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LA Photographer in Alaska: Eagle River Valley, Chugach State Park

Chugach State Park is one of the largest state parks in Alaska, and it’s only about 40 minutes from downtown Anchorage.  We took a short walk along the Iditarod Trail in Eagle River Valley inside the park and came upon this glorious view.  We even saw a moose grazing not more than 15 yards away!  All in all, we were very lucky with seeing lots of wildlife on this trip: moose, a black bear, and lots of dolphins and whales.

San Gabriel Valley family photographer (Burbank, Glendale) travels to Alaska Chugach State Park, Eagle River Valley, hiking Iditarod Trail

LA Photographer in Alaska: Hubbard Glacier

Evan and I recently took a fantastic trip to Alaska.  We loved it so much that we already want to go back, but alas, there are such things as jobs and responsibilities.  Over the next few posts, I’ll share some photos from our travels.

This first photo is of Hubbard Glacier, which stretches 76 miles long.  We were so lucky to get absolutely gorgeous weather that day.  I just love the cloud formations and reflection of the mountains on the ice.  Hubbard Glacier lies in Disenchantment Bay and Yakutat Bay, and you wouldn’t believe how the temperature dropped between the ocean and the bay.  It must have been 20 degrees colder in the bay!

San Marino, La Canada Flintridge, Pasadena child / baby photographer travels to Alaska, Hubbard Glacier, Yakutat Bay, Disenchantment Bay

Food and Stuff

This post is mostly about food, and not too much about stuff.  But I had to give a quick nod to one of my favorite characters, Ron Swanson, on one of my favorite TV shows, Parks and Recreation.   “Food and Stuff” is where he buys all of his food…  and most of his stuff.

I can’t overemphasize the fact that I love to eat.  Most people are surprised when they find out exactly how much I eat.  In the interest of full disclosure, I once ate most of four orders of beignets in New Orleans in one sitting.  I often eat ice cream for breakfast, and I always order the extra-large bowl of Vietnamese pho and usually don’t even feel that full afterward.

Anyway, here’s a recent exquisite meal that Evan and I shared.  We started with beef carpaccio layered with dijon aioli, arugula salad, and parmesan shavings.

South Pasadena, Arcadia wedding photographer food photography (beef carpaccio with arugula salad), Glendale / Burbank wedding reception

For the main course we had pan-seared black salmon glazed with barbecue sauce.  Served with sweet yellow corn chive mashed potatoes with crispy shoestrings, spinach, and horseradish demi glace.

South Pasadena, Arcadia wedding photographer food photography (bbq glazed black salmon with mashed potatoes, spinach), Glendale / Burbank wedding reception

Finally, for dessert we finished with a pastry cigar filled with diplomat cream.  That cream was seriously sinful.  Really, one of the best things I’ve ever tasted.

South Pasadena, Arcadia wedding photographer food photography (pastry cigar filled with diplomat cream), Glendale / Burbank wedding reception

And because two desserts are better than one, we also had a biscuit croustillant with dark ganache.  The crunchy bottom layer was made of white chocolate and praline, the top layer chocolate mousse.  Yum.

South Pasadena, Arcadia wedding photographer food photography (biscuit croustillant with praline, white chocolate, chocolate mousse), Glendale / Burbank wedding reception

Evan - My compliments to the chef and the awesome photographer for making my tummy rumble.November 1, 2011 – 6:27 pm

Glendale, South Pasadena, Burbank, LA High School & College Senior Portrait Photography | Nicole, Class of 2012, & Horse

We got to meet the lovely Nicole, a high school senior, class of 2012, and her gorgeous horse Dee in a little orchard several weeks ago.  Nicole has been riding horses since third grade, so she’s quite a talented rider!

Don’t forget to book your senior photo session with us before it’s too late!  Now’s the perfect time to book.  And when you send referrals to your friends, you’ll get fantastic goodies like free print credit and a free mini book for showing off your photos, plus big discounts on graduation announcements and fine art canvases.  If you want to learn more about our senior portrait sessions, call us at (626) 298-2946, or e-mail truc@bambooshootsphoto.com.

Glendale, South Pasadena, Burbank, LA high school / college senior portrait photography class of 2012 (Los Angeles girl with horse, San Gabriel Valley, San Marino junior portrait photos)
Glendale, South Pasadena, Burbank, LA high school / college senior portrait photography class of 2012 (Los Angeles girl with horse, San Gabriel Valley, San Marino junior portrait photos)
Glendale, South Pasadena, Burbank, LA high school / college senior portrait photography class of 2012 (Los Angeles girl with horse, San Gabriel Valley, San Marino junior portrait photos)

These last two are some of my favorites from the shoot.  Nicole and Dee have such a beautiful connection with each other.

Glendale, South Pasadena, Burbank, LA high school / college senior portrait photography class of 2012 (Los Angeles girl with horse, San Gabriel Valley, San Marino junior portrait photos)
Glendale, South Pasadena, Burbank, LA high school / college senior portrait photography class of 2012 (Los Angeles girl with horse, San Gabriel Valley, San Marino junior portrait photos)

If you missed it, check out the Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, San Gabriel Valley, Arcadia high school & college senior portrait photo sneak peek of Nicole, class of 2012, & her horse here!

