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Galapagos With A Toddler

ROF President Nicole Staab is now writing for an Orange County based family magazine called Marmalade! Be sure to pick up your free copy at news racks throughout Orange County. Click on the link below to see her latest article online and learn more about Marmalade. Enjoy!

http://marmaladeoc.com/galapagos-with-a-toddler-evolving-your-sense-of-family-travel-possibilities/

 

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On Set With RockStar Fitness

Over the last couple of years we have been lucky enough to be given all-access photo credentials with one of the most successful rock bands of all times. Def Leppard has sold over 100 million records and has more chart topping hits than most can imagine. Behind the gut shredding guitar solos, and even the occasional melodic ballad, is lead guitarist Phil Collen.

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At 55 years old, Phil Collen is in the kind of physical condition you would expect a 25 year-old athlete to possess. Shirtless, and pacing from one side of the stage to the other, Phil rocks tens of thousands of fans for hours on end. He has gained quite a bit of attention for the fitness he maintains, and he is now working on sharing some of his personal training concepts with those wanting to make healthy changes in their lives.

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This week we spent 2 days shooting with Phil at his house, and what an incredible experience it was! Phil and his long time coach Jean Carrillo are teaming up to create a program that promotes healthy minds, nutrition and fitness regimens. Jean is a world-renowned Muay Thai instructor and he has coached many fighters all the way to championship victories.

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We always have a great time working with Jean and Phil!

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It is inspiring listening to their philosophies, and seeing what they do to hold back the hands of time is incredibly interesting to witness.

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If you ever wondered what it looks like through the viewfinder of the ROF ‘news cam,’ here you go… see the pic above

Sidenote: That isn’t a black and white photo… it is actually easier to achieve sharp focus through a monochrome viewfinder. Consider that your fun ROF video-fact-of-the-day.

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While shooting the nutrition segment, we were treated to some delicious bites of knowledge from nutrition and health coach Jeni Cook. She joined Jean and Phil on camera to discuss some of the benefits behind her approach to nutrition. What she shared with our cameras was PRICELESS!!!

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Sidenote: Jeni is the wife of Paul Cook (seen above). Paul was the drummer for the historic punk band the Sex Pistols, and is also the drummer for Phil’s side project Manraze.

For more information on Manraze, check them out at manraze.com !!

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It’s always great having Aaron Tru Teweles along for shoots. Besides getting to chat about what’s going on in MMA… the guy never misses a shot!

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We had to break out the GoPro for this shoot… we really couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to get in closer on all the fitness, and guitar shredding action!!

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Stay tuned for more as this project enters the editing phase!

 

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Musical Magic In Costa Mesa

This weekend we were lucky enough to be asked to document a special recording session in Costa Mesa, CA. Bobby Pittman from Hit What’s Hot and MMA Worldwide teamed up with local music producer Lewis ‘Lewdog’ Richards to create a musical score for the upcoming Battle Of The Bars video. This shoot took place at 17th Street Recording Studio and we were blown away by the talent that showed up to collaborate to make this epic musical masterpiece.

Below are a handful of ‘screen grabs’ from the video log that day!

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The Players:

Bobby Pittman: Bobby has long kept his musical prowess in his pocket, only sharing his creative stylings around the house, at the beach or around a campfire. On this day, it was clear Bobby came into 17th Street Studio to create something that would transcend bonfire guitar picking and breathe life into his upcoming video.

2 Bobby Wide

Lewis ‘Lewdog’ Richards:  ‘Lew’ is a local legend when it comes to music, and Bobby knew that he could provide the right flavor to bring this track to life.

3 Lou At Comp

‘Susie Q’: Believe it or not, we truly only know the vocalist for this project by the name of ‘Susie Q.’ Apparently, Mrs. Q is an ace-in-the-hole for Lew and he got her involved once he heard the direction Bobby wanted the track to go.

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Susie came to the studio with about only 45 minutes of time to lend, and WOW can that woman make the most of each minute!! She came in…knocked us all down with her vocals…and walked back out the door as if her stunning performance was simply business as usual.

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Bobby was next in the booth, and NO ONE wanted to follow Susie! Bobby easily rose to the challenge and layered in some great melodic solos.

6 Bobby 5D

It was in fact so difficult to follow Susie, one of the original vocalists ‘D’ stepped aside saying he felt she already gave the song what it needed, and that he would love to see the song continue with the vibe she created. D is a talented freestyle rap artist, and for him to yield to Susie was a sign of great respect. We hope to work with D in the future!

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After a full day in the studio, the song took shape and is now in the final stages of mixing. Lew says it should take about a week for the final mix down, and believe me… it will be worth the wait!

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9 Bobby Light

This has truly been one of the coolest projects we have been involved with to date. Not only was it an honor to document the musical chemistry in 17th Street Recording Studio that day, but we got to break out some of our new cameras for the shoot!! Stay tuned for the behind-the-scenes video coming to the ROF blog SOON!

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