I ended my week with an amazing super-secret group portrait session that I can't talk about or show until the beginning of September. Friday night I was in the company of good people, both at a family birthday party and at the movies; I went and saw Funny People which I thought was really good. Saturday hate late beginnings but was pretty cool overall; I was hired to shoot a private party by the boss of a couple friends of mine.
The house where the party took place was honestly the most beautiful homes I've ever been in or have even seen, for that matter; it was assembled from used materials from old barns and the home sits on a 300-acre avocado ranch in North Goleta. Beyond the home, itself, were the people and the event; everyone was awesome to be around and work with and I walked away from the day feeling really good about the job.
Sunday was the Main Event for me though. As I wrote about before, Kinfolk Bicycles and Smoke & Mirrors teamed up to organize an amazing ride and after-party, whose proceeds go directly to the Pavlove Foundation, an organization that contributes to the Los Angeles Childrens Hospital; specificaly to fund relief and research to pediatric cancer.
I arranged to pick my good friend Adam up before the ride and head out to the Orange 20, the bike shop where the ride was set to begin, early to replace some parts on his bike and get it up to speed. We got all of the work done in good time and when the riders all started showing up we picked out a few familiar faces before setting out for the ride. The ride was RAD! We made planned stops all over LA, where this rap crew The Headhunters performed live on the back of a flatbed truck.
The ride ended at the location of the after party and party we did. Unfortunately I wound up in a bummer of a bike crash, but I was fortunate enough to walk away from it with no broken bones and the ability to fix what was damaged on the bike I was riding; it didn't stop me or anybody else from having an amazing night!
More images from the Catch Me If You Can ride can be viewed here on Flickr