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Wish They All Could Be California…

Sunsets!

Ahhhh. Now THIS is why we tolerate horrible traffic, pay insane taxes, and live with the neighbor’s house less than five feet away from all sides of our homes. Where else can you regularly witness Mother Nature ‘turning in’ with such spectacular, majestic glory?

[caption id="attachment_299" align="alignnone" width="436" caption="Wow!"]Wow![/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_298" align="alignnone" width="451" caption="Golden Sunset for the Golden State."]Golden Sunset for the Golden State.[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_300" align="alignnone" width="451" caption="Look at all those colors!!"]Look at all those colors!![/caption]

Sandstone Sports Center

I guess it’s just natural to assume that because we shoot kids (with a camera - of course!), that we also do sports photography. Afterall, sports and kids do go together like peanut butter and jelly. Yet few folks outside of the photographic community really appreciate the difference in skill set and equipment needed to produce really good action shots.

[caption id="attachment_308" align="alignnone" width="451" caption="Run Jakie, Run!"]Run Jakie, Run![/caption] [caption id="attachment_309" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="What an AMAZING shot!"]What an AMAZING shot![/caption]

Lucky for us, Steven seems to be good at anything he tries. I guess after 30+ years of practice, he should be! :)

[caption id="attachment_310" align="alignnone" width="435" caption="Soooo cute!"]Soooo cute![/caption]

Of course, being portrait photographers at heart, we couldn’t end this blog without a sport-related portrait shot…could we?  - Peggy and Steven

Our Second Edition of Pro Photo West Magazine

[caption id="attachment_291" align="alignnone" width="425" caption="Fall/October Edition"]Fall/October Edition[/caption]

I’m not kidding when I say creating this magazine is a lot like giving birth.

It’s one the most fun and frustrating activities we’ve undertaken in a long, long time. Yet, after all the long hours and hard work (and sometimes, even a few tears), the final edition is delivered from the publisher to our doorstep… and very much like a baby… is suddenly worth it all!

Sandstone Attends International Photographic Convention

THOUSAND OAKS, CA Steven and Peggy Roosa, of Sandstone Photography in Thousand Oaks, recently attended Imaging USA, one of the largest conventions (and tradeshows) designed exclusively for photography and imaging professionals. Over 7,500 photographers and vendors attended this event January 11-13 in Phoenix, Ariz.

“In today’s aggressive business market, I feel that I need every advantage to keep my business as a leader in our market. The education and networking that occurs at Imaging USA has become my edge.” commented Dennis Craft, 2008-09 PPA President.

Increasing the breadth of knowledge available, Imaging USA co-located with the Sport and Event Photography Conference (SEPCON), the Commercial Photography Conference, and the Evidence Photographers International Council’s EPIC School. By combining the resources of these four events, organizers provided the industry’s most diverse forum for photographic education.

With over 90 combined programs designed to improve artistic and business success, Imaging USA and its co-located events helped attendees increase their knowledge and skills in all photography specialties. These programs focused on topics from photographic techniques to the latest advancements in digital imaging, along with critical business education. Imaging USA also featured the Imaging Expo, a tradeshow with over 600 booths, highlighting the latest in photographic equipment, supplies, and services from the industry’s top vendors. In addition, PPA’s International Print Exhibition displayed over 2,500 award-winning photographs.

Imaging USA has established itself as the first major photographic event of the year. It began in 1884 as the annual convention and tradeshow for Professional Photographers of America and is the longest running national photographic convention, expo and image exhibition in the United States. In 2006, Imaging USA welcomed Adobe as an official sponsor of the Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for Photographers track, a sponsorship that continues today. In 2008, a new Business First educational track was added, sponsored by WHCC. For more information, visit www.imagingusa.org.

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So Happy Together…

When Ed and Nancy came to us looking for holiday prints for Christmas gifts, little did we know their portrait session would also double as a commemoration of their sixtieth wedding anniversary. Can you believe it? S-I-X-T-Y years together. Woe!

[caption id="attachment_280" align="alignnone" width="426" caption="They DO look happy together."]They DO look happy together.[/caption]

In our opinion, they don’t look old enough to have been married that length of time. And did you notice how happy they look together?

[caption id="attachment_281" align="alignnone" width="436" caption="Say 'Cheeze"!"]Say 'Cheeze"![/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_282" align="alignnone" width="434" caption="Smile Pretty..."]Smile Pretty...[/caption]

Congratulations Ed and Nancy! Here’s wishing you many, many more happy years of wedded bliss. - Steven and Peggy

Chasing Their Dreams

Cindie and Andy are dear friends of ours, who have (sadly) decided it’s time to pursue a life together outside of California, and (sadly), away from us. Although many of us tried to convince them otherwise, it seems they have their minds made up. So, Steven and I decided the very least we could do is document this fun-loving couple frolicking on the beach, one last time.

 

Although we already miss them terribly, we have these beautiful photos to help keep their memories fresh for us; especially during those times when all the email, phone calls, and text messaging in the world just won’t cut it.

 

And it’s not like we’re wanting for photos. For the past 9 years, Cindie has been Steven’s muse, posing for more of his award-winning work than we can count. Yet, there’s something about these beach shots that speaks to us. Maybe it’s the way they’re looking at each other. There’s no doubt they’re deeply in love!

