20 Hours in Orange County

Trip Start Aug 31, 2011
Trip End Jul 11, 2012

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ahhh...Orange County, California. Home of nice weather, fancy cars, fake boobs, and cougars. It's also home to my best mate from uni. Allen was the first person I met at the University of San Diego whilst in the queue for our student ID cards. At the time, golf was what we had in common and what we first talked about. Since then, we've remained very close friends. I was one of his groomsmen at his wedding and even an impromptu singer at his reception. Now, 9 1/2 years later, I am here visiting him and his family for a brief 20 hours. This trip was scheduled short on purpose. I had promised Allen a foto shoot for his family and this 20-hour window was the only opening I had in between trips before the holidays.

Allen is also one of those "stars" whom I don't see nor speak with very often, but each time we connect, it's nothing but laughter from reliving past memories, as though time has never passed. He and his wife, Sybille, are one of three "model" couples I know. They graciously opened their home to me and cleared their diaries just to accommodate my crazy schedule for this shoot. Once their kids got out of school just before 3pm, we were off to 4 different locations before sunset.

Two and a half hours and 250 images later, I managed to get a few good shots. The visit was indeed brief. We managed to catch up over a nice home-cooked meal that Sybille prepared accompanied by a nice bottle of Chardonnay.

Now, as the kids have gone to bed, and Allen and Sybille are winding down in front of the tele, I'm here sharing with all of you one of life's beautiful moments of having spent some quality time with an old friend and one of my favourite couples with their adorable children.

Thank you, Allen and Sybille, for opening your home to me and making time for me during your very busy schedule. It was a pleasure getting to capture you and your family through my lenses.

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Jeannine on

Beautiful pictures, E!

barackobama on

how can i get in touch with this man? i want him as my vp running mate! bidens out! if this is not the pic of the model usa family, then i'm not a muslim!

April on

Such a good looking family!

Sandra on

I didn't know you can sing.....and when are you taking my picture!!!!

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