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Friday, January 2, 2009

Crash and Burn at Mammoth


happy 2009 everyone! was 2008 just a blur for you too? it sure did go fast. we had our share of ups and downs. in the end, we had our faith, our friends and each other, so it was a great year. somehow, in between all the work, we did find a little time to have some fun. on our last road trip photo shoot of the year we took a day off to meet up with some friends at their cabin in mammoth california. as much as we'd love to shoot a wedding in mammoth, we were blessed not only with fellowship, but with a few feet of fresh snow and plenty of california sunshine. it was absolutely awesome! take a look for yourself.







we found this sweet little hill to try out our sleds. seems innocent enough right? little did we know it would give us a story to tell for a lifetime. keep scrolling.




as i was scaling the hillside for a downhill run, kim captured this sequence with rain on the sled and april getting stuck in a moment you can't get out of.








































somehow in all the turbulence april and rain traded places. rain was left on the hillside and april rode to the bottom.




check out this video of the whole thing




poor rain definitely got the short end of the stick. she split her lip in two places. i being a good parent, got right in her face and took pictures of it. kim yelled up, "is the camera okay!" not sure if that was before or after she asked if rain was okay ;)




rain is the toughest little girl i know. she only cried for about a minute, then gave us the a-ok. yuki passed the good word to kim at the bottom of the hill.




a little fresh snow and some words of encouragement were all rain needed.
tragedy plus time equals comedy.
it didn't take long before we all had a good laugh about it.




after making sure rain was ok, i checked on the 5D. it had a little snow packed in the back, but was working just fine. it's almost as tough as rain. :) while i was taking a look at the 5D i discovered that april got the shot of the year right before she was swept away. see below.




here's rain as seen through-the-lens by april.




who needs a snow ball when you can just chuck a snowblock?







rain and yuki were flying down the hill all day.










april got in some good runs.







other than the one speed bump named april, rain had a blast.




here's my shot of alex getting aggro.




here's kim's shot of all of us paparazzos.







yuki almost made my voice a go up an octave or two.




in God's country




after a long fun day sledding, yuki did her magic and cooked us up an amazing dinner. so good.




yuki taught rain a few culinary tricks and helped rain cook up half the dinner.







our christmas dinner. thank you yuki, as always it was the bomb.




mmm baileys and rice krispie treats. the dessert of champions.




after dinner came the car bombs.













if you think her dinners good, wait til you taste her breakfast. we love you yuki. (and not just because your cooking is awesome)




it was chilly at night. brrrrr







on our way home kim snapped a couple shots through the car window.




and for all you beautiful, soon to be brides, a wedding in mammoth would be awesome, hint hint. and as always lex and yuki, we treasure your friendship and with you guys it's always a good time. we love you! who's up for round two?




93 comments:

Cathy Crawley said...

These are awesome David! I LOVE that shot of Rain that April took, what a champion is she!!! And the shots kim got of the action are freaking hilarious! You guys look like you had THE best time ever, I'm kind of wishing I was there now ;)

Jacob Bergmeier said...

Man, it really looked like you guys had a great time! And that shot April got is KILLER... I can totally see that blown up on the wall in your house. Glad you guys had the opportunity to spend time together like that at such a beautiful place.

Shannon Lott said...

Wow, such fun and drama! Those action shots are pretty amazing. Mammoth is so pretty. Lucky you guys!

robin said...

Gracious, the whole sequence of Rain taking April out was just priceless, and the picture April got is better than the icing on the cake. Really awesome!!! Looks like it was a fantastic trip.

Marlin Munoz said...

Happy New Year to you also! What an awesome post!! Looks like you had an great time. Glad the kids are alright, but what an amazing shot April got!

kymberli q. said...

These images and story of the trip are awesome! What a fun time! The image that April got needs to be blown up - it's incredible!!!!

Brandi said...

Awesome pictures! She is a toughie, I'd probably still be crying, and swearing off all snow sports. As if you could get me to do that in the first place! Looks like you guys had a blast.

Nina_VK said...

WOW! That looks like it was a blast!! The photo that April got of Rain is AWESOME....what a catch!! I'm pretty sure I would have not had the guts to stay there and get a picture!!! Great stuff David!
Happy New Year!

Leah Bowman said...

What an amazing time!!!! That shot of Rain will be a favorite forever!!!! I am so glad you were all there to chatch the magical moments!!!!

Happy New Year!

Ryel j Photography said...

WOW that sequence of Rain hitting April is amazing!! I love all the colors and crispness!!

Tira J said...

