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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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The Elephant Boy, Joshua Tree and Drop Bears

A good photographer friend of mine from Australia, Xanthe Roxburgh was traveling through Los Angeles on her way to New York, and I got a chance to hang out with her while she was staying with another photographer friend of ours Jess Schilling. We all decided that it would be the greatest thing in the world to drive out to Joshua Tree during Coachella traffic. Good thing Xanthe’s son Arlo was there to entertain us on the drive out with songs about the mythical and highly dangerous Drop Bears of Australia. According to lore, they perch on trees and kill […]

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Vegas Baby! WPPI Desert Photoshoot

My first trip to WPPI 2012 was so much fun! Between hangovers, early morning educational classes, and murdering hookers we actually got a chance to go do a little photographing with some of my SWPB friends. We went out to a dry lake bed about 40 minutes South of the Strip and had some model talent meet up with us. Here are some shots with my great friend Jamie from Austin. She’s super beautiful, so we decided to trailer trash it up a bit at the end and do some donuts around her with my X-Terra while she wore a […]

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LeeAn in Imperial Beach

I was excited to hear that my friend LeeAn was going to be in SoCal visiting her mom. I asked her if she would come down and hang out in San Diego for a day or so since I hadn’t seen her in about 9 years. She said she would if I did some headshots for her acting career back in Austin, and a fine art portrait session to boot. I said “deal!” for sure. So we went to one of my favorite places in the world, Imperial Beach, back in November and did some really cool stuff. I even […]

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