I was excited to photograph the first act of Annie in one of our dress rehearsals before going on stage myself! It was a wonderful experience that I will remember fondly for a long time. Feel free to contact me for higher resolution photo options.
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Last night the family gathered to celebrate our Mom’s Birthday. We had a private and intimate celebration at Avant, the restaurant inside the Rancho Bernardo Inn. If you’ve never been, as I had not, you must give it a try! We were served inside the show kitchen, and received a multi-course gourmet meal that was basically created right in front of us by Chef Leah. It was a beautiful setting accompanied by incredible food and fellowship. Happy Birthday Mom!
Check out this awesome Time Lapse of the preparation of our first course. It’s amazing to see how much work goes into every presentation.
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For the first time I have the honor of seeing a piece of my work hung in a public place. That place is Community Bank of Redlands who, while undergoing a comprehensive remodel, accepted my photo of the Redlands Bowl as one of the new pieces to be hung in the lobby. I am thrilled to get to share the photo which was printed beautifully by Pennington Designs of Redlands. Thank you Linda for making this possible. I’m honored!
On Sunday, all the Briggs boys, Randy, Jonathan, Bryan, and JJ headed to the ocean for some fishing. Under the care of Captain Isaiah and his two mates, the Chihuahua pair of Buddy and Poncho, we all exited Newport Harbor to find some fish. We were confronted with swells that were substantial in relation to our 27 foot boat, but we motored south to a point where we found sea lions and birds adorning, in numbers, adjacent rocks jutting up from the ocean. The waves crashing against them, though fierce to our eyes, were nothing in the eyes of the wildlife who calmly enjoyed the splash in the hot sun. JJ was first to catch an anchovy, to be used later as live bait, but when the newly caught fish swung towards him on the line, he fell backwards onto the deck, not wanting to have anything to do with his wriggling catch. With the swell too much to handle in under anchor, we trolled back to Newport with no success. However, the greatest success of the day was the pair of Gray Whales that we followed for almost 45 minutes. At times the animals were only 50 yards away and were striking to behold. A slow and winding trip back through the harbor gave us a glimpse of what some people do with there extra millions… which only encourages us to work HARDER. After 5 hours at sea, JJ was the only one not to succumb to sea sickness, and was ready to head right back out. We all can’t wait to spend that time together again, as a family of brothers.
Over the last few months I’ve had the pleasure of working with Geri Marquez and the kids and parents of Terrace View Elementary on a production of Shrek The musical. I got to play Lord Farquaad, on my knees, and was thrilled to work with everyone else, adult and young adult, in making such a wonderful, silly and exciting show. There were so many characters on the stage and off that I hoped to catch some of them in action through the camera. Obviously, if I was on stage, it was hard to catch the shots… so I enlisted my beautiful wife Jeanette to take some of the shots. I’m so glad to have the pictorial memories left now that the show is over. I am so honored to have been part of such a wonderful production!
To see the shots from the show, click the picture below!