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Puppy Birthday Party | Yokosuka Pet Photography | KRUSH Photography

For some of us, our pets are our children too. And for my daughter whose only sibling is grown up and out of the house, ours is also her sister and best friend.

Meet Molly.

We found Molly just hours after I landed back in San Diego (home at the time) from a business trip. My husband asked what I wanted to do, and we ended up going to the Farmer’s Market in Little Italy, which is probably San Diego’s biggest Farmer’s Market of the week…every Saturday.

Anyway, I stopped at the ATM to pull out some money, crossed the street where she was being cuddled by another couple, and I instantly fell in love (with Molly…not the couple). I was pretty surprised that my husband said it was okay, and we took her home and didn’t even look at any other booths that day. And the rest is history.

Today, May 5th, also known as Cinco de Mayo or Children’s Day in Japan, is also Molly’s 4th birthday, and her sister was insistent on throwing her a little party. So today was the first time that I made a cake (from scratch, no less) for a member of my family. I feel a little guilty that it was for the dog, but really, it was quite simple.

We invited Molly’s current best friend, Blue (Molly loves Blue more than Blue loves Molly), my daughter made party hats, I made the cupcakes, and they had a little photoshoot. 2 dogs in a small space isn’t exactly the easiest to shoot, but it was fun nonetheless.

I hope you enjoy these fun little shots!

Birthday Girl...4 today! A quick shot before her guest arrived

Birthday Girl…4 today! A quick shot before her guest arrived

Sisters

Sisters

Pupcakes...homemade. Not the prettiest thing, but they were fresh, and apparently delicious. The color is an egg white wash

Pupcakes…homemade. Not the prettiest thing, but they were fresh, and apparently delicious. The color is an egg white wash

Party hats...compliments of her sister. Her's says "4" and Blue's says "Best Friend." <3

Party hats…compliments of her sister. Her’s says “4” and Blue’s says “Best Friend.” <3

Obligatory Party Hat shot

Obligatory Party Hat shot

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Okay, so maybe this is a little bit fun...

Okay, so maybe this is a little bit fun…

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Let's bring out the props!

Let’s bring out the props!

This is exhausting...I think we've had enough...

This is exhausting…I think we’ve had enough…

But wait….

CAKE TIME!!!!

CAKE TIME!!!!

Blue ate hers in one gulp and was outta there.

Teen Modeling Portfolio | Yokosuka Modeling Portraits | KRUSH Photography

It’s so difficult to decide what my favorite thing is to shoot, but helping an aspiring model to build her portfolio is definitely one of them.

This session was both on location in Yokohama, as well as in our studio. It was a long day for her, but we were just getting her prepared for what’s to come. The life of a model can be tiring and can sometimes last up to 18 hours in a single day. We didn’t go that long, but we didn’t want to scare her off before she got started. =)

Not only was she a trooper during the shoot, but we spent quite a few hours leading up to this shoot shopping for outfits and picking a wardrobe with some different options for her.

Say hello to Julia, who did an amazing job on her shoot, and was strong all the way through. Cold weather in a strapless dress isn’t as easy as she makes it look! I look forward to working with her again in the near future!

Makeup by Rosie Hunter Makeup Artistry out of Yokosuka, Japan
Wardrobe selection by KRUSH Photography

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Kyoto Kitashirakawa ramen Sakigake-ryoku-ya | Foodie Friday | KRUSH Photography

Today I’m going to share a few photos from our visit to Kyoto Kitashirakawa ramen Sakigake-ryoku-ya. This particular location is found in Asahina, which isn’t too far from where I live, and the ramen is delicious. And I hear the fried rice is as well.

The way the location is set up, it appears that this place gets pretty busy, but we went at about 2:30, and although it was pretty busy when we first arrived, it died down quite a bit when we were ready to leave.

As you can see from the photos below, there are many toppings to choose from, as well as many menu options as well.

So, SO much garlic. So if you love garlic, and you love ramen, this is the place for you!

entrance ramen shop asahina

entrance ramen shop asahina

menu and toppings ramen shop asahina

menu and toppings ramen shop asahina

menu ramen shop asahina

menu ramen shop asahina

menu ramen shop asahina

menu ramen shop asahina

menu ramen shop asahina

menu ramen shop asahina

ramen shop asahina

ramen shop asahina

toppings ramen shop asahina

toppings ramen shop asahina

menu details ramen shop asahina

menu details ramen shop asahina

dining area ramen shop asahina

dining area ramen shop asahina

dining area ramen shop asahina

dining area ramen shop asahina

waiting area ramen shop asahina

waiting area ramen shop asahina

waiting area ramen shop asahina

waiting area ramen shop asahina

ramen shop asahina

ramen shop asahina

Kamakura Rooftops Cafe & Diner | Foodie Friday | KRUSH Photography

Kamakura, Japan is a famous tourist location, better known as the home of the Great Buddha. But it should also be known as the home of one of the best American burgers…at least in Japan.

