Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hotel Casa Del Mar ... and a Camera

Things have been a little busy in the last week, but I have gotten a lot done! The dentist, dermatologist (you know, the stuff you put off) registration for Italian 102 and Art History, finishing an edit for a slideshow presentation and editing the photography job I had last weekend! Yes, that is right. I got paid to take pictures!

It was for two banquet nights at the Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica. As you can see, it was a very nice place on the water. It's actually right next to the famous Shutters on the Beach (Managed by the same man.) Wouldn't it be nice to stay there? I became a little obsessed with taking pictures of the Venetian chandeliers and of course the sunsets.

Anyway, the majority of the 395 (edited down) photos were of people but these are some of the more atmospheric shots.

The woman who hired me was very sweet, making sure I had something to eat. This was my cannoli and tiramisu! Yeah, went a little off the health food thing, but I did have some protein first!

By the way, the sunset shots were actually MUCH more vivid before uploading them to blogger. Why do photos always seem so much paler after being uploaded? Anyone?

Anyway, I worked at the art studio doing the front desk yesterday and today and tomorrow I'm hoping to work on a pastel that was giving me a little trouble. After that, I'm planning to head over to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, before the visiting Rafael leaves on Monday.

Nothing like waiting until the last minute!

Hope you are all having a beautiful weekend and thank you again for all the amazing comments on my last post. I have been truly moved by all of your sweet words and support.

You rule! :)
Seek to get in touch with the perfection of all things.
Know that you will be exactly where you have to be
in order to experience
what you choose,
as you go about creating
Who You Really Are.

~Conversations with God Book 3
Neal Donald Walsh


diana said...

Hey! Gorgeous work- well done you!!! My favorite is the base player :)

Blogger always waters down photos - it's one of the reasons I moved to Wordpress. A completely different level of crispness. It's a bit of work but so worth it. Especially with the quality of your work, which is so high.

xoxox lovely sunday.

Cobalt Violet said...

Thanks Diana! You are very sweet. I will think about wordpress, I am not the best on the computer though! Something to think about. The base player is my favorite too!

Love Accents Couture said...

Tantissimi complimenti da vero! (Italiano 102)! Let me know if you'll be needing help once you start lessons...
My favorites photo are; the bass player, simply because I want to be there also listening to some great vibes, watching marvellous sunsets and eating cannoli and tiramisu with you... in addition to all that, a glass of Moscato (sweet wine)! Your work is aewsomely beautiful.

Carol Bintorio said...

my beautiful friend....beautiful pictures :-)
Peace and Love,

melissa n. said...

wonderful shots ... beautiful place huh? looks like you had fun!! had i been in town i gladly would have been you assistant !!!!!

Cobalt Violet said...

Kirsten - Grazie! I may take you up on the help! Especially with the more difficult verb tenses - I am a little nervous to see how that goes!

Thanks Carol! Miss you!

Melissa ... Thanks and I should have known you'd been there since you live just a few miles away!

KathyA said...

Paid to take photos!!! Wonderful!

So are the sunsets, although wonderful just doesn't quite cover them.

Loree said...

Those susnet photos are beautiful and all the other photos are pretty wonderful too.

Maria said...

Lucinda, these photos are so beautiful! Everything is elegant and sophisticated :)

Andras said...

Lovely shots!!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Lucinda! What fab pictures; I really ENVIE people who can take a wonderful photo. I have very talented in many areas, BUT PHOTOGRAPHY! That is why I am always on the hunt for a wonderful photo. Thank you for coming and YES, isn't that photo of the EYELASHES FABULOUS? ANd I grew up in L.A. and have fond memories of Santa go back one day!


UIFPW08 said...

Hi Cobalt Violet, thanks for visit my Blog. It 'incredible to read that you eat in Santa Monica "cannoli"and "tiramisu". Really compliments the guests will be found very well.
My compliments for the beautiful photographs, they are really wonderful. Have a nica day

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Oh so gorgeous Lu!! You know how to pull me in and captivate my soul..these are truly magical shots..and pure poetry! I am in love with photo#2!! wow! very cool!
They are all mega-gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing such a magical time!

hey..i know what you photos are always paler too..less impact than how they appear to me!

Beautiful post...thanks for visiting me too..always makes me shine!
have a fabulous week!

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Leovi said...

The whole series is great, but my favorites are those backlights silhouetted palm trees on those skies with warm tones of your dreams, a wonder.

jane said...

you are surrounded by creativity. i want your life...

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Busy Bee, you are! I hope the ones who hired you loved the photos...The guy on bass is my favorite....oh and the dessert as well!!

PK Studios said...

GREAT PICS! Wish I could have been there to visit.... They need to hire you for San Diego next year! Did you send these to Emily? She would LOVE them.

Ola said...

oh, this place was so elegant! and the colors are bright as far as I can see that:)