Completely amazing. The shot of the year, Ohana in Mammoth, a great meal, and car bomb's to top it off....PRICELESS!

Jinksee said...

It's always those innocent hills that get the best of us. :D Now..let me just admit..aside from wondering if Rain was ok..my first thought was, "THE CAMERA! THE CAMERA" Glad to hear it's ok, too. :D What a beautiful place. I would love to go there one day. Seriously..hot diggity pictures! :D

Lorelei said...

that shot April took of Rain is UNREAL!! Love it... and glad you all had a great end to 08!! :D

erica said...

that shot of rain is unbelievable!!! I just want to hang out with you guys. You always look like you have the best time!

Lisa Gisczinski Photography said...

My FAVORITE post ever!!!!!!!!

Tammi Nowack Photography said...

That freaking ROCKS! LOL What a shot!

And does it make me a sick person that the only thing I thought after seeing the crash pics was, "Yes, BUT IS THE CAMERA OKAY?!?"

:) LOL

Studio222 Photography said...

Oh my gosh! Soo many things....

LOL


First, AMAZING sequense. Glad they both didn't get hurt too badly

Second, TOTALLY WORTH IT FOR APRIL'S SHOT!!!!!

Third, I am reeling with jealous as it is a disgusting 85 degrees here. :(

Last, Nate LOVEs car bombs! You would be best friends. HaHa.

Chriselda said...

i swear to all things holy
your photography makes me want to put my equipment away

you guys are awesome!
i love you in the face!

happy 2009!!!!!

greta, smitten photography said...

hahaha! the whole time i was looking at kim's series, i spotted the camera in april's hands, and i was like, i want to see HER shots of this!!! and then BOOM! that's so awesome, i love it!!!

i too am a parent that first asks "is the camera ok?!" hahahaa... not my fault, cameras are way more delicate than kids, ya know?! happy new year david and kim!!

ksenija said...

um can we say AWESOME or what? great post you guys -- that pic of Rain taken by April before the collision needs to be blown up & put somewhere for sure! that is a killer pic & talk about a story to remember. glad that everyone was okay! happy new year to you & your beautiful family. :D

Alex L. said...

That was one trip to remember! thanks again for celebrating the Christmas holiday with us in Mammoth. The sledding trip was incredible, made all the more memorable by the insane moments captured. April's shot of Rain will be one of the all time best shots ever. Don't get me wrong, we love the beautifully composed photos of brides and groooms, but you can't beat an unscripted action shot like that. Priceless for sure! love you guys!

Zak Schwank said...

Holy cow! That's what I'm talkin' bout! Very cool stuff! That looks like a time of a lifetime, and how awesome is April's shot!?!? Go bolts!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:)

Hybrid Photography said...

hahahahahahaha OMG that's the funniest thing I've ever seen! My little buddy is so tough. :)

Erin Harvey said...

Wow that is such a funny series of sledding pics. Glad the camera is ok... and Rain too! =)

Donadio Photography said...

These are great. Looks like such a fun time. The sequence shots of Rain are priceless. And the shot April got is awesome!!

*Lissa* said...

These shots frickin' ROCK!!! Love them! Happy New Year!

Eddie Bojorquez (Studio 512) said...

You guys kick so much butt. Love all those shots - love that the girls survived - love that the 5D survived - love that you guys are gonna keep knocking us over in the new year with your awesomeness.

-E

scejka said...

Wow!!! April...BEST.....SHOT.....EVAR!!!!!! Looks like you guys had a killer time! Ain't that what it's all about?

Thanks for sharing as usual!

Carrie Hasson said...

Hands down best blog post I've seen in a long time! You certainly know how to tell a story, pictures and words. I feel like I was on vacation with you! Way to get the money shot April! Happy New Year to you all :)

Jodi said...

That shot was TOTALLY worth the crash.

Julie Cruz said...

OMG! LOL. I'm so glad everyone (including the 5D) were ok!

SUCH amazing shots. Love them all!!! Seriously, all 3 of you rock behind the lens (lucky!). I'm never in ANY pics because i'm always behind the camera LOL.

I <3 the BAAAAAAAXXXXTTEEEERRRSSSSSS!! :)

Sylvia Borgo Photography said...

Can you guys adopt me? You guys are the coolest paparazzi parents on the planet!

Go OHANA!

Heather Cole said...

I hate that Rain had to get hurt but seriously, April got the shot of the year! AMAZING! Looks like you guys are having SOOO much fun. I so want to come hang with you guys. I can't wait to see you in VEGAS! You're going...right???

