Monday, October 31, 2011

Puerto Rico Is About To Deliver

I'm organizing to take off tomorrow to Puerto Rico for the seventh stop on the IBA World Tour. The wave gods have been blessing the entire tour thus far. And by the looks of the swell forecasts, the Encanto Pro is in for another massive gift from the wave gods.

I'm going to try something new on this tour stop. I will be doing LIVE 'post game shows' via after each live showing of the comp. It'll be a simple casual sit down and talking with some of the riders, Steve 'Action' Jackson and more. You don't want to miss it.

For daily updates, be sure to follow these Twitter peeps: @MannyVMedia and @ibaworldtour. Get ready bodyboarding brethrens...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Breakin' And Entering

By now you may or may not know, I love to take photos. Capturing those surreal split seconds in time has been my passion for the past several years. Obviously, I love being in the water but after shooting a wedding a month or so ago, I thought to myself... I can do this. I dug the challenge of getting into position and making sure I didn't miss that moment. My wife and I were not the main/paid photographers. We were the 'we'll-let-you-take-photos-of-our-wedding-but-the-paid-photography-has-all-the-say' photographers. We were cool with it and we came up with some stunning images.

But I have to say, there were a few times when I saw the opportunity to capture great images but the paid photography snuck into position right where I was headed. I couldn't say or do anything. No group shots or bride and groom portraits either. So bummed. We're going to do it again this weekend and I know I'm going to walk away a little bummed because I won't be able to get into the situations to nab the photo that I see. Kinda sucks actually.

So to break into the wedding photography business, we would like to offer the first three couples who contact me, and who are getting married between today to March 2012, a free two hour engagement photo session AND six hours for your ceremony and reception. I will upload your photos on our site in a private gallery. There, you can download any image you want. If you want prints or even a photo, you can purchase from my site as well. But the photos are yours absolutely free.

If this is you, please call, email or comment to the post and let's set up a meeting and go over everything to see if I'm the right person for the job.

I'd love to shoot water action in the morning and weddings in the afternoon. That would be ideal. Throw in my gig with the IBA World Tour... heck, I may be able to afford the $7,000 Canon 1Dx camera body! That'd be nice. is in the works. My creativity and your big day... let's make it happen. You in?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tapping In

My wife and I like to SUP Glorietta Bay in Coronado and in San Diego Bay. We sometimes cruise through the channels of the Cays as well. Each time we sweep by insanely large yatchs, massive mansions on the water or sweet condos in downtown, I can't help to wonder, how in the hell are there so many people that have that kind of money? I wonder the same thing as I cruise through the OC (Dana Point, Laguna, etc.).

I know people work hard and put in some serious time in school but there are so many of them that have figured it out. What train did I miss? Don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining. My wife and I are living a good life but we're not living in a three thousand square foot eight bedroom house designed by Donald Gardner nor do we have a pimping yacht parked out front either.

Where the heck does all the cash money come from? Are most of them living the American dream, i.e. living in debt? Is it old money or new money? If it's new money, how do I tap into that? Does everyone think this or is it just me?

So what's it take to own the penthouse in that building just behind the Holiday Inn?