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Santa Monica Wedding - Carey and Dave [24 Feb 2011|01:34pm]

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Santa Monica Beach Wedding


Wedding/Reception Venue: The Santa Monica Beach Club


Carey and David are a really great fun loving couple. They seem like they’re always up to something exciting and when you’re around them you get really inspired to do and see interesting things. Just following them on Facebook is a treat, these people know the best restaurants and destinations in LA and they’re some of the most warm and inviting people you’ll meet. From the moment we met them we knew we’d be a great match.


You might remember their Venice engagement session a little while back- we got the personalized intro to the love of food trucks, and we’re better off for it. Many a time since have we gone down to Abbot Kinney Blvd and staked out the food truck lines at night!


Since Carey wrote out a pretty epic description of her wedding, I’m going to let her do the talking. :) Thanks for a wonderful day guys, shooting your wedding was a real treat for the both of us! -Ian and Tanya


Vendors:

Venue- The Santa Monica Beach Club

Photography- Ian Grant Photography

Flowers- Ixora Floral Studio

Makeup/Hair- Fiore Beauty

Cake- Vanilla Bake Shoppe

Invitations- Urbanic

Birdcage Veil- Sara Gabriel


A few words from Carey:


A few themes I wanted to have for my wedding, vintage but modern, elegant yet comfortable, and 100% about my husband and I. While difficult, melting those ideas together came out more successful than I ever could have thought. From the start, it was clear that we wanted to have our wedding in what we consider our “backyard” – it just so happens that living in Santa Monica, the backyard is the beach where we spend many days lounging at a private beach club…the same beach that I built sand castles at as a child, and I’m lucky enough to have my other half love it as much as I do….and we always feel so at home there. Luckily, that shone through the ceremony and reception as guests came up to us throughout the night and let us know that the wedding truly reflected us as a couple, a success in my book!



Santa Monica Beach Wedding



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Jezebel Butterfly [09 Jan 2011|01:52pm]

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Fiancée [12 Nov 2010|02:46am]

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Taken in a cafe in Youghal, Cork the day after I proposed during the summer, click for larger.
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Patchwork [14 Oct 2010|08:30pm]

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New Zealand: Paparoa National Park [30 Sep 2010|12:11pm]

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Paparoa National Park


continued from part two


We continued journeying down the west coast from the top of the South Island and it was our goal to stay at this really awesome looking beach b&b called Breakers Boutique. It was our big splurge for the trip and it just sounded awesome- we had to wiggle timings around a little bit, but we made plans to spend the next night down there. The owner Jan was just fantastic to talk to online and her husband is a photographer as well. Seriously, this lady went out of her way to provide custom directions and sights where us photographers should stop. Amazing!


So it was still a few hours away from our previous hotel in Abel Tasman, well more than a few but that’s what I remember it as and so we had to do some hard core driving through the bush to get back over where we needed to be. The one benefit of the West Coast is it is home to many a Blue Penguin (Eudyptula minor). Next to the elusive Puffin it might be my second favorite bird I’ve never seen so we were holding out hope that we might come across one of those little guys. Sure enough as we’re driving down the ‘highway’, ie: two lane road, we start seeing signs warning us to not run them over. With all this excitement we had to see one right?


On the way down was another park called Paparoa National Park which has these water carved rocks called pancake rocks…essentially it’s a tour bus stop, but not too shabby. I had read all about this special cave in the area so we went and found that, got soaked, and used my special REI shopping spree flashlight to look for penguins [I bought it specifically for this purpose]. Sadly none, but we thought we heard a cave bear.


Not far down there’s also a really amazing small hike called the Truman Track which brings you through all sorts of trees and stuff and into a secluded cove [with tons of 'don't touch the Penguins' signs] and a medium sized waterfall that lands right on the beach! Nice! After all this fun we still weren’t seeing any stupid penguins so we decided to go for the gold and head over to Breakers, home of it’s own small colony! Maybe we’ll see some there…that and I was hungry and felt like I was going to pass out from all this sun. I don’t get out much.


As I mentioned Breakers was fantastic and after a quick little bite we took the path down to the beach to go look for penguins and take pictures and do fun things couples do on their year-too-late honeymoon. After we did a little walking we saw this little midget bird hanging out by himself next to a rock…a blue penguin?! It looked kind of blue if you stretched the imagination and it kind of looked penguin’ish. It even waddled a little bit! So we convinced ourselves it was definitely a Blue Penguin and it didn’t seem to mind us getting in nice and close and staring at it, all while giggling quite loud. Not soon after, we were seeing tons of these little guys just hanging out getting bitten by bugs. Sweet! And they totally didn’t fly so they had to be legit!


We enjoyed a gorgeous sunset by ourselves on the beach and with the knowledge that we just saw the long awaited Blue Penguin. Sure enough, as soon as we got back Jan told us that it wasn’t a penguin, but some other random gray sea bird that can’t fly for a bit when it’s wings got wet….seriously. Our excitement was destroyed, and we came away devoured by sand fleas. The little bastards destroyed our legs and we had bite marks for at least 3 weeks after. True story.


