Save our Bolts

For the past several months I was hearing rumors of my favorite football team leaving San Diego. Yes, that would be the San Diego Chargers, a team that I grew to love over the years despite growing up a San Francisco 49ers fan. I can't help but feel incredibly sad to see a team I've stressed out over every Sunday during football season prepare to leave for "better" pastures in Los Angeles. Because of that I felt compelled to head down to the first rally that was held by a group of die hard Chargers fans who named themselves "Save Our Bolts".

Down here working and supporting my chargers. Life of a #photographer #saveourbolts

About 3000 people showed up to the event that last approximately 4 hours long, while various fans got up in front the microphone to present their case to the City Council's task force.

Those who couldn't make it in to the forum, were redirected to the main part of the stadium to watch the meeting on large TV screens. 

This would be the first of more rallies to come by fans desperate to make their voices heard. We'll see if the Chargers listen, but so far it looks like we will be losing them soon. :( 

I'm a people person but I don't mind nice houses!

My passion is documenting moments, faces and places. However, on occasion I don't mind shooting a nice house or two! It can be a challenge trying to find the right lighting and angle for a shot; you want to make sure you're presenting the home in the best light but yet give an accurate representation as well.

As someone who doesn't normally do real estate photography, I always love the challenge.

I had the opportunity this week to shoot a home in the affluent Mission Hills area in San Diego, California. While it is an older home (1939) and needs a little updating, it was quite beautiful and has great views of downtown San Diego and the bay.

Front entry living roomAs soon as you walk in to the home, to your left is a beautiful spacious entry living room.
Den officeLocated downstairs next to the kitchen was a cute little space that you can convert to a den/office
Downstairs bathroomI just love these type of sinks.
Family roomThe main family room with a fireplace.
Purple staircasePrince would be proud! Ha. For the creative types this could work or if you're like my husband, the next owner will probably rip it out and add wood.
Upstairs balcony with a loftOne of the coolest things about this home was the loft on the upstairs balcony. Climbing the ladder was a lot of fun!
View from the topOnce I got up on that ladder, got to hang out on the loft for a little bit and take in this gorgeous view


Home details

If you are in the San Diego area next week, come on down to the open house! 
MLS: 150005064
Listing Price: $1,295,000-1,345,000
Address: 1600 Torrance St., San Diego, CA 92103
Openhouse: 2/4/15 from 4:00-7:00 PM 
Vo Properties and Investments Inc.| http://www.voproperties.com | (858) 864-8118 

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Winter wonderland in Lake Tahoe

Breathtaking #laketahoe #nature

Every year we try to think of activities for our daughter during Christmas break. Normally, this includes an annual trip to Disneyland. This year I thought about taking her and my husband to Lake Tahoe. They'd never been there and the last time I was there was back in 1986! Yes, a long time ago.

Nice having the road all to yourself #roadtrips

I've taken road trips upstate but we've never had this much open road ever! It was pretty cool.

First time in the snow #roadtrips

Once we got to our hotel, it started to snow and Christin was so excited.

The snow didn't last too long in town since we seemed to have brought the San Diego weather with us. So we had to go searching for it. We went up the slopes at Heavenly. What a winter wonderland!

Cold
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A Family Affair

My niece Lia (who I consider my little sister because we grew up together and are only seven years apart) recently got engaged to Eric, who my family loves and adores. After seven years of courtship they finally got engaged! We're looking forward to the big day next year in October.

Though they live in New York, they wanted to introduce a few of their closest friends from the east coast to San Diego and celebrate the special event with a gathering of friends and family from all over. For some of their friends, this was their first trip to California. What a great way to introduce them to the golden state!

Before the evening started, we enjoyed a glass of wine on the roof of my sister's condo overlooking the water. It was perfect to begin the celebration with some great wine, conversation and a few laughs.

Afterwards, we headed over to the Herringbone in La Jolla to meet with the rest of the family and friends for an intimate gathering.

Family and Friends
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Motley Crue - Final Tour



Mötley Crüe is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, who were later joined by guitarist Mick Mars, and vocalist Vince Neil. Mötley Crüe is one of the best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

Growing up in the 80s and 90s, going to rock concerts was a pastime of mine. My first taste of heavy metal music was after school one day in 5th grade. My best friend Michelle inserted this cassette tape into my boom box blasting Motley Crue's, "Shout at the Devil" (Catholic school girls, mind you) and the rest was history.

When I heard that Motley Crue was embarking on their final tour, I just had to get Michelle on board. What a perfect way to end the summer with my oldest and dearest friend. Groupon had a deal that was too good to pass up!

Michelle and I in full metal mode
When we arrived at the show, the atmosphere was quite different than the last time we attended a metal show together ( 20+ years). Gone were the days of mullets and leather pants; they were now replaced by khakis, buzzcuts and flip flops. There were a few people who in the spirit of tradition wore colorful wigs, spiked bracelets and ripped up jeans. I wish I could've gotten some pictures of them but we were rushing to find a place to sit.
Alice CooperOpening act
I was quite surprised that Alice Cooper still had that kind of energy for a man in his 60s. He and his band were an interesting choice for the opening act but it worked! It was a good set.
All in all, we had a blast despite encountering a couple of concert goers who had a little too much to drink. As much fun as it was to see one of our favorite groups in our youth,  It was sad to see an iconic group play its last tour. This was when I realized that I'm old!

 I'm sure there will be a reunion tour at some point and I'd love to go again.
They played many favorites from their early albums to their popular and most successful album, " Dr. Feelgood". 
It was  good day.