scoliosis and a plethora of things that can happen without proper care.  Remember the “bend over” test in grade school where they checked your spine?  They don’t do that in Dominican Republic and I’ve never seen anything like what I did there.  Also we went to the local children’s hospital where incredibly there could be 3 kids in one bed surrounded by family.  It was tough and enlightening. If you ever think you have it bad…come back and look at these images.

The families and patients were so incredibly grateful for this opportunity.  Almost 30 people came together on their own time and dime to help these people.  It was for me a photographic experience I won’t soon forget.  Apparently the next stop is Chad, Africa.  I’m in!  These images for the most part are not graphic but a couple may make you squeamish.  I apologize but I think it is truly essential to the story.  Photojournalism needs to tell a story and this is a must. Thank you for looking.

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

ISF Teams Help in Dominican Republic

 

 

 

 

Sandy, New York City and Me ~ San Francisco Photographer ~

Every year for many, many years I have gone to NYC once or twice a year.  I first went when I was 18, went to NYU and it holds a little bit of my soul.  This year was a bit different. I got caught in Hurricane Sandy.  It wasn’t so bad in Manhattan for me.  We were left in darkness but on 30th Street so walking to 39th Street wasn’t so bad.  For those downtown, it was a very different story.  My friend and I walked the Brooklyn Bridge then caught a cab back home.  Driving through Chinatown made me feel like it was war torn Vietnam.  No lights, nothing recognizable, no people and no English signs.  It left me with a sort of discombobulated feeling.  It didn’t feel like the place I’d known for so long.  I am glad I experienced it and of course, got home but for those who are still dealing with it I cannot fathom the pain and agony it has caused.    These images were taken with not the right equipment–I came prepared for head shots not a hurricane but I hope leaves some sense of what it was like to be there.

Holiday Abroad in South Africa

So I have been away for quite awhile and I hope you noticed!  I’ve actually been traveling in South Africa and just returned last week.  It was truly amazing and one of my most favorite trips ever.  I’m a total animal lover and spent time on safari but also at a monkey, lion, elephant and cheetah sanctuary.  This was the most amazing thing ever.  The people were so passionate about their jobs and the animals and were quite proud of their country and the conservation efforts that are being made.  We obviously have nothing like it here!  But here are some of my most favorite images and boy was it hard to get it down this far.  So I hope you enjoy a bit of my passion which are travel and animals and this was a lot of both!

Ten tips for Travel Photography

The world is a much smaller place now than ever before and travel photography is something that is no longer done by a few professionals. Black and white photographs, portrait photography of locals and documentary or editorial photography is something we all do now with even the cameras in our phones. I recently returned from a Middle East tour of Egypt and Jordan. Both places I had been dreaming about going to for as long as I can remember. I travel a lot and it’s my biggest “vice” in life by far. Learning from other cultures and experiencing different ways of life can only enhance yours in a better way. It was a wonderful trip filled with amazing places and lovely people. So here is my 10 point bullet list for travel photography!

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Children’s Portraiture ~San Francisco Family Photographer~

I love photographing kids and pets.  It is a dirty job as I don’t do this in studio.  I actually get on the ground and crawl on my knees to get to their level and make them feel comfortable and me less large.  Photographing children has to go kind of quickly too.  You never know when sleepiness or hunger may set in!  I photographed Amanda’s wedding a few years ago and this year had the pleasure of meeting and photographing her son!  What a charmer he was!  So easy going even considering what mom’s last costume change was! But he was a New Year’s Baby!  Oh my will that be embarrassing when he’s 13!   The card I got this year was one that I surely will be holding on to!  But it was so much fun and I love to share in the lives of my clients and see them happy.  All the best to them!

Holiday in the Middle East

I’ve always dreamed of seeing the Pyramids of Egypt and Petra and Wadi Rum in Jordan and finally made that dream happen this month.  It is an amazing place full of amazing people and just the best experience!  We had a very full 10 days but our tour director did a great job getting us around and seeing the most important things and learning a thing or two as well.  It’s a different world to be sure but we also share so many things and I walked away with great memories and many new friends.  A few marriage proposals too but alas I had to turn those down.   The Pyramids of Egypt were incredible and possibly the most amazing place I’ve ever been is Wadi Rum.  Truly breathtaking.

