Ferrari & California Dreamin’

My family and I were on holiday recently in Italy. We visited the traditional Roman ruins and then traveled on TrenItalia (Italy’s version of the bullet train) to see some Venetian vistas. However, it was the destination in between those two cities that was a promise fulfilled, a dream come true and the highlight of our journey to a little boy.

Three years ago we made a promise to our oldest son, then age 6 and a certified Ferrari fanatic (it’s in his DNA), that we would visit the Ferrari museum. Five days into our trip his dream came true when we jumped off the train, grabbed a taxi and approximately 35 minutes later arrived in Maranello. Our hotel was a block away from the museum and directly across the street from the factory! From the balcony of our fifth floor hotel room we had a birds eye view of the test track and every Ferrari that passed down the street was announced by my son as if we were watching a race.

Bright and early the next morning we were at Museo Ferrari. Unbeknownst to us this exhibition was titled ‘California Dreaming’ which meant that everything we were about to see was based on Ferrari’s success, not only in America, but specifically the influence California has had on the company. Enzo Ferrari was already making a name for himself in racing and when orders for cars came in, particularly from California, this gave him the financial success and security for growth. Collaborating with his US importer and friend, Luigi Chinetti, Ferrari designed & built cars specifically for California- such as the 1957 250 CA Spider.

Throughout were various presentations of California scenery where Ferrari has featured most prominently. From the Silicon Valley to Los Angeles, in Hollywood, racing in Northern CA at Laguna Seca and at the Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance. As a native of the Golden State all the displays felt very familiar and made me a little homesick!

Following that exhibit we hopped aboard the shuttle for part two and headed toward the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari. The birthplace and once home to Enzo Ferrari now houses the Museum of Ferrari Engines. Alongside this worn brick building, in a more modern setting is the other half of museums exhibition which is a collaboration of two talented men from Maranello; Enzo Ferrari the coachbuilder and Luciano Pavarotti the opera singer. While viewing the technical display of cars we were entertained with a video featuring images from the lives of these two talented men. As the lights in the pavilion dimmed, Pavarotti’s eloquent voice enveloped us as if we were center stage at a concert yet surrounded by Ferrari’s ranging from a 1948 166 Touring to the LaFerrari. It was music to the ears and eyes as well as a dream come true for one little boy.

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Nor-Cal Treffen 2016

Vintage VW & Porsche show

Nor-Cal Treffen has got to be a hidden gem in the Northern California car world. This air cooled automotive event, annually held the first Sunday of August, takes over the green at Dave Brubeck Park in Concord. A nominal entrance fee of $15 gets your car in the show, free pastries & coffee and entrance into the raffle.

This laid back gathering, in its 11th year, featured approximately 200 early VW’s and Porsches. As the saying goes “Come one, come all”…and they did. From custom creations, original drivers and restored classics in all their glory for spectators to see. This like minded air cooled community shared stories and enjoyed one another’s camaraderie throughout the day. Many also enjoyed picnic lunches and the younger crowd was entertained at the playground.

This event is a must for German car enthusiasts! Check out the website and put it on your calendar for 2017!!

All photos copyright Kristina Cilia Photography

Please contact me if you’d like me to photograph your event, car, wedding or portrait.

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Embellish yourself!

Embellish is locally based business, run by a friend of mine, that supports fairtrade. The items which she sells are handmade by women in impoverished or war torn countries. The luxurious craftmanship of the handbags and silk scarves is amazing! You may see her items at local markets and she often does bazaars and trade shows. Please check out her Facebook page ( and follow Embellish on Instagram (embellishandco) to see more items and to find out where to purchase them. A website is coming soon! The images below are ones I have taken from a recent photo shoot. Not my normal line of work – but it was fun!

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Porsche Werks Reunion 2016

Friday August 19th was the 3rd Annual Porsche Werks Reunion hosted by PCA at the Rancho Canada Golf Course. Just one of the many automotive events during Monterey Car Week, this event focuses solely on the Porsche marque. Another amazing day with over 900 Porsches parked along the fairway and once again I photographed the event for Classic Porsche magazine. Enjoy  these out-takes!