You can also see a few more of the San Marino, La Canada Flintridge, Pasadena high school & college senior portrait photos with Nicole (class of 2012) & her horse here.

San Marino, La Canada Flintridge, Pasadena High School Senior Portrait Photography | Nicole, Class of 2012, & Horse » Los Angeles Children, Family, & Baby Portraits - Los Angeles Wedding Photography - BAMBOO SHOOTS PHOTOGRAPHY - […] you missed the first post, you can check out Glendale, South Pasadena, Burbank, LA high school & college senior portrait photos with Nicole …! Tags: San Marino senior photography, La Canada Flintridge senior portraits, Pasadena senior portrait photos, […]December 14, 2011 – 4:24 am

Kim - Both Nicole and her horse are so charming. I especially like the photo in which Dee looked at Nicole affectionately. They had another good day together!November 4, 2011 – 10:04 am

Chi - These photos of Nicole are so playful! There’s quite a bit of personality in here, from both Nicole and her horse. Beautifully done.November 2, 2011 – 5:23 pm

Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, San Gabriel Valley, Arcadia High School Senior Portrait Photography | Nicole, Class of 2012, & Horse

I’m excited to share this sneak peek of high school senior Nicole, class of 2012, and her beautiful horse Dee.  More coming up soon from Nicole’s senior portrait session!

Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, San Gabriel Valley, Arcadia high school senior portrait photography class of 2012 w/ horses (South Pasadena, La Canada Flintridge junior)

In the meantime, you can find more Los Angeles high school senior portrait photos here.

UPDATE: South Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, LA high school & college senior portrait photos with Nicole (class of 2012) & her horse posted!

Glendale, South Pasadena, Burbank, LA High School & College Senior Portrait Photography | Nicole, Class of 2012, & Horse » Los Angeles Children, Family, & Baby Portraits - Los Angeles Wedding Photography - BAMBOO SHOOTS PHOTOGRAPHY - […] you missed it, check out the Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, San Gabriel Valley, Arcadia high school & college senior portrait …! Tags: Glendale senior photography, South Pasadena senior portraits, Burbank senior portrait photos, […]October 20, 2011 – 4:01 am

Marci - Very nice photo!! It looks like the horse,Dee is smiling back at Nicole!October 9, 2011 – 6:18 am

Holiday Portrait Sessions 2011! | South Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, Arcadia, & LA Child & Family Portrait Photographer

Now announcing 2011 Holiday Portrait Sessions!

Our special holiday sessions are the perfect type of photo shoot for you if you’d like some new photos for holiday cards and gifts, if you’re looking for updated family portraits, or if you want to capture a new milestone in your child’s life.  This is a great opportunity to try us out if you’ve liked what you’ve seen on the blog but haven’t found the time to arrange for a portrait session with us.

What are holiday sessions?  They are 30-minute portrait sessions at a beautiful park in Pasadena for up to 5 family members.  These special sessions will be available on only two Sunday afternoons: October 23 and November 6.  Each date has just a few session times available.  With this session, you’ll get a planning consultation, and within 10 business days of your session, you’ll get to see up to 10 images, all individually and fully retouched, during a phone ordering session.  No minimum purchase required.  Your portrait session can be any of the following types: children, baby, family, maternity, seniors, engagement, day after, or anniversary.  We’re excited to work with you!

Book your session by Tuesday, October 11, and get a free 8×10 print!

The spots are limited, so book your session today by e-mailing truc@bambooshootsphoto.com or calling (626) 298-2946!  Or just click on the CONTACT link on the menu at the top!  Your spot will be reserved when we receive your payment.  Spots are first-come, first-served, so book now!

If you prefer the custom experience of a full portrait session with Bamboo Shoots Photography, contact us to book your session today!

South Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, Arcadia family holiday mini sessions 2011 (child / baby portrait photography in San Marino, Altadena, La Canada Flintridge, Los Angeles)

La Canada Flintridge, San Gabriel Valley, San Marino Child & Family Portrait Photographer | Luxury Flush-Mount Albums

It’s been a while since I’ve featured one of our beautiful products on the blog.  I’m absolutely in love with these gorgeous luxury flush-mount albums.  This particular album showcases one of my favorite family portrait sessions ever.  You can check out the South Pasadena, Arcadia, Altadena family & child portrait photos with Evan and his yellow lab puppy here.

These lovely family heirlooms are wrapped in a soft, luxurious leather cover with your favorite image on the cover.  You can get them as a 10×10 album, a terrific size for displaying in your home, or as a 5×5, perfect as a gift for grandparents and easy to carry around for sharing with family and friends.  Either size album will have a minimum of 20 sides.

