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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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Scorpion Bay Surf Trip

Patagonia founder, Dam buster, and mountaineer, Yvon Chounard talks about adventure, not as just a trip or journey but as being something that happens when everything goes wrong on the journey. 14 years ago, I took a life changing trip deep into the Mexican Baja desert for a surf trip, that easily qualifies as Adventure in Yvon’s viewpoint. Seized engines, transvestite prostitutes, nearly severed tendons, running out of money, and oh yeah, epic surf. And that was just one week! That one trip spawned a love affair with the thousand mile stretch of rugged, untamed Old California that still exists today. […]

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Night Surfing

I’m about to crawl in bed after just coming in from a surf session. Yes, that’s right, a surf session. I paddled out at 1-ish am after drinking and partying. When else would you I suppose… I can only liken it to a religious kind of an experience. The Bio-luminescence I spoke of the other day was out in force. And I discovered it’s not just a ‘thing’ that happens, but the waves glowing when they crash is actually the process of millions of individual life forms actually lighting up!!! As I paddled out into the dead, dark sea,  I […]

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14 years… Scorpion Bay, then and now.

I’m writing this from the same exact camp spot I stayed at when I was 23 years old. Here are a few initial observations… What’s changed? I didn’t have to sell my vehicle in a junk yard in San Ignacio because I failed to put oil in it. I have gray hair. 3 surfboards instead of one. I am decked out a laptop, an iPhone and 3 cameras (geez, could I get more pretentious???)There are WAY more people here. There were 10 guys and girls out at 2nd point vibing each other for 2 foot waves during tonight’s evening session. […]

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