Michele B said...

This by far is one of my favorite blog posts ever!!! And that shot April took was incredible! Happy new year guys :)

Al Quackenbush said...

Totally rad shot of Rain! April caught a spectacular moment - figuratively AND literally! Looks like you all had a blast. Makes me miss it up there more and more. Hope you guys have a Happy New Year!

serena said...

your sleddding shots are awesome! esp april's shot of rain! hope rain is ok now.

Christopher said...

talk about fun! That looks great!

Ricki Ford said...

Fun!Fun!Fun! My friend I hope everyone is ok but this is to funny. And I love the shot april got right before she got ran over priceless! I love them all!

Rebecca Tyler said...

Happy New year you guys! I hope it will be an abundantly blessed one for you and yours! What a fun adventure you all had!! All of these shots are amazing and gorgeous! Mahalo for sharing your stories...I always look forward to seeing and reading about your journeys. :o)

Amanda Suanne said...

How much fun! Looks like yall had an amazing time and the shots are great!

E. Broderick Photography said...

Holy Crap--that shot April grabbed is InsanE! I am 100% sure it can/should and will win a contest. It is perfection in mid-air! Good thing Rain is such a trooper! Looks like an awesome day.

Mark W. said...

April's shot was sweet! It was worth taking a header. I was going to give David crap about not putting hats on the kids until I noticed he was in short sleeves. Outrageous! Have a great 2009 you guys!

Regina White said...

April fricken ROCKED IT! That shot was awesome. I would blow that baby up! You guys are too funny! Love that someone recorded this. The whole trip looked fun as hell.

Hanssie said...

April's shot is amazing and I could not stop laughing!

Shii said...

That is awesome! Love April's shot and all the fun you guys had! The food looks amazing too! YUM!

AHS Photography said...

That series is awesome!!!!!!And that shot April got before impact is amazing!!!

Hagen said...

Wooo Hooo! What a great post! I feel like I was there! April's shot is a winner!

pinky said...

wow, i love april's shot of rain on the board. all the shots were AWESOME!!!! i sometimes wish we had snow here...

Jamie Burnett said...

That is hilarious, glad the kiddos and the camera are safe, and the pic is fabulous... Probably worth the collision!

Miguel Pola said...

love the fact that april didn't let that camera touch the ground a true pro already!!! Those images need a gif series.

courtney said...

OMG!!! Seriously that shot april got of rain is AMAAAAAAAZZZZIIINGGG!!!!!!!! Blow that up a trillion times and make wallpaper out of it. LOL I am sure that collision seems WELL worth it after seeing that amazing image. :) Glad everyone was okay and that you all had such a good time!

Adrienne Gunde said...

Wow!! Such priceless shots, especially that pre-collision shot of Rain! Glad everyone is safe and had a great time!! Wishing you all the best in 2009! (oops, unintentional rhymed right there.)

Cyndi said...

April got a cool shot of Rain! Aren't photographers funny, all I could think while looking at the pics was way to go April, way to hold on to that camera :) Take care.

Chelo said...

How flippin cool. Outrageous!

I'm glad she's alright. Wish I was there!!

.E. said...

Seriously the best winter photos I have seen.. and I live where its winter like what seems like most of the time grumble grumble.. I love that April held onto the camera through the whole collision, and that shot she got just before they collided.. OMG.. wow..

Hi, I'm Jaime! said...

Wow!!!! Looks like heaven on earth to me! The sequence is way rad! April's shot is outta this world! Love it!!!! I can't wait to get up in the snow and get my snow action on! :)

Charise Proctor said...

WOW, April sure did get one rockin shot from all that craziness! So rad that Kimi captured the whole sequence, and to have it on video. That is one you guys will go back and laugh at for years!

Candy said...

Beautiful shot by April! How lucky are you? Snow and David is in a tshirt!! Look's like a wonderful holiday!

Yuka photo art said...

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful pictures! You had a lot of fun!!!!!

Jasmine Marie said...

Omigosh!!! So glad everyone's okay! What a shot though, wow!

Looks like such a fun time with FUN people!

Leslie Roark Photography said...

OMG! That was all so amazing! I laughed hysterically. Looks like you all had a blast. (Ps...mmmmmm.. irish carbomb!)

Dave Richards said...

Dude those shots of Rain are freakin awesome!! I'm glad everyone was ok after that crash haha. Looked like a super fun trip, thanks for sharing!

His Creations Photography said...