La Canada Flintridge, San Gabriel Valley, San Marino child & family portrait photography luxury flush-mount albums (South Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank baby portrait photos)
Your gorgeous portrait session images are either digitally matted like this …
La Canada Flintridge, San Gabriel Valley, San Marino child & family portrait photography luxury flush-mount albums (South Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank baby portrait photos)
… or printed flush to the edges when the image allows it.  The simple, clean design really lets your images shine.
La Canada Flintridge, San Gabriel Valley, San Marino child & family portrait photography luxury flush-mount albums (South Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank baby portrait photos)
The sturdy, thick pages lay flat when opened, and the leather cover is so soft and supple, I just want to lay my head on it.
La Canada Flintridge, San Gabriel Valley, San Marino child & family portrait photography luxury flush-mount albums (South Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank baby portrait photos)
La Canada Flintridge, San Gabriel Valley, San Marino child & family portrait photography luxury flush-mount albums (South Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank baby portrait photos)
La Canada Flintridge, San Gabriel Valley, San Marino child & family portrait photography luxury flush-mount albums (South Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank baby portrait photos)

If you’re a current client interested in finding out more about these albums, feel free to contact me with any questions, and I would also be happy to show you a sample in person!

And to learn more about getting beautiful photos of your family, call us at (626) 298-2946, or e-mail truc@bambooshootsphoto.com.

San Gabriel Valley, Arcadia, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills High School Senior Portrait Photography | Natalia, Class of 2012, & Horses

Sisters Natalia and Danielle’s portrait session was such a blast when their best friends, Jordan and Brielle, joined the fun.  Four lovely, fashionable teen girls and some gorgeous horses… we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect shoot.

Aren’t Natalia and Jordan adorable together?  They’ve been best friends since childhood, and Jordan is also an incoming high school senior, class of 2012.

Long Beach, Pomona, Torrance high school / college senior portrait photography, class of 2012 (Santa Monica girl with horse / Redondo Beach, Los Angeles junior portrait photos)
Walnut, Azusa, Glendora, Rosemead high school & college senior portrait photography, class of 2012 (South Pasadena girl with horse / Arcadia, La Canada Flintridge junior portrait photos)
La Canada Flintridge, Altadena, San Marino, LA High School & College Senior Portrait Photography, Class of 2012 (Los Angeles girl with horse / Pasadena, Inland Empire junior portrait photos)
San Gabriel Valley, Arcadia, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills high school senior portrait photo, class of 2012 (South Pasadena girl with horse / Canada Flintridge junior portrait photos)
Long Beach, Pomona, Torrance high school / college senior portrait photography, class of 2012 (Santa Monica girl with horse / Redondo Beach, Los Angeles junior portrait photos)
San Gabriel Valley, Arcadia, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills high school senior portrait photo, class of 2012 (South Pasadena girl with horse / Canada Flintridge junior portrait photos)
San Gabriel Valley, Arcadia, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills high school senior portrait photo, class of 2012 (South Pasadena girl with horse / Canada Flintridge junior portrait photos)
South Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, LA high school & college senior portrait photography, class of 2012 (San Gabriel Valley girl with horse / Los Angeles, San Marino junior portrait photos)
Long Beach, Pomona, Torrance high school / college senior portrait photography, class of 2012 (Santa Monica girl with horse / Redondo Beach, Los Angeles junior portrait photos)

Major shoe envy here.  I want these boots.

San Gabriel Valley, Arcadia, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills high school senior portrait photo, class of 2012 (South Pasadena girl with horse / Canada Flintridge junior portrait photos)
San Gabriel Valley, Arcadia, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills high school senior portrait photo, class of 2012 (South Pasadena girl with horse / Canada Flintridge junior portrait photos)
Walnut, Azusa, Glendora, Rosemead high school & college senior portrait photography, class of 2012 (South Pasadena girl with horse / Arcadia, La Canada Flintridge junior portrait photos)
Long Beach, Pomona, Torrance high school / college senior portrait photography, class of 2012 (Santa Monica girl with horse / Redondo Beach, Los Angeles junior portrait photos)

And the lovely sisters Danielle and Natalia.

Long Beach, Pomona, Torrance high school / college senior portrait photography, class of 2012 (Santa Monica girl with horse / Redondo Beach, Los Angeles junior portrait photos)

If you missed the first post, you can check out South Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, LA high school & college senior portrait photos with Natalia (class of 2012), Danielle, & their horses here!

Marci - Really GREAT shots of the girls and their personalities shine through! Sassy, fun and very photogenic subjects. I enjoy seeing them all together and with the horses.September 1, 2011 – 4:43 pm

South Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, LA High School & College Senior Portrait Photography | Natalia, Class of 2012, & Horses » Los Angeles Children, Family, & Baby Portraits - Los Angeles Wedding Photography - BAMBOO SHOOTS PHOTOGRAPHY - […] can also see a few more of the San Gabriel Valley, Arcadia, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills high school & college senior portrait …. Tags: South Pasadena senior photography, Glendale senior portraits, Burbank senior portrait photos, […]September 1, 2011 – 4:22 am