Following it’s namesake, it is found on the rooftop of one of the buildings close to the JR Kamakura Station. As you exit the station, walk forward, but more towards the left where you’ll see a decent sized bright red tori gate – the entrance way to many great shops.

As you turn down this street, you’ll see a Baskin Robbins immediately at your left. Look up, and you’ll find the signs for the many other establishments that share the building, including the sign for Kamakura Rooftops Cafe & Diner on the 6th floor.

Walk in to the little entrance way just past the Baskin Robbins, and you’ll see stairs and an elevator. Although it might be a good idea to get a head start on burning some of those calories, we opted for the elevator.

As you step off the elevator, you’ll see that it’s got a rustic look to it. Plenty of seating and great views, and although we went during lunch on a weekday, you can tell this place is probably hopping on weekends and evenings, and I’m sure the view is just as beautiful at night.

They have a pretty decent size menu (including some popular American beers) with lots of pre-designed options and toppings including avocado, pineapple, and grilled avocado, but you can also add any toppings you wish to the existing burgers items. Not only that, you have the option to get a full sized burger, but you can also get a half burger, which was the perfect size for me. And for another 400 yen, you can make it a set which includes 2 side items (I recommend the fried potatoes), and a drink.

The hand made burgers were absolutely delicious….seasoned perfectly. I will definitely be back again, and if you like burgers, I recommend you check it out soon too! You don’t know what you’re missing!

You can also check out their website at http://www.rooftops.jp

Visit us again to see where we go next week!

Cindy Palmer
KRUSH Photography

Entrance

Entrance

Front Room

Front Room

Stairway to the roof

Stairway to the roof

Back Room

Back Room

Half Burger!

Half Burger!

Kamakura Rooftops Cafe & Diner

Kamakura Rooftops Cafe & Diner

A Beauty Portrait Session | San Diego Portraits | KRUSH Photography

There’s just something about working one-on-one with a client. This is why I enjoy shooting senior sessions, modeling and acting portfolio building sessions, and boudoir. You get to really know your client…their likes, their laugh, and how they like to have fun.

Meet Lauren. She’s a Freshman in College. Fun, sweet, intelligent, and as you can see, beautiful.

Here are just a few shots from a recent photography session we did.

A huge thank you to Brittney Ciampoli who did an amazing job on her make up. Absolutely flawless, yet natural.

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Cellar 3 | San Diego Craft Beer Scene | KRUSH Photography

Cellar 3 Green Flash

Now that I’m back to blogging, it’s time to get some of these brewery images out there.

For those who don’t know me, I have many loves. My family, traveling, photography, good food, animals, art, wine, and beer. Well, really beer is more my husband’s love, but I love to try new things, and I DO love stouts, so I tag along. Plus it gives me an opportunity to meet new people and photograph something different. Plus, there’s just something about a brewery that’s laid back and relaxing.

For those of you who are familiar with the local San Diego craft brew scene, I’m sure you’ve gone out there and checked out some of the popular names, Better yet, you’ve taken advantage of some of the tours.

Yesterday we were fortunate enough to tour Cellar 3, better known as a Green Flash, but their newest location in Poway (they opened just 2 weekends ago), just outside of San Diego.

The tour was just $5 and included 3 tasters, normally $1.25 for Green Flash brews and $2.25 Cellar 3, so you do the math.

So if you like beer, definitely check them out. Well worth it.

Oh, and they have a food truck, which is bonus, and really awesome as well with a great selection.

San Diego Craft Beer Menu

San Diego Craft Beer Menu

Tasters

Tasters

Wall Art

Wall Art

Bar

Bar

Tasting Room (indoors)

Tasting Room (indoors)

Bar Display - fisheye view

Bar Display – fisheye view

Cellar 3 Green Flash

Cellar 3 Green Flash

Entrance Room

Entrance Room

Tasters - Fisheye view

Tasters – Fisheye view

Tasters

Tasters

Wall art

Wall art

Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs

Rollers

Rollers

Rollers

Rollers

Beach House Ale Taster 1

Beach House Ale Taster 1

Wine and Whiskey Barrels

Wine and Whiskey Barrels

Tour Guide

Tour Guide

Racks. Don't pull the nails...

Racks. Don’t pull the nails…

Bottling Station

Bottling Station

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

Tanks

Tanks

Tour

Tour

More tasters

More tasters

Natura Morta with cranberry

Natura Morta with cranberry

A little lesson

A little lesson

Can't wait for the plum!!!