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Amanda ~ Vacaville High ~ Class of 2017

On a recent warm summer evening I had the pleasure of photographing a spunky, soon to be, high school senior. Together we planned her session and discussed clothing options well in advance of her time in front of the camera. The location and lighting only enhanced her beauty and could not have been more perfect for this young lady. Best wishes Amanda for an A-m-a-z-i-n-g  Senior Year!

Likes: shopping, babysitting, working, eating, sleeping, country music and spending time                with family

Favorite Place: the beach or going to baseball games

Sports: High School Badminton Team

Favorite color: Pink

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The Little Red Cabriolet

Recently I spent a lovely warm, Spring evening amongst lush green grapevines nestled in a small golden hued valley. Aaaaaah, California! However, Continue reading

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‘A’ Family Portrait

I met a most wonderful Solano County family after I found out they were the winners of my family portrait photography gift certificate from a local fundraising event. I called Angela to set up a time and location as well as talk about fashion choices. We confirmed all the details before hanging up and I couldn’t wait to meet everyone. Well, the day came and so did the crazy thunderstorms! So we quickly hashed out another plan and rescheduled for a few days later. It was such a lovely evening with a gentle breeze, warm temps and magical light. Angela, a nurse, and husband George (self employed owner of a flooring company) have 7 year old twins. These two adorable kids were so inquisitive and could strike a pose like a pro! Thank you for allowing me to create some memories for you – it was truly a privilege!


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Trent Mother’s Day Portrait

Photographing families is one of my favorite things! It’s even more fun when you know the person. Belinda and I went to high school together but I hadn’t seen Belinda in many years. In fact the last time I saw her was when I photographed her WEDDING!!! Although we have moved about, had kids and got a bit older it still felt like old times. She hasn’t changed a bit and has such beautiful children. I was honored that she wanted me to take her pictures again. After I explained the location, her daughter styled them so they would all compliment one another. Thank you Trent family for spending your evening with me and entrusting me to document you (and now your family) once again.

These lovley portraits were taken in honor of Mother’s Day.



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Starting Over

It’s been way to long since my last blog post and (like everyone else) I have been busy. Starting a new business over is hard and although I have had to do it several times it doesn’t get any easier. It’s a bit like getting out in the yard every Spring. Things always need nurturing to grow, getting rid of the old things that are no longer working and trying out new items to see what is going to flourish. I have not only been working hard revamping my business since our last move but also tending to my garden – my other happy place. Both are slowly taking off🙂

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Senior Session ~ Class of 2016

Thieah’s session came about when a friend of hers called to inquire about the promo I was running. We discussed the details and then she told me one more ‘little’ important detail. That the photo submission date for senior pictures had been changed and now was due a lot sooner than originally planned. I thought ‘ok, not a problem’. She then told me Thieah needed to turn in her image for the yearbook by Friday – and today was Sunday!!

We were definitely on a time crunch and with  much predicted rain in the forecast all week things were not looking good for an outdoor session. However, we managed to squeeze our shoot in on Tuesday in between the rain showers!

With little time to plan, on Monday I discussed with Thieah, over the phone, some clothing ideas and in the end I said ‘most importantly to wear what she was comfortable in and made her feel good’. We arranged a meeting place & time and with that I said ‘See you tomorrow!’.

Thieah was full of nervous excitement and after a few clicks of the camera that gave way to smiles and laughter. She was easygoing and we talked about clothes, music, theatre and school during the shoot. After graduation, her plans are to study psychology.

Oh, and not only did we capture some fantastic photos of the gorgeous Thieah (those eyes!), she also selected her favorite image and it was sent off to the yearbook before Friday!!



Congratulations Thieah! Good Luck in all you do!

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Racers Reunited (Rennsport Reunion V)

I have been waiting to share this article I wrote and photos I took at Rennsport Reunion V down at Laguna Seca in Monterey. It appeared in the November edition of PorschePost (a UK magazine). I hope you enjoy reading it & looking at the photos. Merry Christmas!

Racers Reunited ~

(Rennsport Reunion V)

Laguna Seca was the place for Porsche fans to be in early September, with a glittering array of Stuttgart’s historic race cars and famous drivers brought together for the fifth Rennsport Reunion.

Report and photographs by Kristina Cilia

Porsche Rennsport Reunion V saw the celebration of the history of Porsche motorsport return to the renowned Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca in northern California. Three days of legendary drivers, exhibits and activities – and not least some exciting track action commemorated more than 60 years of Porsche racing history. Sponsored by Porsche Cars North America, this year’s jubilee paid special tribute to Porsche’s achievements at Le Mans.