 

Don’t believe us? Just take a look for yourself…

 

[caption id="attachment_228" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="So In Love"]So In Love[/caption] [caption id="attachment_223" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="California Dreamin"]California Dreamin[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_226" align="alignnone" width="326" caption="Lovin the Coastline "]Lovin the Coastline [/caption] [caption id="attachment_227" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="...and Lovin each Other"]...and Lovin each Other[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_225" align="alignnone" width="340" caption="In It Knee Deep"]In It Knee Deep[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_224" align="alignnone" width="334" caption="Off to Find Their New Lives..."]Off to Find Their New Lives...[/caption]

 

 

 

Hurry back you guys! We miss you already! - Peg and Steve (& Jarett too)

 

Laughing in the Snow…

 Okay, so maybe it wasn’t snowing outside.

 

In fact, it was a perfect SoCal day, with highs in the mid 70’s and a slight ocean breeze to match. But this was a holiday shoot, and I’m pretty certain it was snowing SOMEPLACE in the world…don’t you think?

 

Anyway, we had so much fun with this dynamic couple back in September, and were just thrilled beyond words that they thought of us when it came time to shoot their blossoming family. This time, Kevin and Stephanie brought along Stephanie’s little brother Mike, and Patty, his lovely bride-to-be.

 

As it turns out, little brother got a double-dose of the ‘just wanna have fun’ genes. He made us laugh so hard, we cried!

 

Of course, neither Stephanie or Patty are the type of women to be out done by a little ‘over acting’. They can definitely hold thier own in this family. Just take a look below, to see what I mean.

 

[caption id="attachment_203" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="What A Lovely Family!"]What A Lovely Family![/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_201" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Dynamic Duo!"]Dynamic Duo![/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_202" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em Robots!"]Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em Robots![/caption]

 

 Thanks for a wonderful time, guys! - Peg and Steve

Hey There, Girl!

What could be more perfect than spending the day enjoying Malibu’s surf and sand? Spending it with this gorgeous teen, modeling for us at sunset!

You don’t have to look too hard to quickly realize we were practically in a windstorm on this blustery September afternoon. As the evening came on, the temperature dropped dramatically, and although Taylor was shivering and shaking, and wearing Goosebumps almost the size of marbles, she was determined to work it to the very end. And work it she did! Talk about being a natural.

Talent agents, get in line! Potential beaus too. Something tells me this beauty has plenty of options.

[caption id="attachment_180" align="alignnone" width="358" caption="Sitting Pretty"]Sitting Pretty[/caption] [caption id="attachment_185" align="alignnone" width="385" caption="Taylor at Sunset"]Taylor at Sunset[/caption] [caption id="attachment_184" align="alignnone" width="353" caption="Strike a Pose!"]Strike a Pose![/caption] [caption id="attachment_183" align="alignnone" width="355" caption="Work it!"]Work it![/caption] [caption id="attachment_182" align="alignnone" width="370" caption="The Girl is FIERCE"]The Girl is FIERCE[/caption] [caption id="attachment_181" align="alignnone" width="483" caption="The Camera Loves Her!"]The Camera Loves Her![/caption]

Stephanie and Kevin’s Engagement Pics

After a week plagued with all sorts of computer problems on ALL 3 computers (sigh), we’re BACK! And this time we’re sharing photos of a great young couple, ready to spend the rest of their lives together. We met Stephanie and Kevin for the first time when they visited us last week for their engagement photos.

These two are a blast! Can’t you just tell how crazy they are about each other? It sure was obvious to us.

Now that we’re back on line, Steven’s working overtime getting the rest of their pics ready for them to view, but in the meantime, we chose 3 of our favorites to share here. I’m sure, you like them as much as we do.

[caption id="attachment_170" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="So happy together"]So happy together[/caption] [caption id="attachment_169" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="What a great looking couple!"]Happy, happy, joy, joy![/caption] [caption id="attachment_168" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Ready to Say "I Do"."]Ready to Say "I Do".[/caption]

Thanks so much for your patience Stephanie and Kevin. Please look for an email with the details of where to find the rest coming your way soon! - Peggy, Steven and Joanne

Just Horsing Around

I don’t know about you, but as a little girl back in South Georgia, I spent all my time dreaming of owning a horse. I read all the horse books I could get my hands on, collected the Breyer models, and even turned my day dreams of them into short stories stitched together by my mother on her Singer sewing machine. Well, when we were invited out to take some photos of Lacey and her children, I unwittingly found another horsey-soulmate! Only this lucky lady is living the dream! Not only does she own three beautiful horses, corralled right outside her back porch, there for her to touch or ride any time she likes, but she also has a beautiful family to share them with.

 

I’m so jealous! Something tells me that after you take a look at a few of the images below, you’ll be jealous too! - Peg

[caption id="attachment_159" align="alignnone" width="525" caption="What a Nice Family!"]What a Nice Family![/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_158" align="alignnone" width="518" caption="Kiss, kiss..."]Kiss, kiss...[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_157" align="alignnone" width="444" caption="Smile!"]Smile![/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_156" align="alignnone" width="420" caption="One of Our New Sandstone Photo.net Cover Girls! "]Our New Sandstone Photo Cover Girl! [/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_155" align="alignnone" width="505" caption="Lucky Girl!"]Lucky Girl![/caption]