HAPPY FRIDAY

Happy Friday! TGIF. With the first week of summer almost behind us, I wanted to end out the week with a beautiful beach landscape. Little did I know that when I took a trip to Oahu last year that I was actually channeling my inner Gary Malin when I took this picture! I shouldn’t at all be surprised. After all, I love photography and thoroughly enjoy taking pictures of architecture and landscapes. I took almost 600 pictures during that short trip to Oahu and this one turned out to be one of my absolute favorite images. I love the simplicity and the coastline’s curvilinear shape. The contrast of the beautiful blue water and pristine sand is almost mesmerizing.  I am seriously thinking of having it blown up and put into a large oversized framed to hang in our family room.

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.   —Jacques Cousteau

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Original photo by Reviving Charm.

A PHOTOGRAPHER WHO KNOWS EXACTLY HOW TO CAPTURE THE ESSENCE OF SUMMER

Can you believe that summer has arrived? No one captures the essence of summer fun better than photographer Gray Malin, who is most notable for his bird’s eye views of the world’s most beautiful beaches from around the world. You might already be familiar with his work but it’s worth revisiting as a way to kick off the 2016 summer season. And if you are not familiar with his work then allow me to introduce you to his photography by sharing a few of of my favorite Gray Malin images.

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I might as well take this one step further and use this as an opportunity to let you peek inside Gray Malin’s very own Los Angeles home. His fun loving attitude is definitely reflected in his own abode. Take a look around…notice how he incorporates his own artwork into his home. It might not be everyone’s style, but you can’t deny that fact that it looks like this guy knows how to have fun!

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Gray Malin (left) with husband Jeff Richardson at their Los Angeles home.

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A pair of Gray Malin photographs flank each side of the room.

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When I shoot a series, it always starts with one thought: Is this something I would hang in my own home?   –Grey Malin

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Gray, Jeff and their dog Stella lounging in their Los Angeles house. The gallery wall behind them includes a collection of Gray’s photographs.


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A birthday bottle of champagne sits next to a Gray Malin photograph.

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A great collection of sunglasses…a man after my own heart!


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The room features two Gray Malin photographs: the one above the dresser and the one near the lamp (shown in detail below).

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Apparently, Stella has found one of the most comfortable spots in her home.