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There is nothing  better than enjoying fresh veggies and produce that come straight from the fields of a farm, right? If thought that wasn’t possible in Southern California, it is actually quite easy. We recently went on a photo shoot to Farm Lot 59 also known as Farm Lot 59, a 1-acre bio-intensive mini farm located at 2714 California Ave., in Long Beach, where we captured these great shots. Not your ordinary place to shop for produce, veggies and more,  Farm Lot 59 offers organic fruits, vegetables and flowers, and eggs and honey directly from the farm. They grow everything using organic and bio-dynamic principles, and focus on soil health to keep all of the plants and animals happy and healthy. When you purchase directly from the farm you are also supporting Farm Lot 59’s  farming efforts and helping to create jobs. Everything sold at the location is organic, pesticide-free and considered “good for the body and soul.” At Farm Lot 59 there Read More

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Besides football and soccer, one of the fastest growing sports is roller derby being played in the greater LA and Long Beach areas. We recently had the opportunity to shoot some action photos of a few of the teams competing. As you can see from these shots, these girls definitely mean business! Check out some of their names to see what we are talking about: “Rancho Sancha,” “Ida Capitate,” “Legs,” “Block Lobster,” “Vice Versa,” “Buster Chassis” and “Kiwi Herman.” And those are only a handful from one of the teams. Not only do these ladies play to win, they sport some interesting team outfits, too like leopard embellished knee pads and short, shorts. Besides the fun names and the colorful attire, some fast facts if you didn’t know already, roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members’ roller skating in the same direction around a track. Game play consists of a series of short matchups (“jams”) Read More

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Not all art is created on a linen canvas while standing in front of an easel. Take these photos — of everything from the recreation of a magazine covering of Audrey Hepburn to another of a simple flower bouquet — of the various works of art created by the many talented artists who showed off their skills at The Belmont Shore Chalk Art Festival. The annual event attracted more than 100 chalk artists who used chalk as their medium, and the sidewalks of Belmont Shore as their canvas. We were excited to snap these photos of the works in progress, as well as those completed. It’s nice to give credit, where credit is due. The artists worked hard throughout the day to churn out these incredible works and it showed. But this type of art is not new; the origins of modern street painting can be traced to Britain. Pavement artists were found all over the United Kingdom and by 1890 it was estimated that more than Read More

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Not all homes are created equal. In November 2012, The Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles teamed up with Delta Airlines to create a uniquely remarkable experience. More than 500 Delta Airlines employees helped to rebuild a dilapidated house in a period of 6 weeks by raising the funds through the area’s recycled bottles and cans system. The result:  A newly revamped home for single mother, Irma Ulloa and her daughter, Vanessa, built especially for them. How did it all happen? A New Home Well, it’s not every day that a new neighbor has an entire suburban North Long Beach block shut down as they receive their new house keys in front of a crowd of about 50 people, and that’s exactly how it went down for the ladies. The quaint three-bedroom house on Lemon Avenue near South Street where Irma and Vanessa received their keys at the dedication ceremony was the second built in Long Beach by Delta’s volunteers Read More

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This year, Long Beach held their annual tree lighting ceremony in collaboration with the Queen Mary and the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House. It took place in the “Holiday Village CHILL” attraction. CHILL had a medley of activities including a gingerbread creation station, a candy cane maze, and of course the awesome Ice Kingdom. This was a whopping 13,000 sq. ft. wonderland handmade entirely out of ice! There were gorgeous and meticulously designed sculptures of whimsical carousal horses, castles, and even penguins. Little ones lined up to get photos with Santa and hear stories read by Mrs. Clause. Others enjoyed a rare Southern California treat, outdoor ice skating on the 6,500 sq. ft. outdoor ice rink. As a charitable event, participants were encouraged to donate items located on a wish list for admittance.  This was a small token of kindness compared to the amazing amount of gifts and attractions it help support. And of course this also was a great Read More

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The Stave (170 The Promenade North) in Downtown Long Beach finally opened in October 2012 after being under construction for months. The resulting product is a beer and wine bar that exudes a subtle decadence with an upscale flair. The main fixture of the establishment is a 60-foot angled wooden bar with accompanying black vintage vinyl stools. Other featured furnishings include vinyl booths along the windows, wood panel walls and clear garage doors that roll up to an outdoor patio that faces the ever-growing Promenade area. The outdoor patio is complete with bar-height fire pits and a canopy. Garry Muir, one of the owners of Downtown Los Angeles’ Corkbar; Natalie van Waardenburg, a worldly and knowledgeable sommelier; and John Murawski, founder of Cal-Asia Construction, started The Stave with the intent of it becoming a local watering hole for the surrounding communities. You can dress up or down for a night out on the town. Of course, the main attraction is The Stave’s Read More

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Every mid-April, Shoreline Drive in downtown Long Beach is closed for a weekend to make way for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the longest running street race in North America.  On top of six racing events, the weekend also includes a Lifestyle Expo, featuring the latest in automotive, home, recreation, travel, and entertainment products and services; a Family Fun Zone that offers fun for family members of all ages; concerts in the evening; and an exotic car show with Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and many more! The event was on April 19-21, 2013 and is expected to draw a crowd of 200,000 people.  As a warm-up to the main event, the 37th annual pro/celebrity race drove up the energy as the crowds cheered on for their favorite celebrities.  This year’s list of celebrity racers was recently announced and includes the likes of Jesse Metcalfe, Wanda Sykes, Long Beach native and 2012 Olympic medalist Jessica Hardy, and Jackson Rathbone.  These celebrities are Read More

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I had the privilege of photographing the unveiling of Long Beach Airport’s upgraded concourse and terminal last December with the Long Beach Post. The event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and was attended by local dignitaries and media. The waitstaff donned retro flight attendant outfits, complete with a red-striped silk scarf and light wands. Talk about setting the ambiance! At the event, the airport also featured the Catalina Flying Boats’ Douglas DC-3 that acted as a link to the city’s aviation history. The $45 million project took 2 years and increased the area by 35,000 square feet, the center of which contains a peaceful garden and palm court. The project also includes exhibits that emphasize Long Beach’s extensive history in aviation. As a departure from the sterile and lofty style reminiscent of larger airports such as LAX, Long Beach Airport instead favors patios, fire pits and native plant gardens. In fact, I’d say that people would probably mistake the airport as Read More