Posts Tagged ‘as you wish’

What I’m Reading: As You Wish By Cary Elwes

As you know, one of my greatest pleasures is reading entire books while in the book store. I used to daydream about having an amazing personal library in my mansion. The walls were lined floor to ceiling with books. My kids and my grandchildren would stand in awe, marveling at what a smart guy I was because of the amount of books I read. There is no way one would not become an endless wealth of knowledge having read every single one of those books. It was a lovely daydream, but I realized it would never happen because I used to spend so much time in the bookstore that I got into the habit of reading books in their entirety while sitting in the over stuffed chairs at SLO’s Barnes & Noble. Yes, that’s how long ago I started this habit. That place has not had overstuffed chairs in YEARS. Having moved out of SLO to a town without a bookstore I’ve taken to reading books at Target while Coral and the kids shop. Obviously, the book section at Target leaves a lot to be desired, but “As You Wish” caught my attention. It took a couple of trips to Target, but I eventually made it to page 25 when Christmas rolled around and lo and behold…Coral gave it to me for a present. I put off reading it until today because I had to finish another book first. I’m not a big fan of reading multiple books at the same time. Anyway, “The Princess Bride” is a classic that has held up to the test of time, so it’s very interesting to read about the making of it through the eyes and words of the man that played the main character. Just today I learned (not that it will benefit my life in any way) that the costume designer had the FX department make a plaster mold of Cary’s head so that they could make a custom mask for him. To me, that just sounded like crazy talk. I mean, what’s wrong with a bandana with holes cut out of it for his eyes? It’s behind the scenes stuff like that which fascinates me because as a viewer it’s easy to dismiss all the intricate details that go into making something, whether it’s making a movie, building a house, writing a novel or even making a painting. There are so many things that have to happen before the finished product (movie, house, novel, painting, etc.) is released to the public that, as viewers, it would be wise to make a conscience effort to consider how much time and dedication people devote to their creations. Anyway…

Have fun storming the castle.

Photos Of Coral Taking Photos #1

I can see this becoming an ongoing series of mine. I have already amassed A LOT of photos of Coral taking photos. Some might consider it an unhealthy amount. Others might consider me a stalker. She is much more the photographer in the family than I am, which means she gets to use the fancy camera. Although, since investing in the GoPro I’ll have to admit I’m feeling pretty fancy lately.

Another thing I’ll have to admit is how cute she looks with a camera in her hand. I mean, Dang! She is one hot little cutie! One of the things about Coral that you might not know is that she transforms into a totally different person when she gets a camera in her hand. I’ve seen the transformation take place numerous times and it never gets boring to me. I love watching her work.

I’ve learned that once she’s in her element it is best to step back and let her do her thing. If you get in her way you get trampled, so be on the lookout.

These photos were all taken back in October after spending a day in Cambria. Highway 46 is a gorgeous drive from Paso Robles to Cambria. It can get pretty windy up there, but on a clear day you get a spectacular view of the Pacific and can even see Morro Rock off in the distance. If you find yourself on this drive I highly suggest stopping by Jack Creek Farm and trying one of their delicious Apple Cider Slushies. So good!

Coral doesn’t know I’m writing this and I might get in trouble for it, but oh well…I’m going to say it anyway. She is totally available for photography jobs. I know she won’t do a wedding, but she’s totally up for product shots, possibly some candid style portraits and of course, fashion photography. If you’re interested in hiring her contact her through one of her IG accounts or let me know and I’ll pass on the message.

Check her out on Instagram. She has two accounts at the moment. Her personal account with lots of photos of our kids and some other random stuff. Her professional account. Since May 2014 it is mostly photos of her deer series, which is totally worth checking out, but if you scroll down past May you will see some of her fashion photography.

Thanks for looking!
– Jeff