Project 52 Pro Assignment 6 | Encinitas Photographer

This weeks assignment was either to do a reshoot or a Sports photo....I chose to remake a photo. I wasn't happy with the Recipe Ingredient challenge so here is my reshoot of that same assignment...

I used a big window light with a Target shower curtain hanging in front of it...I used a few black cards and placed them right up to the bell peppers, mushrooms and eggs. Anything else you want to know??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gLoGeq1iy2Y#!  GO TO 34:03 for Don Giannatti's critique of this photo...

Project 52 Pro Assignment 5 | Encinitas Photographer

This weeks assignment was to make a photograph for my local Chamber of Commerce. The photograph will be used as a large poster to draw people to town. The theme is "Weather". My proposal was to use farm fresh carrots, in the upper left corner, to depict rays of sunshine. Below in the lower right corner would be a small beach chair on a layer of sand. 

I must say visualizing then writing it down on paper THEN actually photographing it was tougher than I thought. But in the end I like the final product...

Oh, my critique from Assignment 4 was all positive. Don really loved the lighting and composition.

Celebration of Chants

Sooo, I just got my new lens from Adorama and thought I would head over to Stone Steps and see if I can take some photos of the sunset and reflections or whatever came my way. There was a group of people on the beach standing around the word that was written in the sand, CHANTS. Soon, a young woman called up to me as I stood on the landing above the beach and ask me if I would take photos for them. She told me her friends dog (CHANTS) died and they were there to celebrate his life and spread his ashes. I said "sure!" and took a group shot then some candids. Suddenly, magic happened and here are a few photographs from that beautiful late afternoon on the last day of February...



One last good-bye...
Chants must have been one heck-uv-a dog and friend...
I realise I was privilaged to be there to witness such love and energy. Thank you camera gods and thank you Chants!
Until next time....

Ben Taylor...high school friend...friend...buddy | Encinitas

Ben Taylor was such a good Man...he passed away too young. Dec 24 2012. Here is my eulogy to him:

Gracious, thoughtful, big hugs, bigger smile, a family man.

I first met Ben at age 14 at El Camino High School. We were in the same group of friends and in the same graduating class. We all affectionately called Ben the “den mother” because he was the one who looked out for us. Whether we were going to the drive in, a beach party or wherever, Ben would serve as the voice of responsibility. Thank goodness for us.
Like the day after senior prom a bunch of guys took off in two cars and headed to the Colorado River. Luckily we had Ben there to say “don’t drink and drive…we’ll never make it”, “don’t drive in to that sand dune…we’ll get stuck”, don’t try to swim across the river, the current is too strong”
Ben was the voice of reason, again, thank goodness for us. I never fully appreciated that until I grew up a little. Ben allowed all of us to grow up a little.
The summer of 1982 Ben and I along with another friend moved in together and shared a duplex in La Costa. While we all had our individual responsibilities Ben carried the weight of them. He made sure the bills were paid… on time, the house was super clean (sometimes even while guests were still there during a party) and the trash was put outside on trash day. Mother Ben.
A friend of Ben says this…”Ben was always the one who we could count on to make the right choice or decisions when we weren’t very good at doing either one.”
Another friend said it best: “I was always amazed at Ben’s ability to navigate the teenage and post teenage years in moderation and with common sense, because I can’t say his friends and I always did”.
As time went by I didn’t see Ben as much but when I did there was always a big hug, a bigger smile followed by “How’s your family doing?” He would take time to catch up on life. I didn’t feel like he had somewhere else to be. He truly showed interest in how things were going. Ben talked about his family and how proud he was of his daughters Ashley and Brooke. I knew he loved being a dad and family man. I could see his face light up every time he talked about his girls. Our memories of him are with us to stay and we are all so blessed to have known Benjamin David Taylor Jr.
I’d like to end with a poem by David Harkins:

You can shed tears that he is gone,

Or you can smile because he has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back,

Or you can open your eyes and see all he’s left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him,

Or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,

Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember him only that he is gone,

Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind,

Be empty and turn your back.

Or you can do what he’d want:

Smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

Cheers to you Ben Taylor...Thank you for your friendship! Your love of your family and friends is amazing. Your parents should be so proud of you and we thank them as much as we thank YOU, for being the man you were. God Bless You My Friend!

Who Has The Better View...? | Encinitas Photographer

The first thought I had when reviewing this photo was...who has the better view of this sunset? The passengers in the plane at 20,000 feet OR the guy staring from the top of the bluff at Beacon's in Encinitas? Either way, it's 1/250th of a second from today's clear sunset. Still...no "Green Flash"!



Special Moments While the Sun is Setting... | Encinitas Photographer

I had just finished a photo shoot with another family at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas when I decided to capture a few sunset moments. These two just happened as I scanned the horizon in my viewfinder. I don't know who they are, I don't know their story. I just know they were enjoying a sunset like no other that day. Good for them! Good for me!

A Calming Sunset in Encinitas, California | Encinitas Photographer


Have you ever seen the Green Flash? I have been watching sunsets for years and not once have I witnessed this beautiful phenomenom. My Dad, on the other hand, says he has seen the Green Flash numerous times. For now, I will simply watch and wait. I'm not sure if I'll be disappointed if I never see one because sunsets hold there own magic...every time.

Brooke | Encinitas Children Photographer

Luckily for Brooke and her Mommy it was a beautiful day at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas since the previous few days were colder and breezy. The goal was to capture a Christmas card photo and then photos for the photo album. I believe we did that and more...

Thank you to Brooke and Mommy for allowing me to capture some pretty fun moments at Moonlight Beach. I'm very proud to be your Encintas Family Photographer.

La Jolla Wedding | Encinitas Photographer | October 25 2011

What an amazing day! I think these two deserve the "Most Relaxed Couple about to get Married" award. I was with Janet from 11am, while she primped with hair and make-up, and the night ended near 8pm with the cutting of the cake. An intimate ceremoy celebrating love, trust and friendship. I've know Darryl for over 30 years...old high school friends. I've know Janet for two months but I feel like I've know her just as long. The chemistry between these two is amazing and sweet. It was an honor and a great privilege to capture their perfect day. 

I'm Moore Photography and I'm an Encinitas Family Photographer.

To see more from this wedding go to, www.facebook.com/mikemoorephotography




New and Improved | Encinitas Family Photographer

Hello everyone! I am proud to introduce to you my new website and blog. New and Improved if I do say so myself. 

For those who don't know me, I am a children and family portrait photographer based in the Encinitas area (and North San Diego County area). But recently I have been invited to photograph Little League Baseball in Murrieta and it has been a blast. Check out the photos I have already posted under the BTBC tab on my Home page. 


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New Website for emptystone.wordpress.com

Hi Everyone!

I am excited to let you know I have a new website!!! www.encinitasfamilyphotos.com. How cool is that?? Check it out. I will be adding a blog post soon but HAD to get this up and running.  Wordpress has served its time with me and I am totally appreciative of everything! Thank you WORDPRESS.com!! I may still log on here and post a few things until I have my other website loaded. But for now head on over to www.encinitasfamilyphotos.com and take a look and leave a comment.


Mike Moore

American Flag on Neptune...(ave.)

A little late for Memorial Day so let's say it's a pre-Fourth of July post...

I should know to always have my camera with me when taking a walk but sometimes the timing is wrong. High noon light is harsh but I guess I can still shoot in the shadows?? Yes...

Anyway, enjoy this door and our American Flag. Happy Fourth of July...early!

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