Give away for the month of November

Yes it’s a give away for the month of November but you must live in Southern California, why because it’s a $200.00 PHOTO SHOOT for free here in sunny California at my lake, or my park or my old town ! Just leave comments, and your in to win. The more comments you leave the more papers with your name goes into the cookie jar, and if you planning on coming to California any time soon, the Photo shoot is good for up to a year ! Soooo the give away starts now ! This photo shoot was taken in old town Lake Elsinore.






The give away ends December 3th, and yes you can have your pictures back before Christmas !

Good Luck ! 

Linus bike shop

Biking down Abbot Kinney drive in Venice beach I saw a few more cool vintage shops. I liked this very shabby chic beach shack. It had a lot of wonderful french garden urns.  1502 Abbot Kinney dr. Venice Beach.

Now I was too embarrassed to admit I could not find the Linus bike shop the first time Kim and I came here to Venice Beach, so when I  finally found  it I  was thrilled ….

The shop was at  1413 1/2 Abbot Kinney Blvd., which was down a path that’s why I had such a hard time finding it.

It was worth the wait…

These bikes were so retro French chic  , I loved the thin style of these bikes, but the price was a little high.

About $500.00 to start , I would have loved to have  purchased one,  I was swept  away by the charm of these beautiful bikes. Anyone who walk by stopped and  noticed  how very different these bikes were. The seats and  handle bars  were brown leather, and the bikes had a slim retro  body, they had custom baskets and side-saddle bags, they were just plain cool.  Another very cool French chic shop I found was French 50’s-60’s right down the street at 1427 Abbot Kinney Blvd. The owner Michele Summerlath has been collecting and dealing French antiques for over 30 years, but this whimsical store is mid-century modern. Lighting, abstract art, shaggy rugs and accessories are abundance here, and it looks like  Brigitte Bardot’s boudoir in a Godard film.  I can imagine Brigitte Bardot in her white slim jeans and her striped black and beige sweater, her hair swept up in a french twist,  riding a Linus style  bike down a beautiful old street in Paris. Then of course she goes into her  very french chic decorated boudoir for a glass of wine. That’s how this very cool Venice beach town makes me feel. Summer is coming  to an end, and I can say I enjoyed every moment of it, I  hope everyone has a wonderful week .

The magic of photography

Poolside with my retro camera , and it really works, a little present from Darrill. It’s all about the perfect picture for any photographer, the perfect angle , the perfect setting. I love the magic of photography, creating a moment in time to be cherish forever. A moment in life we can experience again  and again that only a picture can capture . A moment we can be ageless…





Simply natural photography, a natural setting,  simply who we really are , or maybe someone we want to be .Before I take a picture, I study the subject, I look at all the ways in which a person can look. You will be surprised on how many different looks you can get in one photo shoot. 







Ready, say cheese. Being in front of a camera brings out the best in almost everyone. 







Every women should have their picture taken, and release their inhibitions, to feel beautiful and   free…even if it’s just for a moment…




…it’s the magic of photography.



Photos by Darrill Andries