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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism ||As I’m sure everyone is well aware, yesterday was National Unicorn Day – a magical celebration of Joy, Joyfulness & Joyousness (and Joy)! Oh rapture!

Every year at this time, we at ZumaPhoto fill our hearts with a rainbow of fruit-flavored, glittery happiness and love. This year, led by our own little Alpha-Corn, Angela, the ladies of ZumaPhoto went all out with happy-hilarious-head-horns, chirpy-cheerful-cupcakes, and perky-playful-pizza-pie!

All in all, it was a mirthful festival of all things blissful, blithe and gay! And an impressively elaborate excuse to avoid work for an hour.

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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism ||It’s BAA-ACK!

As featured on Arcade Fire’s News page!
(seriously – we’re about halfway down under ‘Technology’. LOL!)

ZumaPhoto’s tradition of streaming Christmas/Holiday music continues for 2010!
More songs! More merriment! 13% MORE MIRTH!

(Works for iPhones/iPods/iPads too! Read on to play!)

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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism ||Just a quick little brag that I forgot to mention…

Every spring, tens of thousands of wedding and portrait photographers from around the world descend upon Las Vegas for the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International convention. One of the highlights is the 16×20 print competition. The competition is notorious for the exacting standards and crazy attention to detail of the judges, for the world-class quality of the entries, and for the sheer number of entries from around the world. Let’s just say this particular competition has some street cred.

I am honored to be able to share with you that two of my prints attained an Accolade of Excellence award this year and I am nothing short of humbled when I look around at the company I am in.

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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism ||When I was a child my father had a 4+ hour reel-to-reel mix of Christmas music that he would bring out every December and that labor of love became an integral part of my holiday memories. About 5 years ago I began to gather all of the songs on my father’s original collection and have been adding my own selections to that core group ever since. Today we have nearly 1200 songs in nearly every genre and period, including timeless classics, contemporary updates, irreverent satire, and the just plain strange…. ZumaPhoto would like to share it with you as our way of saying thanks, and of course Happy Holidays!

This is a tradition that I wish to pass on to my own children, and so I have named the stream after my son Zen. So far, he isn’t really showing what I consider to be appropriate appreciation, but then he’s not yet 2.

And so without further ado, we offer for your listening pleasure Zen’s Christmas Toybox.

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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism ||Continuing on from yesterday’s post… after M.I.A., New York’s Star F*ing Hipsters (hey, its a family blog) took the stage for a high-energy and varied set. After that came U.K.-style political-tinged commentary from Bath, England’s own Citizen Fish, featuring former frontman of the influential Subhumans, Dick Lucas. And finally it was time to make way for the man himself as Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine took the stage to demonstrate once again why Jello is such a legend. Stirring performance.

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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism || So here’s a bit of a diversion from the usual…
Back in 1979 American punk bands had just a pickle of a time getting records made and distributed. One of the most active, influential and notorious of these plucky groups was The Dead Kennedys – true pioneers of hardcore. In the true spirit of the punk DIY ethic, they started their own label, Alternative Tentacles, which rapidly grew to be the home of dozens of varied acts with an eventual catalog of hundreds of ground breaking, important albums. The DKs and many of the other bands that Alternative Tentacles carried were a huge part of my early life and the memories are so vivid that they seem like yesterday…. Well, they weren’t! They were exactly 30 years ago! To celebrate, Alternative Tentacles invited a representative cross-section of acts from throughout its history. My buddy (and amazing photographer in his own right) Nick Adams is the guitarist for one of those invited bands, M.I.A. Nick was kind enough to invite me out for the show!  Part 2 is here.

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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism ||Wednesday the world lost one of the centuries most prolific and influential photographers. Irving Penn’s signature blend of classical elegance and cool minimalism was recognizable to magazine readers and museumgoers worldwide. His contribution to the worlds of art and fashion are priceless. He has certainly inspired my photography over the years. His portraits are simple and clean, yet reveal a deep emotion and history. His still lifes of food and mundane objects show sculptured balances of shape, color and texture. Mr. Penn has left a thumbprint in my fascination and love for photography. His work will be remembered for centuries. To read more about Mr. Penn, you can read his obituary from the New York Times. “Photographing a cake can be art”

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