One of the best parts of being a Laguna Beach Photographer is being a part of the community.  And one of my favorite charities is Laguna Beach is SchoolPower education foundation.  SchoolPower is a volunteer-based organization whose mission it is to raise money to enrich the educational experience of students in Laguna Beach.  I have been volunteering my time with SchoolPower for more than 7 years.

Laguna Beach Lumberyard event photography

The Chef Challenge a three course meal is sponsored by the Lumberyard restaurant.  There are two menus, each selected by two of the four principals in the Laguna Beach School District.  The Middle School and High School Principals Allemann/Salberg vs the Elementary School Principals, Conlon/Duddy.

Chef Challenge Winner at Lumberyard Laguna Beach

And this year’s coveted Golden Spatula award goes to… Principals Conlon and Duddy for their delicious menu.

Lumberyard event with School power photography
Winning menu from Laguna Beach school fundraiser

Thanks to all of the volunteers who made this another amazing evening.  I am so grateful that Blue Sky’s Studio has the opportunity to document these events that make the Laguna Beach School district so amazing!

Winners of the Chef Challenge at Lumberyard in Laguna Beach

To see all of the images of the day and download your favorites, click here!

It was my honor, once again, to be a part of the SchoolPower 2019 Gala. If you watched my story on Instagram, you saw how generous all of the amazing donors where who attended the event. Especially the Wilson family, who has been a part of SchoolPower since the very beginning. I am humbled by their generosity and kindness to Laguna Beach Schools.

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Here are a few more of the great moments of the evening.

What an absolutely beautiful celebration for the last of the Palmer kids last week when Sara Palmer celebrated her Bat Mitzvah.  I rarely get to photograph the entire event, but I was so fortunate to be able to witness what an amazing job Sara did with her presentation.  The highlight for me was seeing Sara perform an amazing dance with several of her good friends at the reception.  Overall it was an amazing day, and I was so happy to be included in another family event! Enjoy the highlights video:


I love getting to celebrate milestone events with my clients!  Over the years I have been a part of countless birthday parties, weddings, corporate events and family gatherings.  It was even more fun to see so many people at the party that I had photographed over the years!  I know that they had a fantastic night.  Happy Birthday Bone Crusher!  Enjoy!




It was a heroic evening at Montage Laguna Beach on March 19th as SchoolPower’s 31st annual Dinner Dance “Calling All Superheroes” shattered records by netting over $350,000 for Laguna Beach schools.

Superman and Wonder Woman impersonators greeted 325 guests on the Montage lawn at sunset. When “kryptonite” appeared, the superheroes saved the day by guiding guests into the ballroom for dinner, where they were welcomed by SchoolPower Executive Director Robin Rounaghi and President Amy Kramer.

The highlight of the evening was the video for this year’s Fund-a-Need, “The Reimagined Classroom (and Library!)”, to support the district initiative of transforming 11 classrooms at the high school and middle school, as well as the Thurston library. Created by teachers Andy Crisp and Jun Shen and introduced by LBUSD’s Chief Technology Officer Mike Morrison, the fast-paced video had the crowd laughing out loud as they followed a twisting and far-fetched journey that ultimately led to the practical conclusion of investing in our schools’ future. 

Completely energized by the video, the crowd gave a standing ovation to its creators and then gave a record-breaking $299,050 to the Fund-a-Need initiative. An extremely generous “double match” by the Wilson and Martini families, along with contributions from LBUSD and SchoolPower Endowment, maximized the impact of each donation exponentially. Due to exceeding the ambitious goal, 12 classrooms (instead of the original 11) in addition to the Thurston library will be reimagined with LCD displays, sound amplification and flexible furniture. This builds on last year’s Fund-a-Need, which helped the district modernize 12 classrooms to transform how Laguna students learn in this ever-changing world. 

Parent Brent Martini explained, “Every upgraded space means more motivated and inspired teachers and students, and anytime you have that combination, high performing kids are a likely result. And that’s what this is all about…the fundamental belief that the better the learning environment, the better the learning, the better off our kids are at LBUSD.”

The dynamic duo of Lynn Gregory and Angela Shipp chaired this year’s dinner dance. Shipp commented, “The true heroes of the evening were all the generous people who stepped up to support our schools, and ultimately the students. It was a heroic effort by all!”

We were honored at Blue Sky’s Studio to be a part of the action!  To see all them images from the event, and download your favorites, follow the link to our Dropbox account: