November/December 2017 E-News

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November/December Newsletter
I'm happy to report that Photography is alive and well in Orange County.  These newsletters are getting longer and longer these days as proof of that.
I continue to look for a full time photography related job after an extensive Orange County Register tenure, and I think it's safe to say now that I'm now looking in other geographical areas as well.  Freelance has been great and I am so grateful for that ... finding a full time photo position in OC to match my previous OCR position ... not so easy.   
I'll keep everyone updated as there may be a change in the not so distant future.  Whatever it is, you know there will be a photography element to it and I'll continue to share it in these newsletters. 
In the meantime, my freelance business has kept me pretty busy lately with some incredible assignments.  Check out the latest below and let me know what you think.  Enjoy! 
Breitling Air Show (Huntington Beach)
After shooting Breitling's DC3 world tour stop over at John Wayne Airport a couple months ago, they asked me to shoot their annual airshow at Huntington Beach. 
The Breitling Chalet for the event was front row center to all of the airshow action. It was amazing. The show had it all ... sky divers, the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, F-16's, smaller stunt plane aerobatics, and of course the highlight of the afternoon, the Blue Angels.
It was really nonstop action and you can't help feeling patriotic when you see the Blue Angels roaring right above you... wow.

Check out my website at to see all of the photos from the show.
Also, you have to check out the Breitling DC-3 World Tour Facebook page... some amazing stuff there ... CLICK HERE to get to it. 
Segerstrom Center For The Arts
The wait is over, the new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at SCFTA is completed and open.   
On Saturday, Oct. 28th, there was a grand opening that pretty much took up the entire day. Starting with a dedication ceremony with the Argyros along with many activities and performances throughout the day.   
And at night the plaza lit up both literally and with activity.   There was a stellar performance by Bandaloop followed by two exceptional bands that performed into the evening on the new plaza stage.
CLICK HERE to visit the SCFTA website, there's always lots going on there.  And definitely take some time to visit the new plaza, you will be amazed. 
The Pacific Symphony
This was an outdoor concert at the Pacific Amphitheater on Sept. 9th.  
It was the Pacific Symphony's annual Tchaikovsky Spectacular, but there was also a special treat this evening.
Yekwon Sunwoo, the gold medalist at the15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition was performing.  The venue is awesome and the music ... just outstanding.  
To see the latest on what the Pacific Symphony has been up to, CLICK HERE to get to their website. 
ArtsOC awards
I'm always honored when I get the call to photograph the ArtsOC awards.  Generous philanthropists and amazing artists are honored for their contributions to the arts in Orange County each year by ArtsOC, and what a night it is.  Besides the awards, there were many awesome performances and yes, even a rap artist this time.
Honorees of the night included Charlie and Ling Zhang, Arts Philanthropists, James Luna, Artist, Molly Lynch, Arts Visionary, Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, San Clemente, Kevin Staniec, Arts Impresario and Trio Céleste, Musical Ensemble.
And the performers pictured below in order ... Backhausdance, Erika Schindele, Trio Ellas, praCh Ly and Bei Bei
Quite a night to say the least.

CLICK HERE to visit the ArtsOC website ... worth the visit.
Philharmonic Society of Orange County
There was a dinner for the Philharmonic Society on their opening night prior to the concert and it was inside the concert hall.   
Recently I have photographed many dinners on the second level of the concert hall and it's really a great venue to dine.  And convenient too ... just a short walk to your seats!   
I didn't get to shoot the concert on this night, but these photos give you an idea how they set things up.  Pretty cool location.  
To get to the Philharmonic Society of Orange County's web page, CLICK HERE.  Always lots going on there. 
Pacific Chorale
It was opening night for the Pacific Chorale on October 29th.  I was asked to get some good photos of their new Artistic Director , Robert Istad, as well as photos of the Chorale and concert in general.  As usual, the concert was outstanding and even the reception afterwards was buzzing with excitement..
To see what's upcoming with the Pacific Chorale, CLICK HERE.
Mod Pizza!!!  
It was a little trek to Woodland Hills for this gig, but I kept thinking throughout the Mod Pizza opening, what a great concept for pizza and what a great company to work for.   
Everyone was enthusiastic, happy and amazingly fast at what they do.  If you havn't been to Mod Pizza yet, check them out ... and might I suggest their Marionberry Lemonade to go with your custom pizza while you are at it ... mmmm.
Want to know more about MOD Pizza, CLICK HERE to get to their website.. 
Last but definitely not least ... Italy! 
I'll leave you with a few photos of Florence from Michelangelo point.  Four couples, three Air B and B's, and Italy for 15 days ... truly a trip of a lifetime. I'm working on a travel story for The Register pegged for March, 2018 if not sooner.  I'll post photos from this amazing trip on my website soon... suffice to say, I have a lot of photos to go through.  Italy was simply amazing. 

If you get a chance, stop by the Nicholas Koon Photography 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.
These quarterly newsletters are also viewable on my website under the e-news tab.
Feel free to email me even if just to say hi ... like I always say, the main purpose of these newsletters is to keep in touch and it's perfect for that. Getting to show a quarter's worth of work ... well, that's just an added perk. 
More Later ...    
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