I was contacted by the publisher of Where to Retire magazine to photograph Pacific Grove Mayor Bill Kampe and his wife Cheryl – possibly for the cover of the publication. I met up with the down-to-earth, friendly couple on Lighthouse Ave. in the heart of downtown Pacific Grove this afternoon. One of the many requirements from the Art Director were “good weather” – blue skies, etc. – that make Pacific Grove look like a desirable place to live. Well it is a desirable place to live, but the coastal weather is not always so agreeable – with stiff breezes and fog or overcast skies being a common forecast. I got into town a little early to scope out where exactly I would compose the couple that would strike the right balance of showing off Pacific Grove’s natural and architectural beauty, but still being a portrait of the Mayor and his wife at a glance. This is actually more challenging than you’d think, but preparation equalizes. Luckily Bill and Cheryl were open to leaving me completely in charge, and were up for a fair amount of walking. We explored the downtown area with its distinctive victorian-style architecture, then walked down Grand Ave. to Jewell park (with its cute gazebo and benches), then finally to Ocean View Blvd., the meandering coastal road that has a great view of Lover’s Point Park. Bill and Cheryl were great companions and good subjects throughout, and luckily the weather more or less cooperated. Here’s a few of my favorites, stay tuned for the May issue of Where to Retire to see the photos printed in this national magazine.