Can’t wait for the plum!!!

And more tasters

And more tasters

Silva Stout - my fave

Silva Stout – my fave

End of the tour

End of the tour

 

A Dance Session | San Diego Photographer | KRUSH Photography

Dance.

Poised. Precise. Elegant.

It’s what I’ve grown up loving.

I was never lucky enough to be able to take ballet lessons, and so now I live vicariously through my clients by getting to photograph it.

Please take a moment to enjoy and appreciate this very talented dancer and what we were able to capture for her, here in San Diego.

And with the “May Grey” and “June Gloom” season upon us, the clouds were especially good to us for her session. Most people love sunny weather, and we do too, but there’s just something about a cloudy day that makes for perfect lighting and closer to dusk, a lot of moodiness that we here at KRUSH Photography thrive on. It was a win-win for us on this particular evening! Things couldn’t have been better…gorgeous client, amazing theme, and perfect weather.

We love what we do!

Dance/Ballet

Dance/Ballet

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A Business Journey – From Start to Finish (maybe)

Last month I decided it was time to close up shop in beautiful San Diego in preparation for our move back to Japan where we’ll be calling home for the next 3 years. And with that move, I decided it would be a perfect time for change. I mean why keep things simple by leaving them as they are, right?

So, I’ve got this great idea (or maybe not…only time will tell) to start a blog post that I’ll update on a weekly basis. Each week I will post goals, and the following week, post if I followed through or not, give any pertinent updates, and set new goals.

So, are you ready?

WEEK 1:

Goals: Decide who my ideal client is, and put it in writing. Find the most popular social media sites for browsing, and for service shopping.

So….

What social media platforms do you spend the most time on?

FB? Twitter? Google+? IG? Pinterest? LinkedIn?
Something else?

How about when you’re looking for a service? Same, or something along the lines of Yelp or Google or word of mouth?

Week 2: Bombed.
It’s just an excuse, but there’s a lot going on with the move.

Week 3:

Completed: Nothing. AGH!!
I have half of my ideal client written down.
The social media sites are all over the place. But research shows FB has the most users, but I’m finding the most interaction is on Instagram. No leads though. I figured since I’m in limbo, that won’t happen for awhile.

Goal:

Finish the ideal client write up.
Post at least 1 blog post this week.
Add at least 1 new photo a day to Instagram.

San Diego Pinup | Mini Studio Sessions

For those of you who don’t know me, my family and I will be leaving the San Diego area in about 5 months. It’s both a sad and happy thing. Sad in that I am a SoCal girl at heart (I grew up in Santa Barbara), and I really do love San Diego and so many things about it. But happy in that as of right now, the move will take us back to Japan which I also very much miss. And if I could combine best of the two, I would never, ever, want to live anywhere else.

Anyway, with this move, I feel like I may have a difficult time in shooting boudoir which is what I’ve been mainly putting all of my efforts in for the past year and a half, and I believe I’ve made some pretty decent headway with it. It’s something that I enjoy doing for many reasons, but mainly I love the transformation of these women who may or may not already know how beautiful they are, and what we are able to do together to show them exactly how beautiful they are. But moving overseas also means I loose my studio, unless I’m fortunate enough to find a large home that has the ability to set up a studio in it, which – in all honesty, is not highly probable. The alternative would be to rent a love motel or hotel room, but even then, space can somewhat be lacking. So for now, I’m concentrating on building up my portfolio in genres that I think may be best received that I can shoot on location.

This is a recent development, which started just 2 weekends ago with my first specialized client shoot…pin up. It was a mini session complete with props, but hair and makeup had to be done off site, by a hair and MUA, or by the client themselves.

And although I realize these were done in the comfort of my own studio, I had to start somewhere. Perhaps in a month or two, I’ll try again, with full sessions on location.

In the meantime, please take a moment to enjoy a couple sample shots from the girls that graced us with their presence during our last pinup session!

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Foodie Friday – Tidal – Paradise Point, San Diego

And here we are! Another Foodie Friday…I’m on a roll!

This past weekend we went to Tidal, a local restaurant on the waters of Mission Bay in Paradise Point for brunch. Plenty of parking, gorgeous indoor decor, and beautiful views on the outside patio. You can even walk right off the patio on to the sand!

The little one had delicious french toast from the children’s menu, hubby had the Blackforest Ham and Cheese, and I had the Baja Stone Crab Benedict. All were absolutely AMAZING. But I’d have to say that the Crab Benedict was the best. Delicious crab on top of a potato cake was a surprisingly delicious change from your standard English muffin.

The also had bottomless mimosas, in which we didn’t partake, but the bloody marys hit the spot.

Enough of my rambling…here are the pics from our visit….
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