“The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran is one of my all time favorite books. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. If you have, I highly recommend re-reading it. It is an epically beautiful collection of poetry laid out in a narrative that touches on subjects including: life, death, joy, sorrow, giving, marriage, reason, friendship, pain to name a few. Written in 1923, this work stands the test of the time with its universally empathetic tributes to the human experience.
I’m a firm believer that the arts are an extremely important component to any community, especially small communities. The arts provide an avenue of culture, education, discussion and experiences that can range from political to purely artistic, displayed in everything from poetry to painting to photography to the theatre. There’s really no limit to how impactful the arts can be to a city or town.
Winds in the east, mist coming in,
Like somethin’ is brewin’ and bout to begin
-Bert, Mary Poppins
I love taking photographs. I carry a camera with me almost everywhere I go. Photography is something I've always had a quiet fascination with. The art of capturing a moment, making time stand still, and evoking emotion from a memory has always seemed like the highest form of art.
To kick off the start of a very busy month and even busier season of school, work and travel, I took myself on a personal retreat. I drove to Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, California for a day of retreat, meditation, reading, writing, silence, and solitude. As an artist, spiritual individual, Enneagram 4(w5), INFJ, and whatever other indicators that I'm an extreme introvert, I felt taking a vow of silence for a day at a monastery would be a great way to recharge.
So, you've figured out what kind of photography you're interested in, did a little research about possible places to shop, now it's time to figure out what kind of camera system to invest in. This is the point where you'll hit a split in the road: full frame vs. crop sensor.
What Kind of Camera Should I Buy? is one of the most common questions I get asked when people find out I'm a professional photographer. I love talking about cameras, the history of cameras, technological advances, and where the market is headed. But, most people aren't looking for me to geek out, they simply want to know what kind of camera they should buy. It's a fair and valid question considering the market is saturated with options: Nikon...Canon...Fuji...Leica...Hasselblad...Sony...the list is endless.
Traveling is one of my favorite things to do. The people, the food, the sights, the journey itself, you just never know what you're going to run into. While I love a good, long adventurous road trip, some of my favorites have been small day trips within a few hours of where I live.
When most people think of California cuisine one of the first things that come to mind is seafood! Living in southern California I am fortunate to have an abundance of fresh seafood and seafood restaurants to dine at.
This last week I tried going on a vacation…..
Every once in awhile I'll get the opportunity to photograph one of those perfect houses. You know, the ones where the moment you walk in you're overwhelmed by how masterfully the architecture and decor compliment each other, and how, if they'd let you, you'd move right in.
If I've learned anything over the last 4 years in Austin it's that Texans love two things: Texas and BBQ. Growing up in New York a BBQ meant hamburgers, hot dogs, and spiedies. It didn't really matter if the grill was charcoal or gas, whatever you had was good enough. It took almost no time to learn that BBQ in Texas is a far cry from what I'm used to and is, in fact, a sacred, time-honored, regionally specific craft.
I recently had the pleasure of photographing a dinner service at Austin's newest vegan/vegetarian restaurant, Citizen Eatery. As a former vegetarian I prefer this style of cuisine and living in Texas it can be almost impossible to find. From the minute I walked in I knew this was not just going to be a fun shoot, but a place that I'd return to again and again.
Balboa At Night is one of my early photographs. It's not my first, but one of my very early ones. It wasn't overly planned or strategically scouted. I was on a walk with B, looked over and loved the reflection in the pool.
I had never stepped into a boxing club before this week. I can't tell you the rules of boxing or how you win (besides the obvious KO). All I know is that when the chance to photograph a club in central Texas arose, I jumped at it.