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Monthly Archives: August 2008

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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 Cover Girls! "]Our New Sandstone Photo Cover Girl! [/caption]


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

Fun with Baby & Props

Earlier this week, Joanne had the chance to photograph this beautiful 6 month old baby, using some of our favorite props, and others borrowed from friends and family. The results were priceless! Check out below to see for yourself. 

These images were taken Tuesday afternoon, in a public park in Ventura, California. Talk about keeping it all in the family; this beautiful baby’s aunt and cousin hung around to help. In fact, her young cousin even held the light reflector for Joanne! Now, that’s teamwork. Obviously, everyone’s efforts really paid off. I’m sure you’ll agree: These photos are fantastic!

[caption id="attachment_148" align="alignnone" width="433" caption="Umm ummm good!"]Umm ummm good!

[/caption] [caption id="attachment_145" align="alignnone" width="654" caption="Perfect Little Angel!"]Perfect Little Angel!


[caption id="attachment_146" align="alignnone" width="468" caption="So Pretty"]So Pretty[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_147" align="alignnone" width="508" caption="My Little Tea Cup"]My Little Tea Cup[/caption]

More of Martina

We just got some press pics of Miss Martina for the Boobapalooza Breast Cancer Fundraiser this coming Saturday night, so I decided to share a few with you here.


Isn’t she beautiful? And so compassionate too, agreeing to help us out like this on less than one week’s notice. Thanks so much Martina! - Peg

PENTHOUSE Pet Supporting Boobapalooza (Breast Cancer Fundraiser)

Hang on to your hats everybody, because you’re not gonna believe this.

The beautiful and talented Martina Warren, PENTHOUSE Magazine’s 2005 Pet of the Year, has agreed to join us in our fight against breast cancer by attending the Boobapalooza Fundraiser in Camarillo, CA this Saturday, August 23, from 4 -9pm.

Stop on by, and you can not only meet this lovely woman, but for a small donation, can have your photograph made with her too! That’s right. Take a few moments to meet Martina in person, and chat with her, for whatever amount you can donate. No amount is too small. And when your finished, take home a souvenir to remember this once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

[caption id="attachment_119" align="alignnone" width="539" caption="Martina Warren, model & centerfold"]Martina Warren, model [/caption]

Just when we thought this event simply couldn’t get any more exciting, it did. in a HUGE way!

If you’re going to be in the area, why don’t you stop by and check it out, and meet Martina at the same time? The $25 entrance fee not only covers all the food and fun you can handle, but is also tax deductible too.

You can view Paula Hultman’s Evite with all the details for yourself at

 And here’s the link to the Susan G. Komen Foundations Site too

Doing Our Part at Boobapalooza (Breast Cancer Fundraiser)

What exactly is a Boobapalooza, you may be asking?

Well, it’s a breast cancer fundraiser being held this coming Saturday night (August 23) in Camarillo, CA. The event is being hosted by the Hultman’s at their beautiful home on 2124 Paseo Noche, from 4 to 9pm.  Steven and I haven’t met the Hultman’s before, but Joanne knows them through her other charity work, and she keeps telling us what a wildly fun couple they are. As if the tag line for their event didn’t already give it away?!?

Check this out:

[caption id="attachment_107" align="aligncenter" width="900" caption="Isn't this GREAT??"]Isn't this GREAT??[/caption]

See what I mean?

We here at Sandstone are so honored to be able to help out such a worthy cause. Not only will we be the event photographers, but we’re also setting up a booth where we’ll be taking and giving away photographs in lieu of donations, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

If you’re going to be in the area, why don’t you stop by and check it out? The $25 entrance fee not only covers all the food and fun you can handle, but is also tax deductible too. We’re gonna have a wild and crazy time!

You can view Paula Hultman’s Evite with all the details for yourself at

 And here’s the link to the Susan G. Komen Foundations Site too

Where’s Sandstone Photographers Been Lately?

I’m not certain how many of you know this, but besides working at Sandstone with Joanne, Steven and I also do double duty as the Co-Editors of ProPhotoWest Magazine, the award winning quarterly publication of the Professional Photographers of California  So, every three months or so, we suddenly get swamped with work related to the magazine, which is lots of fun, but really crazy-hectic at the same time. In my opinion, putting together the magazine is a lot like having a baby. The work is hard and completely consuming, with the time required to complete the task finite, but in the end, the final results are so worth it! We’ve even been accused of beaming at our new little magazine like proud parents. Maybe that’s because sometimes we almost feel like we are!

Our First Pro Photo West Issue


You can check out the PDF version of our inaugural issue at

Our Autumn issue is in the works now, and is scheduled to ship from the printer in early October. Check back then for an update on how it all went, and a link to that issue too.

So, what does Joanne do while Steven and I are off selling ads, chasing down contributors, and creating the actual magazine! Anything she wants!

As it turns out, this is the perfect time for her to hone her photographic and artistic talents by working on pet projects, very close to her heart. If you have the time, take a moment to check out her latest efforts, coming here very soon.

And what about Jarett, you may be asking yourself? He’s been busy leading his own life, preparing for his freshman year of college at Santa Monica, moving into his first apartment, practicing with the varsity football team, and registering for Fall courses. So he hasn’t been shooting as much as he (or I) would like. However, he does have a glamour shoot scheduled with two beautiful professional models; Laura and Eryka of the California Ring Girls. So, he’ll be getting back behind the lens here very soon. - Peg


Steven Does It Again! (Earns International Awards)

I really shouldn’t be surprised. And I’m not. Not really. But I guess sometimes I forget how really good a photographer Steven really is.  Well, this week I got a nice reminder. What a way to jog the old memory banks, huh?!

Congratulations Babe. You did good! - Peg

PS - Most of these images are available for viewing on our Web site, at, or by clicking the WEBSITE button at the top of this page.

Isn’t She Sweet? (Dahlia’s Toddler Session)

Awwwee! Isn’t she sweet?

Sugar and spice, and everything nice… This little girl absolutely stole our hearts away.

All of us had a wonderful time with Dahlia, laughing, playing, and making funny faces together. She was a complete doll, making our job easy by giving us lots of faces with tons of expression. And believe it or not, the natural talent in front of the camera runs in the family!

Speaking of which - we owe her big sis Marissa (not shown) a big THANK YOU for all her assistance on this shoot. Marissa was absolutely terrific, helping out in just about every way. (In fact, she almost made me feel guilty about not having been a better big sister when I was her age.)

I’m betting that if you look closely, you can pick out the shots where Marissa was making funny faces and exaggerated sneezing sounds behind Steven’s back!

We are SO looking forward to doing this beautiful family’s holiday portraits! - Peg, Steven and Joanne

[caption id="attachment_91" align="alignnone" width="700" caption="My Pretty Tea Set"]My Pretty Tea Set[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_90" align="alignnone" width="507" caption="Tea Anyone?"]Tea Anyone?[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_89" align="alignnone" width="800" caption="Pretty in Green!!"]Pretty in Green!![/caption]


[caption id="attachment_88" align="alignnone" width="800" caption=""Silly Bear...""]"Silly Bear..."[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_87" align="alignnone" width="476" caption="Momma's Girl"]Momma's Girl[/caption]