July/August 2017 E-News

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July/August Newsletter

I hope you are doing well and had a great 4th of July ... Spring is gone and Summer is here.  This year is flying by pretty quickly ...

I'm now working at the new OC Register headquarters in Anaheim.  Change in location is one thing, but there have also been lots of changes in terms of workflow.  Old systems abandoned, new systems adopted ... there have been so many new things to learn these days.  A little challenging, but also actually kind of exciting.  And it feels good to be part of a big company again ... one that's working hard to change the tide of newspapers.   
It's been pretty busy on the freelance front as well ... Check out some of the latest below ... As I always say, busy is a good thing and as usual, that provides an interesting mix of work.

Pacific Symphony
Ellis Island dress rehearsal with Peter Boyer

This is a behind the scenes look at the Pacific Symphony rehearsing for the recently performed Ellis Island multi-media production created by Peter Boyer.  You rarely see the symphony on stage in street clothes let alone with the likes of Peter Boyer working closely with Carl St. Clair and the musicians to perfect the performance.  

Quite a few donors of the symphony were invited to this up close and personal treat and it was as cool as it sounds ...  There was even a reception where they donors were able to meet Peter Boyer and hear his passion for this work. 

Here is a little interesting history on Boyer's Ellis Island work from Wikipedia ... pretty amazing.  This performance with The Pacific Symphony was kind of a big deal and is mentioned here:

Ellis Island: The Dream of America is a work for actors and orchestra with projected images by American composer Peter Boyer, composed in 2001-02, commissioned by the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in HartfordConnecticut. The work combines first-person narrations of seven immigrants who entered the United States throughEllis Island between 1910 and 1940, selected by Boyer from the Ellis Island Oral History Project, with Boyer's original orchestral music. The work has received over 170 performances by more than 75 orchestras. A recording of the work released on the Naxos record label was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition in the 48th annual Grammy Awards. In April 2017, performances by Pacific Symphony of Ellis Island: The Dream of America were filmed for broadcast on PBSGreat Performances series in the 2017-18 broadcast season.
To get to the Pacific Symphony's website,
Philharmonic Society of Orange County

Golden Baton

The annual Golden Baton is an award given to outstanding supporters to the arts each year.  Henry and Elizabeth Segerstrom,  Dean Corey and many more Orange County notables have received this prestigious award presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County.   

This year it was Judith Jelinek receiving the award.  It was presented by Philharmonic Society President John Mangum and accepted by her friend Lauren Packard.  And of course, there was some exceptional music performed at the event.  A few amazing Violin and Piano duets performed by Kevin Loucks and Iryna Krechkovsky (Husband and Wife).   This all occurred at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach.

Here's a little known (unrelated) fact ...  the Pacific Club was where I was at when 911 happened.  I was shooting a freelance assignment early in the morning on a day off from The Register.  The first phone call was from my wife, Colleen, who watched the second plane hit the second tower while we were on the phone ... I still had to get one final group shot done and I remember that was not easy ... everyone in that room was pretty shaken (including myself) .... got it done, then the next call was from our Director of Photography, Marcia Prouse, and I headed straight to the newspaper helping out wherever I could.   

2017 PSOC Gala 
The Philharmonic Society of Orange County also had their annual Gala at the end of June.  The Samueli Theater is an awesome venue and was the perfect place for this outstanding fundraiser.  
Money was raised by generous donors during a live auction to help Orange County students get musical instruments in their hands as well as help fund other worthwhile community projects.  Some of these students performed that evening.  
And in addition to that, there was a stellar jazz band playing most of the evening only to be topped by an operatic performance put on by well known singers Alyson Cambridge (Soprano) and Bruce Sledge (Tenor) accompanied by Louise Thomas on Piano.  This was an awesome night!

To get to the Philharmonic Society of Orange County's website,
Marlene's Music - 'Learn to play guitar in a day'
A few years back, I photographed Marlene Hutchinson for the Register at her home for a story about her growing business 'Marlene's Music' and her well known program 'Learn To Play Guitar in a Day'.  Recently she asked if I would shoot some new photos of her in studio for some of her new publications that promote her business. 
She is a fun lady and it was a great shoot.  Btw,  I would encourage anyone looking to get a quick start to learning the Guitar, check out her website at www.marlenesmusic.com.

Easter Food Cover

Getting to work with Author/Chef Cathy Thomas is always a treat ... I couldn't even begin to count the number of photo shoots we have had together through the years for The Register not to mention the 2 cookbooks we did with Melissa's produce and Wiley Publishing.  We have produced a complete archive of food photography that I am very proud of.  And this time I also had the opportunity to work with former colleague and expert videographer Curt Norris (https://vimeo.com/cnorris) which made it that more enjoyable of a shoot. 

Check out the placement of the exclamation mark's dot as the bunny's eye on the cookie cutter on the inside (black and white) page ... a pretty cute design idea.

Pacific Symphony Program Cover

This was the May, 2017 cover featuring Music Director Gregory Whitmore with members of the youth Wind Ensemble on the Pilgrim in Dana Point. We had the run of the ship for about an hour and came up with a variety of cover options ... I think everyone had fun at this shoot.  

This was the 17th in a string of program covers I have photographed for the symphony recently ... I have these posted in a gallery on my website if you want to check them out.   This may be a bias opinion, but I think it's an excellent concept to put the musicians on the covers (along with individual portraits inside).  We photographed them at a variety of well known venue's all around Orange County.  It's a way the audience can see them in a different, more personal setting and learn more about each of them.  
Parting Shots  -  

El Capitan State Beach, 2017
Roaming around El Capitan State Beach on vacation and ran into this amazing scene ... I think this photo looks more like a painting ... wow.
Anzo-Borrego Desert State Park, 2017
Beautiful flowers and some really crazy sculptures all around the valley ... If you havn't been there, it's definitely worth the trip.
Backyard Bouquet's
Someone at our house has a green thumb and it's definitely not me ... but I do love to photograph the results ... Thanks Colleen Koon (my better half)

Well, once again, that's quite a bit to share for one quarter ... the work is much appreciated.  There are some fun shoots upcoming so there will be much to share next time as well.
These newsletters are also posted there under the E-News tab at the top of my home page.  And if you get a chance, stop by nkphoto's facebook page and 'Like' it if you haven't already done so.  I post current work there periodically between these emails. You can Click Here to get there.
Finally, if you have an upcoming project or event that needs photography, let me know sooner rather than later.  My schedule is crazy these days and my calendar fills up pretty quickly. 

Have a great Summer and keep in touch ... that's one of the main purposes of these newsletters :)
More Later ...    
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