Archive for June, 2009

Nicole’s Engagement Photos

Posted in Uncategorized on June 1, 2009 by blakeryanlewis

I had the privilege of taking my kousin (with a K) Nicole’s engagement photos.  I met her and her fiance Craig up in Carpenteria, California and we shot the whole thing near the beach there with the sun and a reflector (assisting me was the lovely Janine Stengel).  I like them, it was a first for me doing these types of portraits and I think they are pretty sweet and shows the love.  Enjoy.

March Against CA Supreme Court Ruling In L.A.

Posted in Uncategorized on June 1, 2009 by blakeryanlewis

On May 26th, 2009 thousands upon thousands of activists and concerned citizens flooded the streets in West Hollywood, California in protest of the California Supreme Courts ruling to uphold Proposition 8 which bans marriage of same sex couples in the state of California.  The March started in West Hollywood on Santa Monica Blvd. at 7 pm.  We marched all the way to Hollywood and Highland and back again.  It was an inspiring moment for me to witness these people, gay and straight alike taking to the streets in a unified voice to let everyone know that we believe the separation of rights is not equality.  The sheer number of people there was amazing, equally amazing was the massive police presence.  Seriously bigger than any Anti-War or Immigration demonstration I’ve been too.  I found it odd, because the people protesting were talking about love and dedication to their lovers.  Why this would equate to violence is beyond me.  To be honest the constant police presence, coupled with the harassment towards the protestors made me think that the police were hoping for some kind of fight.  Luckily this didn’t happen and it became a celebration of defiance.  KillSonic, my favorite marching band of all time, created a riotous soundtrack for the march and on the walk back me and Joe made some friends waiting for the bathroom…(hey beka).  Long night, tired legs and feet, tons of pictures and fond memories.  I am very proud I got to be here as a witness and participant in this demonstration.  I felt more than ever my responsibility to the people to document this struggle and these times in America.  Lots of love to everyone that was there and equal amounts to those who weren’t.  Progress doesn’t come easy, but I’m filled with new hope that peaceful dissension and living with love will move our country and the world into a positive future.  So here is to the revolution….