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Photo Wall Fun

Each year Grand Pacific Resorts invites me to photograph their holiday party. In the past we have done a red-carpet entrance – but this year they went all out with an amazing photo wall. The best thing about this party is that it is always themed – and the majority of attendees come dressed to the “theme”. This year the theme was the Roaring 20′s and the attendees did not disappoint in any way.

To match the party theme – the photo wall included appropriate props that might have comes straight off the set of Mad Men. There was a cigarette vendors tray, a vintage wall phone, old photo frames and old furniture. With groups of all different sizes (from 1 up to about 35 people) I had an incredibly fun and creative time posing people with these props and with each other.


Posted January 21st, 2013.

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Family Photos

Getting photos done once per year is a beautiful way to watch your family grow.  I have been taking photos of the Adams since the birth of their daughter – and each time their family grows, the photos just keep getting better and better.










Posted November 21st, 2012.

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Old Poway Engagement Photos

Courtney and Jordan were troopers yesterday morning… morning temperatures were in the high 30′s and they still agreed to meet me at 8AM for some nice early morning light.  But as is so often the case… the results are worth the effort as we had absolutely spectacular conditions for these photos.  Fortunately for all of us the temps started climbing pretty fast under the beautiful morning sun.

Old Poway Park has been a favorite location of mine for a long time – but I’ve never been able to talk anyone into getting up so early to do their pictures, so I was thrilled to have such a great looking couple keen to make great images with me.
Old Poway Park Portrait
Old Poway Park Engagement
Old Poway Park Train Tracks
Train Tracks Engagement Photos
Poway Train
Poway Engagement Photos
Engagement Ring Portrait
Engagement Diamond Ring Portrait
Engagement Photos on Bridge
Engagement Photos on Train Bridge
Old Poway Park

Posted November 14th, 2012.

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Holiday Photo Mini Sessions

It is only October but I already feel like I’m late posting these dates because I have had so many people ask about this.  My holiday mini-sessions have been extremely popular in past years so please contact me right away if you are interested in having some family photos done this year.

So far my confirmed dates include:

October 28 from 9AM-12PM

November 3 from 9AM -11AM

November 17 from 1PM-3PM

November 18 from 1PM-3PM

November 24 from3PM-5PM

December dates TBA

Posted October 19th, 2012.

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Occupational Hazard: Being a Photographer with Two Adorable Boys

Children of photographers… beware :)

Normally when I’m out with the boys – the cameras stay at home.  Managing 2 little boys is enough of a challenge without throwing thousands of dollars of camera into the mix.  But a few days ago when we took everyone on their first camping trip, it seemed like a good opportunity to bring a camera along.  Of course I only came equipped with one camera and one lens, but they seemed like a good choice (Canon 5DmkIII plus 35mm F1.4L). We ventured up to Mount Laguna to the Burnt Rancheria campground for this very quick overnight trip.
Camping at Mount Laguna
Mount Laguna Children
Cooking and Camping
Camping Baby
Feeding Charlie
Camping with my boys
Bed time in tent
Mount Laguna Astrophotography
Family Photo Mount Laguna
Dave Portrait
Sun Flare Portrait

Posted September 19th, 2012.

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Crystal Pier Engagement Photos

I met Ben and Christina at 8AM on Sunday down at Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach. Of course the first thing I had to do when we met up was apologize for being a bit wiped out – I never would have guessed that the wedding I shot in Laguna Beach the night before was going to be 100+ degrees – and it really took a lot out of me. But Ben and Christina are a super chill couple and the whole theme of the shoot was a low-key “lifestyle” shoot so I like to think that my fatigue helped contribute to the final look in a positive way… haha – at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it

Crystal Pier Engagement
Pacific Beach Engagement
Pacific Beach Cruiser Bike Engagement Photo
Engagement Photos Bikes
Engagement double on bike
Heart Hands
Bike on pier
Crystal Pier Engagement Photos

Posted September 17th, 2012.

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Family Photos at Presidio Park

I have photographed 2 weddings in the lower portions of Presidio Park but I had never had a chance to explore the upper portions of the park with any of my past clients.  Brad and Heather were open to anything I suggested so I figured we’d give it a shot… and it turned out to be just as great as I imagined.  Although I have not finished editing the pictures for their photo session, I wanted to share these first few photos right away.

father daughter at the park

Mother Son at the Park

Family Photos at Presidio Park San Diego

Little girl in the trees

Little girl in the trees

Family Photos in the forest

Family Portrait in the forest

Kids playing in trees

Family Photos in Presidio Park
Family Photos in Presidio Park

Family Photos in Presidio Park

Posted September 11th, 2012.

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Professional Portraits

Presenting an image of yourself as a professional is an important first step in gaining the respect of clients and colleagues. But unfortunately (in my opinion), the “traditional” professional portrait is boring, it is stiff, it is lifeless… and it is just not “you”.

Along comes someone like Corinna who has recently started a social media marketing business CorConnections – and I get the opportunity to play around with a Creative take on the professional business portrait.

Professional portraits
Professional Portraits
B&W Portrait
Black and White Professional Portrait

Posted September 1st, 2012.

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Baby Sophie

Baby Sophie arrive in this world just a little bit early – but she sure is cute


Baby Portraits
Baby Fingers
Baby Hands
Baby Sophie

Posted September 1st, 2012.

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Bernardo Winery and Torrey Pines Engagement Photos

This amazing photo shoot started at Bernardo Winery and ended at Torrey Pines Beach
Bernardo Winery Portrait
Rancho Bernardo Winery
Engagement Photo Rancho Bernardo
Barn photos engagement
Rancho Bernardo Winery
Save-the-date
Engagement Photos
kiss in flowers
engagement ring hands
Save the Date Vineyard
vineyard portrait
vineyard kiss portrait
vineyard portrait
Portrait Antique Farm Equipment

Torrey Pines Engagement Photos
Torrey Pines Engagement Beach


Run in water engagement
Engagement jump in water

Posted July 31st, 2012.

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