I was visiting my parents along with my wife and sister and her son near Palm Springs last weekend. We went to the Annenburg Estate, also known as Sunnylands, located in Rancho Mirage. Walter Annenburg was a great philanthropist and he and his wife envisioned their estate as a place where “intimate and solution driven meetings could take place”. The most recent meeting at their estate took place between President Obama and President Xi of China during June of this year. As some of the grounds are open to the public, we took an afternoon to walk around. I spotted my sister and her son walking in a labyrinth and took a quick shot. For some reason, it grabbed my attention enough to share it here. Maybe it was the simplicity of just a walk in the beautiful grounds, but I felt that I was capturing just what the Annenburgs had intended: an intimate meeting.
Photography, Lessons Learned, and Cycling.
I have been taking pictures since I was about 6 years old. I started with a Kodak Instamatic. Just holding that Kodak was fun back then. Today, the camera badge may say "Nikon", but the fun of taking someone's photograph is still there.
Times have changed regarding photography over the past 20 years. My first business was in in Corpus Chirsti, Texas back in 1992. I went under the same name, my name, David Whitney French Photography. One of my favorite photo gigs was doing weddings. Why? Well, besides being a challenge at times, with the stress of getting the right shot in the age of film, everyone was happy! It was a happy time for the groom, bride, attendants, everyone. What more could I ask for? Hanging out, with a camera for a few hours or more with a bunch of happy people.
Oh, and I like riding my bike!