Todd & Michele | Napa Valley Engagement Portraiture

Todd & Michele | Napa Valley Engagement Portraiture

Why not combine visiting Napa, attending an Orioles game at AT&T Park and taking engagement photos of my friends Todd & Michele all into one fun weekend. We planned this weekend about a year ago when I noticed that the Baltimore Orioles would be playing in San Francisco. It was the perfect opportunity to not only visit Napa for the first time, but San Fran and AT&T Park too. Bonus was the fact that Todd & Michele just happen to get engaged, and were in need of some beautiful engagement portraits.

Here are a couple of my favorite images from our time in Napa visiting Mahoney Vineyards and Artesa Vineyards on the first day of wine tasting.

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Point Loma High School Senior | Commercial Sports Portraiture

Point Loma High School Senior | Commercial Sports Portraiture

Finally getting around to posting these images from a recent senior portrait session with Ryan. Ryan plays baseball for the Point Loma High School team, and this will be his senior year. Take a peek at some of the commercialized images that Varsity Imaging was able to create with Ryan out at a local baseball field in San Diego.

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The Filthy Violets | Commercial & Advertising Portraiture

The Filthy Violets | Commercial & Advertising Portraiture

The Filthy Violets are a San Diego based indie rock band. If you get the chance to hear them play, you’ll experience blues and rock improvisational jamming evolved into a unique blend of grungy rhythm (filthy) with sweet, strong melody (violets). I had the opportunity to shoot some album work for the boys with the help from stylist Fiori Couture, hair and make up artist Dana Anderson, and wardrobe provided by Doctor Watson’s Steampunk Odditorium.

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Alexa from Idaho | Senior Portraits on Coronado Beach, San Diego

Alexa from Idaho | Senior Portraits on Coronado Beach, San Diego

Alexa just happened to be on vacation with her family when she contacted me about getting some senior portraits. Her wonderful family traveled to San Diego from Idaho for a week of fun in the sun. What better then to get your senior portraits shot on the beach in front of the Hotel Del Coronado.

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Hollywood Special Effects Photo Shoot | Special FX Portraiture

Hollywood Special Effects Photo Shoot | Special FX Portraiture

One of my most recent photo shoots was inspired by the amazing images of photographer Erwin Olaf, specifically his Clowns series. Luckily with the networking power of Facebook I was able to connect with Jess Eisenman. She is a beauty & hollywood special effects make up artist out of Los Angeles. Each look took about an hour to two hours worth of hair and make up to complete.

We finished the day with four amazing characters, all of them different and unique in their own way.

Cracked Doll | Burnt Beauty | Reptilian | Eat Your Heart Out

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Special THANKS to the following:
Hair Stylist | Mackenzey Forrey
Models | Mackenzey Forrey, Betty Kunz, Haley Saracusa, Marina Spencer

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Arzou & Ahmad’s Engagement Session | San Diego Engagement Portraits

Arzou & Ahmad’s Engagement Session | San Diego Engagement Portraits

I recently had the honor of assisting my friend and fellow photographer Elana Sacino of Starshine Photography with Arzou & Ahmad’s engagement portraiture session around the Gaslamp district in San Diego. One of the things that I love best about photography is the opportunity to meet new and amazing people like Arzou & Ahmad. Here are some of the shots that I captured during our stroll around Gaslamp.

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CASTING CALL: Student Athletes | San Diego Commercial Sports Portraiture

CASTING CALL: Student Athletes | San Diego Commercial Sports Portraiture

CASTING CALL for student athletes that have complete uniforms for any sport. This is a great opportunity for some amazing images for any age and/or gender athletes in the San Diego area! I have recently launched Varsity Imaging which will focus primarily on Commercial Sports Portraiture for youth, high school & college athletes.

I am currently recruiting a couple local athletes to do some test shoots in trade for their time as models.

Please email us at info@novakphotos.com and “LIKE” us on Facebook: Varsity Imaging

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Celebrity Championship 2013 | Marshall Faulk Foundation

Celebrity Championship 2013 | Marshall Faulk Foundation
I had the chance to attend the Celebrity Championship at the La Costa Resort and Spa over the weekend and volunteer my photography services on the 18th green. This event was hosted by the NFL iconic running back Marshall Faulk. This year the Celebrity Championship would benefit both The Marshall Faulk foundation & The Junior Seau foundation.

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Senior Portraits | La Jolla Lacrosse Commercial Portraits

Senior Portraits | La Jolla Lacrosse Commercial Portraits

I recently shot some senior portraits with a fellow photographer’s son that attends La Jolla High School, located in San Diego, California. When I found out that Luke plays lacrosse for the high school I immediately knew what sort of images I was going to create for him. I played lacrosse my entire life as a kid, through high school and college as well. The only regret is never having any “epic” shots of me in my uniform or while playing. I thought about what it would have meant to me to have some super sick images of myself, and that’s how I approached this setup. Luke was bought into the shoot as soon as I told him these would be as good as some Under Armour or Nike commercial ads.

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Outex Waterproof DSLR Housing | Surfing at San Elijo State Beach

Outex Waterproof DSLR Housing | Surfing at San Elijo State Beach
A couple of weeks ago I spent three days / nights camping out at San Elijo State Beach, just north of San Diego. This is a popular camping grounds for anyone from hardcore surfers, outdoor campers, to RV owners. The purpose behind this trip was to surf for a couple days with my brother & a friend that drove out from Vail, Colorado. I was super excited that my Outex waterproof DSLR housing came the day before I was planning on driving out to the camp site. The Outex is a flexible casing for DSLR and other interchangeable lens cameras (it works with mirrorless systems, too) created by founder JR deSouza and his cousin Roberto Miglioli based on their shared love of photography, a hand-me-down from their grandfather, and a lack of good affordable options on the market for protecting cameras during use in harsh conditions

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