DUDE...that is the most flippin' ridiculous pic of rain!! Seriously...how awesome is that!! Glad you guys had fun and thanks for the sweet new year message on our blog. You guys rock!!

Lauren Kinsey said...

D+K I almost peed my pants at the sequence shots... you guys are hysterical!

Geri said...

Those were the BEST! Can I get a poster of April's picture of Rain?

Melanie Watson said...

Oh for the love of God... that shot that April got of Rain just before the massacre is UH-MAZE-ING! Too cool... definitely worth a few scrapes and bruises. Glad both girls were pretty much okay. Looks like a fun trip! I'm jealous.

Josh said...

That shot of Rain is F'N NUTS!!!

Blair Van Bussel - So Cal Photographer said...

ON MY GOODNESS!!!!!!! All of these photos are OUT OF CONTROL awesome!!! and the last one of the sledding incident is freakin insanely awesome! Please blow that up on metallic paper !

Ann said...

OMGoodness!! That shot is seriously incredible!! And talk about Rain being tough?! April took one for the cause! Looks like such a fun trip. You guys are a blast!

Kricia Morris Photography said...

There's something crazy about family pictures that come from two photogs! FANTASTIC shots!s

Michele Terry said...

priceless.

Val McCormick Photography said...

Wow what super fun!!! SO FUNNY----Keep shooting!!! I love that shot April got. I noticed how she tried her best to keep the camera up. CANVAS FO SHO! What great storytelling images! Rain your a trooper!

BIG HUGS
Val

Ginger Murray said...

This is, like, my favorite post EVER.

Dawn Malone said...

Can not stop laughing...Rain is such a trooper. April has the shot of the year totally. Love it!

Kenzie Shores Photography said...

that was hilarious!!! John and I had to watch the video a few times :) :)

Jen Stewart Photography said...

OH. MY.... WOW those photos are awesome! I was cracking up looking at the sledding series................... but then the photo that April got............... A-MAZING!!!!!

Rain, you're a trooper, April, you're a rockstar for getting the shot!

Lisette Price Photography said...

Oh wow!!! I couldn't stop laughing, then I felt bad for Rain, then my jaw dropped at the AWESOME shot April caught of her. So worth it!!!

ONADA Photography said...

aww man! the scenery is amazing! you guys had a blast!

C.J. Scott said...

I always love seeing the craziness that ya'll are up to :) That shot of Rain is awesome!!

Laurie said...

OMG... those sleding shots are amazing... poor Rain! but what a great shot... :0)
I'm sure she thinks it's pretty cool now, right?!

as always, great stopping in here!
cheers!

aboutimage said...

Looks like a really great time! Fantastic action shots.

Sandra Salisbury said...

wow that was a lotta scrolling..
YOu have me in tears! I love your OHANA!!!! you all look so happy and in love with each other! the snow shots are THE best thing i have seen in a long long time! Thanks for sharing with us !

chris stewart said...

ok so laughed out loud at the collision, but way to take on e for the team, and that shot she got...............Amazing!!!! You guys are so dang cute as a family and everyone with a camera too. So SO SO cool guys.

Irene Carole said...

man this was a good laugh.. funniest blog entry ever!!! that shot of rain was incredible!!! awesome post!

cassandra m said...

Rain rocks!!! Glad she & April are Ok, but that was just the smile I needed today. awesome video & you are right...definitely "the shot of the year!" I would blow that up to a 6 ft print...ha.ha. awesome action shot! Looks like you guys all had a blast. so happy for you and wishing you the very very very BEST in 2009! Thanks for sharing and inspiring this past year. You guys are amazing!

Impressions said...

SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!! your girls are awesome! Love April's capture of Rain!

Photo Visions Hawaii said...

WOW! Great shots! You can submit this to America's funniest home videos - What fun! Love the mid-air action and all the tumbling afterward!

Amanda said...

That is absolutely the most hilarious thing i have ever seen!

Stephen Grant said...

I had the BIGGEST smile on my face reading this entry. Awesome!! April's shot is magazine worthy. Happy New Year to you and your family, friend!!

Mike Richards said...

Dude, that shot she got just before she got nailed was so worth it!!!!! Looks like you all had a blast!

Frank DiMeo said...

Wow! Seriously, that is the shot of the year!
Awesome effort and awesome result April, congratulations!

You guys are so much fun!

Melissa said...

This is my favorite post! Very cute

Dean Ray said...

never loooose your camera:) awesome is to put it mildly. ssssssssssswish!!!!!!!!!!!no adjective to use;) i guess u just have to have been there! what a moment in time!!!!!!!!!!!!