meet the muse: Fort Point, San Francisco

The personally creative side of my photography goes through variations of inspiration and focus.  Sometimes I have the time and energy to create extensive, comprehensive bodies of work, and sometimes my muses emerge over long periods of study, often with many returns to the same subject over many, many years. My love of Fort Point,Continue reading “meet the muse: Fort Point, San Francisco”

A surprise proposal photoshoot, laughter & late summer sun

It is always an honor to witness and document the special moments that people will forever treasure, and when I was approached to provide clandestine photography of a surprise engagement at a beautiful coastal location, I could not resist the opportunity.  Arrangements were made, secret updates and texts sent, and as the sun settled withContinue reading “A surprise proposal photoshoot, laughter & late summer sun”

Monterey Car Week 2015 – The Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue

It is an August ritual, the gleaming chrome, rumbling engines, shifting gears and crowds of automotive aficionados, all converging to transform Monterey, California into a car collector’s paradise.  From vintage automobile races to open-air shows, there are endless opportunities to see examples of fine historic vehicles and rare luxury supercars up close and in beautifulContinue reading “Monterey Car Week 2015 – The Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue”

San Juan Bautista, California

A lovely day-trip destination, San Juan Bautista delights with a blend of history, culture, small-town charm, and delicious culinary adventures.  After thoroughly exploring the mission, being sure to peek around corners into less-explored rooms and taking the time to absorb the architectural and historical details, stroll down to the adjacent and very walkable main streetContinue reading “San Juan Bautista, California”

Santa Cruz, surfing Steamer Lane at sunset

In the stillness between waves, dedicated surfers wait in the rise and fall of a winter swell.  This image was captured shortly after a spectacular sunset had painted the pastel skies off of the coast of Santa Cruz, California. These quiet moments are as much a part of surf culture as catching the biggest orContinue reading “Santa Cruz, surfing Steamer Lane at sunset”

Happy Holidays from Monterey Bay, California

One of many local holiday traditions, the Lighted Boat Parade brightens up the Monterey Bay from the harbor to Cannery Row, offering a colorful celebration of the season’s cheer.  Families with small children and longtime community residents enjoy the camaraderie as they line the piers and beaches to view the parade of boats decorated withContinue reading “Happy Holidays from Monterey Bay, California”

Harbor seal mothers and their playful pups

On the sheltered beaches of Monterey, Carmel, and Point Lobos, one can catch a lovely glimpse into the lives of harbor seals.  This time of year, the cute harbor seal pups are beginning to explore their watery homes, and their mothers keep a watchful eye as they swim through the swaying kelp forests and quietContinue reading “Harbor seal mothers and their playful pups”

Pastures of Heaven

“After the bare requisites of living and reproducing, man wants most to leave some record of himself, a proof, perhaps, that he has really existed. He leaves his proof on wood, on stone, or on the lives of other people. This deep desire exists in everyone, from the boy who scribbles on a wall toContinue reading “Pastures of Heaven”

Salinas Valley, winter into spring

“February in Salinas is likely to be damp and cold and full of miseries. The heaviest rains fall then, and if the river is going to rise, it rises then.” – John Steinbeck, from ‘East of Eden’ This past February did not bring much rain, and the Salinas River has barely risen from it’s meandering,Continue reading “Salinas Valley, winter into spring”

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Roaring engines, rare hand-polished chrome curves, and an enduring love of engineering and racing are all on display at the 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The paddock and racetrack at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca become an open-air museum, where the vintage cars on display are also put through their paces on the track. Seeing classicContinue reading “Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion”

one truck, two treatments

Both of these photos were shot in the same hour, in the indian summer heat of an October afternoon. Sunlight filtered through the dusty rows of a seemingly endless walnut orchard, and this decaying old pick-up truck was interesting from every angle. The first image was an early attempt at creative lighting and a foundContinue reading “one truck, two treatments”