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Where are you usually working on a Thursday afternoon?  If you are The Good Photographer,  you might find yourself on the Wet Deck of the W Hotel Hollywood embroiled in a full blown pool party with a club DJ rocking the pool and photographing a special promotions event hosted by Egg Beauty Labs.

Talk about making the middle of your week a little more bearable. If you want to play hooky from work, here’s how you can go this Thursday - Drais Pool Party “Friends with Benefits”- click on Get on the List and start practicing coughing around your boss and mentioning how you can’t turn off the AC at night at your place.  If you can’t make this Thursday, this event will be going on a few more weeks, so see if you can get some friends organized for a timely influenza outbreak sometime in August!

So back to last weeks party- after partying down and swimming in the pool, you had your chance to get a massage in one of the poolside cabanas, or come up to where I think the real action was on the deck above the pool.

Here you could find the good people from Dermalogica, Gelish, Style Bar Beverly Hills and Helen of Troy Hot Tools giving some seriously amazing treatments to some very lucky ladies while some very lucky guys looked on (well, they were all in bikinis).

Whether they were getting their faces pampered, their nails painted with bright summer colors, or hair and makeup done- I think you can see the event was a smashing success.

Also seen- some of Youtubes best known Beauty Bloggers- Sonia Castaneda, Deserey Morales from Dezired Beauty, and Carley Wouters from Ms. Carly California

Kudos to my buddy Barry Shaich, a Renaissance man with a plan, a genius in the beauty promotions biz, and a favorite client of mine who organized this killer event and all the participants who were able to create some serious buzz about their companies.  My only regret is I didn’t get a good shot of the B-Man with all the babes in bikinis around him.

But I did get some killer shots of the event below- check them out and enjoy your own mini mid week vacation!

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I like a good birthday party.

Here we have a beautiful clearing on an idyllic Malibu hillside transformed into a first class dinner and concert venue right in front of  your very eyes.

Does The Good Photographer shoot birthday parties?  Oh, you bet.  Particularly if they get the magical touch of a top Los Angeles Wedding Designer.

I’ll give bonus points for doing it for a super successful surgeon in a cutting edge medical field who is a very generous and down to earth guy.  It kind of makes you wonder where he gets the time to be lead guitarist in his own band.  Seriously.

If you’re looking to set up a high end event like this for yourself, I will be happy to make the introduction to this planner (who doesn’t even advertise anywhere!) and I guarantee YOUR event will be off the charts, just like this one was.

Can you think of a better way to spend a summer night in Malibu?

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I nominate doing destination wedding photography at Villa Caletas in Jaco Costa Rica as probably one of the most exciting things I’ve done this year.  Bryn and Andres in the best spirits of adventure and curiosity brought 50 of their closest family members and friends from 3 countries- the US, Peru and Costa Rica, all together to celebrate one of the most beautiful and heartfelt weddings The Good Photographer has ever had the pleasure of attending.

Pura Vida!  This is the Costa Rican equivalent of La Dolce Vita and Carpe Diem all rolled into one, and that’s certainly an apt description for this wedding.

A 5 Star resort that over looks the Pacific Ocean, it’s pretty tough to beat a sunset wedding in gorgeous tropical weather with a colorful pastel sky that would make a renaissance painter think that he had died and gone to heaven.  Built out of solid stone like some medieval Spanish Castle, everything is about as heavy as a boulder, and I don’t imagine when the architects built this place they were thinking of doing any remodeling in the next century or two…

Outside of the wedding, guests were treated to a Skyline tour of the local arroyo, crossed many long breath taking suspension bridges, and zip lined on lines so long that when I jumped off the platform and was hurtling through the air I wondered where the heck the next would show up.

But of course all this amazing nature was simply a backdrop for what we were really all there for- the celebration of Bryn and Andres love- and to just soak up all the overwhelming joy felt by all.  With delicious tropical umbrella drinks in hand.

Do you love the modern engagement ring and band?  It’s not just gorgeous, but it also puts together like a puzzle ring.  This is the brilliant design of my friend and client Adam Neeley.

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While The Good Photographer is always thinking of new and innovative ways to shoot couples, families and weddings, sometimes he gets a really cool assignment- like an honest to goodness fall fashion catalog.  This is the second season I’ve shot for Stiletto, a fantastic company and really a model client.  Loralee Dreibus, owner and head designer, knows exactly what she wants and trusts me to get it done- and that’s why she’s awesome. Look for the Stiletto brand next time you’re shopping at a high end retail shop!

With the talent of Jacqueline DePaul in front of my lens, and some great styling assistance we ripped out an entire catalog in an afternoon.  That is some seriously fast photography, but that is The Good Photographer in action!

If you give an image you like a click, it will bring up a larger version.  Enjoy!

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What fun to take a great looking couple like Dean Larit and Cheryl Perkins out for a couples shoot in Pasadena.  If you think you may have seen Dean before, you just may have on your TV- he’s often working his good looks on daytime soaps like Days of Our Lives.

Cheryl has been my friend for many years and I’m really pleased she’s hooked up with someone as smart, funny and full of personality as Dean.  Cheryl is a nutritionist and a great consultant for getting your life back in balance .  If you’re ever thinking you could clean up what you’re eating, or would like to get your house back from the stuff that has taken it over, go and check out her website.

http://www.creating-balance.net/

We had so much fun on this quick little shoot that Dean was surprised that so much time had passed after we were done.

That’s when I as a photographer know that it’s all working the way it should- everyone is having a good time and great pictures like these are going into my camera.  To be honest, I hardly was aware of the time passing myself!

I have always admired these tile murals and thank you to Dean and Cheryl for giving me a chance to use them.

You can click on the pics to view the full sized image if you’d like.  They’re also in the Portraits section of my Portfolio.  Check them out!

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