Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Santa Monica

Well, my seminar went extremely well. I had nearly lost my voice by the end of the day, but the group was awesome and really interested in all that I had to say about senior portrait photography.
After the program well travelled down the coast to Santa Monica where we were staying for the next two nights at the Georgian Hotel. For all those movie buffs out there, several scenes from "Get Shorty" were filmed in this hotel. The hotel is located on the coast and situated two blocks from the Santa Monica Pier and two blocks from the Third Street Pavilion, which is the site of countless shops and restaurants.

We drove down the coast a couple of miles to take in the sights of the famed Venice Beach area. Walking down the boardwalk, our eyes were captivated by all of the colorful and eccentric street performers, craftsmen selling their wares, and simply the un-common folk walking, skating, dancing down the street. I had always heard about what you might see at Venice Beach and it's all true. We loved it!! Also at Venice Beach there a numerous courts for basketball, handball, shuffleboard and paddle tennis. You can also stop at the Muscle Beach area to watch the bodybuilders "pump iron" in an outdoor gym filled with various weight-lifting machines and barbells.

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