Deep in the Heart of Shea – The Montage Laguna Beach

They are a part of me, as they are for anyone who has come to know them.  It’s not a choice, it’s something that’s imprinted on your heart after a visit.  You become family.

The Shea Center is amazing.  The work they do with both children adults is nothing short of inspirational.  Every year I have the privilege of photographing their annual gala at the Montage Resort & Spa in Laguna Beach.

For 2012 the theme was ‘Deep in the Heart of Shea’ and the efforts were aimed at showing the focus of the Shea Center – ‘Improving the lives of people with disabilities through therapeutic horse-related programs’.  So before moving onward and looking at the event photos, take some time and watch the touching story of my little buddy Cade:  Cades Story

Cade’s story is one of many that come from the Shea Center every day.  If you would like to get involved you can contact – The Shea Center

Enjoy the photos!  I look forward to sharing more stories with you 🙂

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My assistant photographer caught me teaching Cade naughty tricks to play on his dad 🙂 The puppy on the right was part of the live auction! Lucky I was busy working, otherwise we might have a 2nd dog right now…

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Cade poses for a photo with Gilbert Aguirre, one of the many wonderful sponsors at the Shea Center.

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Western 'Belles' had dresses adorned with cocktails.

Jenny & Bill Klein (upper right) are huge proponents of the Shea Center. Back in 2007 they donated $1 million and created an $850,000 challenge grant.

Western 'Belles' had dresses adorned with cocktails.

Western ‘Belles’ had dresses adorned with cocktails.

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Even Emerson has to dress up when he visits the Montage 🙂

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The Meticulously planned decor was headed up by the wonderfully talented Michele Holmen of Plain & Fancy Events.

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The meticulously planned decor was designed & executed by Michele Holmen of Plain & Fancy Events.

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The infamous Shawn Parr of Go-County 105 headed up the emceeing of the evening. His energy helped raise over $600,000 in both the silent & live auctions!

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Ok, well if the dog wasn’t going to be mine she would be my first choice. I mean… She kind of looks like a dog person…

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