Category Archives: Event Photography

今までに最高の一年は?

event_28sp2010年。これはサンタバーバラ市のサマーソルステスパレードの様子である。ダンサーのコスチュームは、美しく明るいオレンジ色に明るい青色、そしてアクセントのゴールドがあちらこちらに。こんないい写真が撮れたような一年だから、写真的に言えば2010年は僕の最高の年だ。Vanessa Isaac

皆さんもそんな一年がありますか?

French Festival

A friend of mine’s friend was visiting from France and she wasn’t too happy about our French Festival. “None of these are really French!”, so she said.  I thought the French Bakery was French enough to me. I got myself a lemon pie. French_011LRフランスから遊びにきていた僕の友達の友達が、フランス祭りについて、すこし腹をたてていました。”ぜんぜんフランスじゃな〜い”とのことでしたが、ぼくにとっては、おいしいレモンパイは十分にフランスしていました。

Here’s some kind of dance performance on French SeductionFrench_091LRセクシーなフランス誘惑のダンスの一部です。

She was singing in FrenchFrench_009LRフランス語でちゃんと歌を唄っていました。

Only 5686 miles to France (9150 kilometers)French_018LR
フランスまでは、9150キロだそうです。

Definitely not FrenchFrench_097LRフレンチダンサーではなくて、ベリーダンサー

 

The Renaissance represents a period from the 14th through the middle of  17th centuries in Europe.

ルネッサンスは14世紀から17世紀半ばまでの、ヨーロッパの時期

 

The French GuillotineIMG-20160717-WA0006ギロチンにての最期

 

More images from Santa Barbara’s 28th French Festival
第28回フランス祭りの様子

Endangered Species Protection/Birthday Party Event

Big Life Foundation was what my friend Donna’s mind when she wanted to celebrate her 50th birthday, so she planned a Safari theme birthday party as in sort of trial-run party for a fundraiser for Big Life Foundation in  May 2013.
私の友ダナが50歳の誕生日会パーティーを考えていたときに、来年の5月に行なう予定のビッグライフ財団の募金活動の試しパーティーをと思い、サファリテーマの誕生日会パーティをやってみようと試みました。

Big Life Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Africa’s wildlife and ecosystems founded in September 2010 by photographer Nick Brandt in urgent response to the recent dramatic escalation in poaching across much of Africa.
ビッグライフ財団は、アフリカ全体で最近の密猟が劇的に上昇したことに緊急対応で写真家ニック·ブラントによって2010年9月に設立された生態系の保全を目的とする非営利組織です。

Donna and her animals (girls) are getting ready to perform.
ダナと彼女の動物たちが演劇の準備

Show time!! ショータイム!!

All kinds of “animals”. いろんな “動物” がいます

Monkey makes move on a sexy tiger.  お猿さんが虎をナンパ中

We also did “Wall Of Fame” session of these animals. Wall Of Fame (WOF) is a fun photography service sort of like deluxe version of prom photography that let you be whatever and do whatever you wish.  Yes, you can say it’s the prom photos on steroid as in “anything goes”, and is always a big hit at events such as corporate parties, holiday parties, birthday party and of course wedding receptions.  Just explore your alter ego, and be formal, semi-formal, informal, funky, spunky, cool, goofy, sexy, cute, pretty, DMV-ish, wild and crazy.  We can shoot singles, groups, brothers, sisters, family and more!  It’s definitely a fun time for everybody!  Simon Cowell says, “Get your freaky Paula Abdul on” (or not).

Penguin

Birds of Paradise

Tigers

Cat

Zebra

Tourist

Cowboy

Monkey

Cheetah

Tribe man

Sexy cat

Eventually thirty-six of these animals will make into a 20×30 poster. (Samples below – Creature Series)
Hip Brazil – Summer Solstice 2010 / Santa Barbara, California

Renaissance Festival / San Luis Obispo, California

SBJPG/Santa Barbara Japan Photography Group
Big Life Foundation

So, we’d like to make next fundraising party (May 2013) into a largest annual celebration. It is a time for activists, donors, volunteers, and all animal supporters to gather and send messages and stop those who kill animals for profit. Anyone interested in assisting with this year’s celebration should contact Donna Fertig (donnafertig@facebook.com) or at ‘phone number’ or by email.
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Michael Jackson 3rd Anniversary

I went up over the San Ysidro Valley to Michael’s (ex) Neverland Valley Ranch where he once called home.  I was going through a tough time on my own that very day, my tear that day was not only for Michael but also for my own.

I arrived early enough no one was there just yet.

Many personalized messages to Michael were around the property’s gate.

Also messages on the wall.

It looked like bunch of kids from a small school were here too.

A message was carved in a rock.

These two sisters flew in from China for this.

Mary from LA having a small picnic.

More people started to show up.

A small local TV also showed up.

It was a good visit for me.  I rarely do such things.  I know that that period of time for me had a significant personal meaning than just the death of the greatest entertainer  of our time.  I think I knew what it meant that day.  Thanks Michael, and rest well.

Mary also showed me her production of Michael Jackson Short (2 min) Movie.  If you like to check it out here.

Rising Opera Stars Performing Art

I can’t remember how many times I said “WOW” internally while I was listening to several young opera singers perform at the Granada Theater this afternoon.  It’s a part of OPERA SANTA BARBARA’s free concert at noon series.  Just simply amazing!!!  (Thank you Granada Theater and Opera Santa Barbara!)

This is the main theater inside of the Granada; however, we were gently directed to a smaller more intimate theater on 2nd floor for this afternoon’s performance.

 

Drag in the Funk Zone!

When I saw a drag show for the first time ever at a local bar many many and many moons ago, it made a quite an impact on me.  She dressed like Madonna and lip-syncing to one of her song (now I can’t remember which song that was).  I knew she was a dude, but she looked soooo good and danced very well up on the stage that I had to go back stage after the show and tell her she was an excellent performer.  I think I was hoping to see Madonna-like person back there, but I found a little Mexican dude without his wig and makeup half off sitting at his makeup table and said to me “THANK YOU” with very low male voice (thus, lip-syncing). I was heart-broken right there right then.  I think it was my first time and the last time that I felt like I was watching a woman perform, not a drag queen.  SBJPG was there to photograph the event.

Drag in the Funk Zone was a drag show last weekend at THE PUB in a little artsy fartsy section called “Funk Zone” in Santa Barbara.

If you like to see more images from this event, click here.
More info on SBJPG/Santa Barbara Japan Photography Group

Ventura Music Festival (Local Rock Picnic)

SBJPG covered a music event Local Rock Picnic (Teenager Music Festival) last Saturday afternoon.  It’s a part of Ventura Music Festival.  So many talented kids.   http://www.venturamusicweek.com

Local Rock Picnic was a music, art  and community event in Ventura

All ages and animal friendly event

Plaza Park, Downtown Ventura

The man behind the event: Brain Parra (c) and his team

SBJPG/Santa Barbara Japan Photography Group