The people were so kind and fun.  At a mosque I was inundated by about 20 kids on a school outing who were asking me a bunch of questions and just as intrigued by me as I was of them.   I rode a camel that decided it didn’t want to go up the mountain but back home to dinner at a gallop but fortunately I was saved by my Bedouin who ran down to get him back.  That was fun!  But here are just  slight few of my favorites from an amazing holiday abroad to the Middle East.

Pregnancy Portraits ~San Francisco Portrait Photographer~

I had a great time photographing Toni and Christian recently.  They are having their first baby and their excitement is palpable!  We shot simply in their flat in San Francisco and the natural light was fantastic.  The time will come soon and I’ll be putting up baby photos as well!  All the best!

Vintner Dinner at Colgin Cellars ~San Francisco Event Photographer~

This years event at Colgin was of course catered by Thomas Keller of French Laundry as usual and again an amazing menu! It’s always fun to watch him and the crew in the kitchen.  The entertainment started with the bartenders!  Don’t believe me, well take a look at them!  From Cirque USA, they really had people entertained including Ryan Seacrest.

Brett and Jess, an Engagement Story ~San Francisco Wedding Photographer~

Brett and Jessica are the cutest couple!  There wedding is next week and here are some of the images from their engagement session.  It was a great time and the love and joy that they have is just amazing.  I’m looking forward to an amazing event at the Sir Francis Drake and florals by Laurel Winzler and music by DJ Jeremy.

Environmental Pet Photography ~San Francisco Portrait Photographer~

Chester stole the show this morning to be sure.  I love photographing pets of any kind.   This lively pup was hard to follow so what to do?  Three things:

  • Let him do his thing of course!  It was us following Chester’s lead to be sure.  But this keeps him happy and gives great opportunity
  • Treats!  Crucial for the obvious reasons!
  • Work fast!  The attention span of most pets is pretty limited.  You can tire them out for a more portrait shot after getting the action shots when they are excited and playing.

Wine Country Wedding at Arista Winery ~Napa Wedding Photographer~

Arista Winery is such an amazing place.  The fall, being my favorite time, is especially beautiful here.  The vines, the trees, bushes and rolling hills are just fabulous!  So this was an amazing day to be sure.   The colors were fabulous and this simple, elegant affair was a definite success.  The flowers were by Dragonfly Florals and the catering was by Park Avenue Catering.  See for yourself!

A Rustic Ranch Wedding ~Napa Wedding Photographer~

Sam was breathtaking in her gown and Matt was rocking it big in his suit-not his usual uniform!  The day was beautiful and warm and sunny and couldn’t have been better at Radonich Ranch in Santa Cruz.   Old and new came together in a fantastic way.  The florals were amazing and by Precious and Blooming the catering was by Vignette.   The kids of course were great photo opps and friends and family were just all kinds of laughs.  Dancing till late under the stars it was a great time to be sure.  All the best you guys!

Pregnancy Portaits and the Family ~San Francisco Portrait Photographer~

I photographed the wedding of Karen and Eric about 7 years ago.  This still amazes me!  Now they live in NYC and are expecting their first baby.  Karen is close to due but was a very willing and able subject as we used different places in their apartment on the West Side.  Karen is a shy type and was nervous but even dared to get just a little racy and looks beautiful!  Of course the feline kids got in on the action but what are you going to do…they are part of the family! Congrats guys!!

Some hints for pregnancy portraits:

  • Do it around the eighth month.  You are large enough to show but not so large that it’s uncomfortable.
  • Include the whole family!  The dad, other children and the pets.
  • Dress in the dad’s shirt or shorts.  It’s a way of incorporating him in the portrait that may just be belly.
  • Hands on the belly are so simple but say so much.

A Luxurious Wedding Reception at Mark Hopkins Hotel ~San Francisco Wedding Photographer~

Michelle and Sam certainly brought their New York flair, humor and love to our part of the world and it was fantastic!  The reception was at the Mark Hopkins atop Nob Hill and the ceremony at St Peter and Paul.