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What Happens When You Miss the Cave at Ulu Watu?

I was fucked. The sun was gone, and the current kept dragging me around the large rocks next to the cliff. I don’t panic easily, but I knew I wasn’t in a good spot and I had to do something or I would be coming back to the United States in a bodybag. That’s if they even found my body floating somewhere out in the Indian Ocean. An hour before, I lumbered down Ulu Watu’s famed staircase, one of Bali’s most sacred spots. My target was the world class surf spot with the same name, at the bottom of the stairs. This day, […]

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In Memorium of David Foltz

It was a precocious little 4 year old girl that introduced me to David Foltz. Sandora (it’s French, pronounced Shandorah), would wander into MPA Architecture, the architecture office I worked for at the time, and sit down next to me and start drawing, coloring and humming an imaginary tune, while I worked on the latest building I was assigned to. The scene was a Live/Work Loft building on 12th & J Street downtown, and because Sandora didn’t have a yard or friends, the people that worked in the building were her friends. The 4 year old was confident, and would visit my […]

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Why I Wrote the Snow Frogs Movie

  Let’s start with, “What the f**k is a Snow Frog?” Well, they don’t really exist. Snow Frogs was an idea I came up with one day while driving up the mountains into Ruidoso, New Mexico. I had just decided to leave my then wife, and felt that a trip out to see my mom in San Diego was in order. It was Christmas time, and hearts were broken. Not only were Heather and I not destined to be with each other, but our 9 year old dog, Moen, had gone through a year of treatments to figure what exactly was […]

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A New Chapter

2015 has been an interesting year. Journeys of the world and journeys of the heart. In the end, my passport wasn’t the only thing getting stamped (crushed is more apt a word). Yes, I fell in love, and had my heart broken. It wasn’t the first time. Likely not the last, but it hurt. It hurts every time, intensely. I’m reading currently Tom Petty’s biography. The Heartbreaker’s band leader himself described “heartbreak” as a paralyzing, physical, radiating of pain. I have to agree. It could be Karma. I believe it’s a thing, I stole a kid’s bike when I was younger. And since, […]

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The Banman Clan

What are Sundays like for Jeff, Morgan, and Jeff’s girls Kate & Alex? Well, I got to find out recently. We planned one of my Family Photojournalism photography session to get a slice of life and document their life together. It started at Jeff and Morgan’s beautiful little home in Linda Vista with Morgan getting ready to go out, and Jeff hanging out with the girls. Getting bored of waiting for Morgan, they decided to go play in the trees in the front yard. And Alex grabbed one of my cameras and became a photographer too. Once Morgan was done, […]

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WPPI – Annual Vegas Shoot 2013

I just got back from my third year in a row at WPPI, (the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International). Each year a bunch of  photographers get together and congregate in Sin City to attempt to learn things. Mostly what happens is it turns into partying and a little bit of photography happens, and if we can squeeze in a little time, we might take a class or two. This year, despite bringing a full camera bag, and about a pound of film, I ended up not shooting one single frame while I was there. I had some work to do for […]

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Kariem & Natalie’s Mission Bay Wedding

Kariem and I went to high school together. He was quite the awesome guy. He told me he was getting married just a couple days after I decided to start shooting weddings again. A sign if anything. Kariem and Natalie together are quite possibly the best expression of love out there. I loved watching and photographing them smile at each other all day long. It didn’t stop. As I was editing these photos weeks later, I often though that they could very well still be smiling at each other just like that. Please enjoy the photos.

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Mark & Andrea’s Wedding at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills

About 3 years ago, I retired from wedding photography and began focusing on Flaunt Your Site my web development company for other photographers. I was so focused on creating websites for other photographers I had totally forgot how much I missed the excitement, thrill and pure love I have for shooting weddings. I had been talking with Andrea about potentially doing a website with her since she was intensifying her own photography business. We hit it off right away, a couple 2-3 hour conversations talking about the excitement of running and promoting a business and photography in general. At the beginning […]

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Kariem & Natalie’s Engagement Session in Coronado & Otay Lake

It was around 92-93 when I met this half black/half Puerto Rican cat named Kariem. He transfered to Mar Vista High from outer space and intrigued me with his big brain and his knack for making guitars bleed. I knew this guy was going to be up to something in life, whatever that meant. Cut to 20 years later, and he and I connect on Facebook, find out we’re nearly neighbors, and decide to start running together. I also find out the dude is happily engaged and about to become happily married. Eventually I meet his betrothed, the sweetest Natalie, […]

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