September/October 2017 E-News

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September/October Newsletter
I have a little news to share this time ... it's not breaking news, but it is pretty much a game changer for me.
This is my last week working at The Orange County Register.  Friday is my last day after a 29 year tenure. 
Buyouts and possible layoffs were recently announced once again at the paper. I've dodged so many of them throughout the years but this time was different. It seemed like the perfect time to eek out and finish my career in another area of photography that satisfies my thirst for creativity with more opportunities for making photos. 

This experience has been nothing short of amazing and I will definitely miss this crazy news business.  I wish nothing but the best to my colleagues and friends that remain ... It's a pretty tough time to be a journalist these days. 
For me, I'm an eternal optimist ... I look at this as maybe a little scary, but exciting nonetheless.  My passion for photography is stronger than ever, I trust in what I know and have learned in my years of experience.  There are many options on the table and look, my calendar has suddenly opened up.
I'll continue my freelance business and work on growing it.  And if something steady comes along, I'll certainly be looking at that as well.  I have seen (and applied) to some great opportunities out there. If anyone knows of anything I should check out, please let me know.
In the meantime, check out the latest. There was quite a bit going on this past quarter and much to share ... as always, an interesting mix of work ...
Breitling's DC-3 World Tour
This was such a fun shoot ... I felt honored to get to shoot a small part of Breitling's DC-3 world tour, in fact, the oldest plane ever to circumnavigate the globe.  The plane is 77 years old.  Oh, there are also 500 Breitling Navitimer DC-3 limited edition chronographs along for the trip ... I can't imagine what those beauties will be worth.  wow.  
Breitling posted a couple of my photos on their facebook page after they visited the Lyon Air Museum at John Wayne Airport ... you can follow their tour on facebook, it's pretty cool. Here's the url ...

Pacific Symphony
July 4th at the Pacific Amphitheater
With the Verizon Amphitheater now history, The Pacific Symphony has a new venue for their summer concerts. It's the Pacific Amphitheater at the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds. This was the location for their July 4th concert this year.  This evening had it all ... The Pacific Symphony, rock and roll and fireworks ... it was awesome.  
August 19th Jurrasic Park at the PacAmp
The PacAmp (Pacific Amphitheater) was also the location for the Pacific Symphony's Jurassic Park concert recently.  The Jurassic Park film score  was written by none other than John Williams, and I can't even begin to understand how difficult it must be for a symphony to play it live and sync it perfectly with the movie.... but let me tell you, it sounded better than surround sound.  
Three things ... It's quite difficult to show even a large crowd at an outdoor movie since they are pretty much in complete darkness, I definitely want one of those cool jeeps and since I didn't stay for the whole evening, I went home and felt compelled to watch the entire movie on my own big screen. Pretty fun night.
To get to the Pacific Symphony's website,
Philharmonic Society of Orange County
PSOC 2017 Gala 'A Night at the Opera'
This was an evening of amazing music only to be topped by generous philanthropists during the live auction which benefited the 'Fund A Need' program  that provides much-needed new instruments to Orange County schools.  
  To get to the Philharmonic Society of Orange County's website, Click Here 
The Segerstrom Center For The Arts
SCFTA Board Meeting at the Samueli Theater
Who said board meetings are boring ... not this one. There was entertainment, updates, reports, a chairman's award, what's coming to the center .. all kinds of great info about SCFTA.  And the venue, the Smueli Theater ... perfect.
Monday Night movies
This is pretty amazing, because even with all of the plaza construction currently going on at SCFTA, they were still able to put on their free Monday night movies during the summer.  And this night had it all ... picnicking, food trucks, KIA test drives, a fun photo booth and multiple contests prior to the movie.  Just lots of fun for everyone. 

To see the latest from the Segerstrom Center For The Arts - Click Here
Oceana's 2017 SeaChange Summer Event with Lily Tomlin!!!
And what an event it was!  It's no wonder year over year the stars come out to support this amazing organization.  
All of us, I mean the entire world, benefit from the work that they do.  
As usual, this was an outstanding event and absolutely everyone had a great time while raising awareness and dollars for such a great cause. 
You have to check out their site to see what I'm talking about - Click Here to get to it. 

A few clips from The Register this last quarter ... This feature may go away since I am leaving The Register. However, if I do end up freelancing for them, I'll continue to post them.  I like the way pdf's show your photos in context with the story and page design.

Parting Shot
Like I said, always a interesting mix of work.  Here's something fun I shot for South Coast Plaza recently. They are partnering with Disney on Disney's 50th anniversary and came out with these awesome collectible pins.  We started at the SCP Merry-go-round and ended setting up a portable studio for some product type shots. 

Well, once again, that's quite a bit to share for one quarter and the work is much appreciated.  As mentioned above, I'll be looking for full time work locally and any ledes will be greatly appreciated. In the meantime, post OC Register, my availability for freelance has suddenly increased quite a bit.
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 canClick 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. 
More Later ...    
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