Paparoa National Park


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New Zealand: Abel Tasman National Park [day two] [29 Sep 2010|11:16pm]

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Sorry I’m just getting around to posting these now, I have a hard drive full of awesome New Zealand photos that I have to share! We’re actually going on our honeymoon v2.0 in a couple months, so I figured I should get the rest of these out of the way first…makes sense!


continued from part one


Abel Tasman National Park


So basically we chose to go to Abel Tasman National Park [up on the top of the South Island] because Tanya wanted a little R&R which we knew we weren’t really going to get elsewhere…being that we were doing a pretty massive roadtrip with some epic long drives ahead. What better place to chill out than along the beach in the sunniest part of the country! Not that we we actually going to sit on the beach or anything…


New Zealand is known for their intense hikes, and it’s not like maybe in the states where you can just pick up and go out for a couple hours- no, their hikes are MULI-DAY DEATH TREKS. Well to us out of shape folks anyway, but seriously, their famous hikes sound awesome until you realize what a multi-day hike really is. Anyway, we weren’t going to attempt that baloney, but instead walk from our little beachside home through the woods to the next little checkpoint of sorts. We had a day to waste, so why not! It also gave us an excuse to go on a shopping spree at REI.


So with this new found ambition we found out the next checkpoint was…8 miles away. Sounds easy enough, so we got our stuff together and here’s what we saw:


Abel Tasman National Park


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Bruges [23 Sep 2010|07:46pm]

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Curiosities [21 Sep 2010|03:11am]

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Iceland Road Trip – Part Six [19 Jul 2010|11:13am]

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The final days of my Iceland roadtrip were spent driving around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on the Western coastline. For the first time on my trip I had a decent amount of rain which thankfully included really nice dramatic clouds [and not blinding swan-dive off road fog like usual].


Driving Snaefellsnes Peninsula Iceland Photos


Photos by Ian Grant Photography / Facebook

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Iceland Road Trip – Part Five [15 Jul 2010|12:35pm]

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Getting to Seyðisfjörður up in the north-east was way too much of a pain in the butt [mostly because I decided to drive too far in one day, per the usual] but this photo below was basically the end of my day. Mountain pass to get down into the valley. I knew something was up when I started getting ice warnings on my car and then suddenly it was white out conditions with snow on either side and some of the thickest fog I’ve seen in a while. Pretty cool though, wouldn’t want to be doing that drive in the winter however…


Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road


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Iceland Road Trip – Part Four [12 Jul 2010|03:09pm]

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The one place I wish I spent more time in was the Eastern Fjords of Iceland. It happened to be the day that I was going to pull a 6-7 hour drive [more like 9-10] north from Vik to Seyðisfjörður and I found myself stopping and running around every 2 minutes. There were a lot of dirt roads in this stretch, but nothing too bad…you just had to watch out for baby sheep.


Iceland Photography Eastern Fjords Ring Road


Images by Ian Grant Photography // Facebook

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Iceland Road Trip – Part Three [09 Jul 2010|10:36am]

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This part really centers on the eastern area of Iceland’s ring road which is home to many a roadside glacier. It’s funny because as your driving along you pass a bend and are like ‘wow, that’s the most beautiful glacier I’ve ever seen!’ and then you drive a little further ‘Whoa! That one is even better!’ which goes on for a good couple hours. Flocks of swans flying parallel to your car with icecap mountains in the background helps too.


It’s really pretty amazing and at one point you find yourself driving directly towards the biggest glacier you’ve ever seen [literally the biggest in Europe] while 2 other huge ones are on either side of you. If I had a 4×4 I would’ve been able to get closer, but frankly at this point in my journey I wasn’t going to put my car through too much more. Some of the roads to the glaciers were a little too hard core for my little beast of a car. After my car stuck incident my survival instincts [Tanya's voice in my head saying 'Ian bad! Death!'] was in full swing.


Iceland Photography Eastern Ring Road


Images by Ian Grant Photography // Facebook


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Iceland Road Trip - Part Two [06 Jul 2010|11:42am]

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The next day I really needed to take it easy [after eventful car crash/stuck in mud] so I did what any person would do. Go see icebergs! But first I had to go see some awesome waterfalls and play with my new variable ND filter [essentially lets less light in so I can take long exposures in the daylight].


This first waterfall is named Seljalandsfoss [foss being Icelandic for waterfall...you see it a lot in a country with 10,000 waterfalls]. You can actually walk behind the waterfall, but I was getting my gear soaked enough and didn’t need a camera failure a couple days into the trip…


Iceland Photography Road Trip - June 2010
Iceland Photography Road Trip - June 2010



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Iceland Road Trip - Part One [05 Jul 2010|08:54pm]

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This June I found myself having a nice little window of time where I could get away and after reviewing my ‘places I want to go‘ list from every year, Iceland kept being on the top of the list. The two days of decent prices to go over there just happened to work as well, so two weeks ahead of time I got tickets from Los Angeles to Reykjavík on Iceland Air. Sweet!


First things first, though I saved some money on airfare [It cost around $800 vs. similar dates being $1800] renting a car for a week wasn’t cheap. Though I understood later that it is impossible to not trash your car in Iceland hence the cost, the fact that the cheapest car to rent was $600 for a week seemed absurd. I had read that getting a 4×4 was a smart move, but dropping close to $1k for a week rental was out of the question.


So after arriving at 7am I figured I’d head off to the world famous Blue Lagoon. More people come here each year than residents in Iceland. Sadly it was freezing out and insanely windy. Not the most exciting time to be throwing your clothes off and jumping in 100 degree water. I got some photos though.



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Iceland Photography Road Trip - June 2010

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Battló Chimneys [21 Oct 2009|11:25pm]

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Battló Attic [15 Oct 2009|10:07pm]

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Casa Battló Roof [13 Oct 2009|10:16pm]

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First of a series on another building designed by Gaudi in Barcelona. Click for larger.
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Young Eagle Owl [23 Sep 2009|12:42am]

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Griffon Vulture [16 Sep 2009|06:11pm]

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