The racing festival, held over the weekend of 25th to 27th September, brought together Porsche enthusiasts from around the world. It also reunited an impressive collection of vintage and current race cars, with more than 60 past and present Porsche drivers, engineers and teams in one momentous meeting. This year’s Grand Marshals were two of Porsche’s most successful drivers: Belgian Jacky Ickx, who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans six times, and American Hurley Haywood, who won the event on three occasions.


Three special cars were featured in the Porsche Paddock to highlight the theme of Legends of Le Mans. The 1949 356 SL was Porsche’s first factory entry at Le Mans, and outperformed all of its 1500cc competitors to win its class, and place 20th overall. Next to it was the 917 with chassis number 001. Although this particular car never competed, it represents the famous livery of the 917 that finished first at Le Mans in 1970, and put Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood into the history books. The third car, the number 19 Porsche 919 Hybrid, highlighted the company’s return to racing, earning it a first- and second place finish at Le Mans earlier this year, and giving Porsche a record-breaking 17th victory in the iconic event.


In addition, a number of important race cars had been brought in from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart: the 1971 917 LH, one of the fastest cars ever built, this long-tail version reaching over 240mph on the 3.7-mile Mulsanne Straight in 1971; the 1987 962, a 3.0-litre car introduced at Le Mans in 1987, which resulted in a sixth consecutive victory for the company; the 1995 WSC-95 Spyder, overall winner at Le Mans in 1995 and 1996, and the second time Porsche had consecutive victories in the same car; and not least the 1998 911 GT1-98, which brought the 16th and last victory for Porsche until 2015 in the 919 Hybrid.


The Porsche factory LMP1 team also made an appearance. Fresh from its victory at the Lone Star Grand Prix in Texas, the 919 Hybrid made several demonstration laps throughout the weekend. Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy, the team’s newest Le Mans winners, were on hand, as well as other current factory drivers including Mark Webber, Patrick Long and Jorg Bergmeister.


The guest list also included many others whose names are rooted in Porsche motorsport history. Richard Attwood and Hans Herrmann, first overall winners at Le Mans in 1970; Vic Elford, Monte Carlo Rally and 24 Hours of Daytona winner; Melanie Snow, team manager and driver for Snow Racing in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge, and class winner at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1999; Hartmut Kristen, retired vice-president of Porsche motorsport, and thus responsible for GT racing and the return of the Porsche factory GT teams to Le Mans. Derek Bell, John Fitzpatrick, John Horsman, Danny Sullivan, Jim Busby, Dennis Aase and many others were also on hand, making appearances and signing autographs over the weekend.


Porsche Club Great Britain was also represented at this fine event by two of its well-known members: Josh Sadler from independent specialist Autofarm in Oxfordshire, and Andy Prill from Prill Porsche Classics in Essex. The former had his 1970 911 ST crated up and flown to San Francisco, from whence he then drove it down to the famed track to compete in Group Three for the Eifel Trophy. Andy Prill drove a rare 1952 American Roadster 356 Heuer K/9-1, competing in Group Two for the Gmund Cup.


In addition, there were over 300 Porsche racing cars competing in seven race classes, ranging from pre-’A’ 356s to 991-model GT3 Cup cars vying for a top spot on the classic 2.238-mile, 11-turn course. Those who took part did so with a passion that embodies the Porsche spirit: these cars are meant to be driven.


Another must-see in the paddock was the Legends of Le Mans garage; highlighting 60 years of competition. This amazing display of cars, assembled from all over the world, was truly spectacular. The infield was just as exciting, with over 1400 Porsche road cars on display in their respective corrals, and vendors selling everything from parts to memorabilia showed up with plenty of eye candy for all Porsche enthusiasts. Momo even had Magnus Walker signing autographs as they launched his signature line of Prototipo steering wheels. Meanwhile, artist Nicolas Hunziker signed autographs alongside Vic Elford and Chad McQueen.


This weekend was definitely a sensory overload for all Porsche fans. It showed us, in no uncertain terms, how Porsche fanatics from all over the world so enthusiastically reunite and celebrate. Just another reminder that, as the old
saying goes, ‘There is no substitute’! PP

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