Augie Chang's 2010 Assistant Open House

I drove up to the Bay Area on Thursday (yes, drove the BEAST) to attend Augie Chang’s 2010 Assistant Open House. Before I dive into the details…

Everyone calls the 101 from LA to the Bay the scenic route. I’ve never personally driven up the 101 so I don’t know how it compares to my preferred route: the 405 to the 5 to the 152 to 101. I’ve taken these roads since undergrad at UCLA so I’ve seen it a bajillion times. But Thursday, after 10 years of driving this route, was the first time that I ever really appreciated how beautiful the drive is. I took it all in and it was overwhelming (in a good way). I didn’t stop  to take any photos… I just drove. And pondered life. The rolling hills and all the autumn colors provided me a backdrop to reflect on my life for the long drive. Thought about everything from love to family to my career to friends. Not sure if and how it will change my future blog posts but don’t be surprised if you hear more about it.

So… Augie is a wedding photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He held a casting  call last month for his 2010 assistants and I was chosen as one of the finalists to attend the open house. If you don’t see a problem with this, then we can never be partners in Cranium or any other games for that matter.  You see, he’s in the Bay. Me? I’m in LA. See the dilemma? If only there were a way for me to assist from LA…

Being in Augie’s home studio was very inspiring and definitely reinforced why I am pursuing this passion of mine.  All the photographs on his walls and the slideshow on his TV, moments captured in time… moments that can never be replicated. Preserving these fleeting scenes of life is why I want to do this.

Leaving you with a perfect example… my favorite high school teacher and good friend, Gene Gzsanka, with his son Kyle at hockey practice.  Shot over the weekend when I was home visiting.

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