Marvin Millikan didn't want to tell me his name for my caption. He was having lunch at the new Chili Hut Cafe in Santa Paula and was a touch camera shy. The location has been a restaurant for 69 years, all of which Millikan has lived in the town. He said he was even alive when the Saint Francis dam broke and flooded everything in 1929, though he was a baby back then. Millikan was a perfect personality for the story on the cafe that displays photographs of places in Santa Paula. Millikan eventually told me his name and I'm very pleased that he did. That day's shoot flowed so well, like a good day at the Mountain Workshops. Through the set of images I was able to capture a piece of Americana. I liked that Millikan had a bowl of chili and ice water.
This morning I had a business shoot at an indoor trampoline recreation center in Camarillo. I thought the best photo was of an adult man with a prosthetic leg jumping from one trampoline to another while his young son threw a ball in the foreground, but then I came across this one. Bernay Hanson has a physical disability but when she gets to Sky High Sports, as her mother put it, "she can play like a normal kid".
Michael Stockdill, grandfather of 8-year-old Alaina Stockdill, looks to her casket coming into the sunlight as her memorial service concludes at Sacred Heart Church on Saturday in Ventura. Blair Stockdill, the child's mother, has been arrested on suspicion of the child's death at home on September 20 at the Peppertree Apartment complex in Ventura.
The 10th Annual Piru Fest and Horseshoe Tournament was held today in triple digit heat. A young man named Dustin Henderson was there with his dog Fred. After I photographed him, his sister-in-law told me that she and Henderson were there to support a bereft family member living in Piru. They were all grieving. That information made this image sweeter to me.