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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

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Ocean Beach Wedding

Chris and Jon were teamed up for another beautiful San Diego Wedding – this time in Ocean Beach. We don’t get to team up together for every wedding – but when we do we always have a blast working together. This wedding took place in the courtyard at the Ocean Beach Hotel which is immediately adjacent to the Ocean Beach Pier. The sky on this particular day was a photographers dream come true – with a mix of light overcast and some awesome cloud formations.

Ocean Beach Hotel Wedding
Ocean Beach Pier Wedding
Flower Girl Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach Hotel Wedding
Ocean Beach Hotel Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony at Ocean Beach
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony Kiss
Ocean Beach Pier Wedding Portraits
Wedding Photos Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach Pier Bridal Photos
San Diego Wedding Photos
Wedding Cake

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UCSD Photography Classes

Another section of Photography classes has ended at UCSD. I am currently putting together my “stuff” so I can assign grades – and I was just reflecting on what a great group we had this semester. As always – there was a wide variety of knowledge and skill coming into the first class. One student had JUST picked up his first DSLR camera and was eager to learn how to use it. Another student was recently retired and had been using SLR cameras for several decades. Yet another student was super keen to learn as much as possible as fast as possible and had already attended other classes and workshops. But by the end of the semester I think it is safe to say that everyone came away with a bunch of new friends and at least a few new tips and tricks to incorporate into their skill set as photographers. I can only hope that every class I teach has the amazing dynamic of this one.

During our class field trip I do a lot of “modeling” so we can learn about portrait sessions. I can thank Ed Brown for the newest collection to my personal portraits…
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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

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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

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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

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Presidio Park Slideshow

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Presidio Park Wedding

This small but wonderful wedding took place in Presidio Park last weekend. The ceremony was absolutely perfect and then we headed down to Balboa Park for some portraits with the bridal party.

From a personal perspective… one of my favorite parts of the day is that the officiant (the bride’s brother) turned out to be the owner of my absolute favorite local coffee shop (http://www.sweetestbuzz.com/). It always makes my day when I find a connection like that !

Presidio Park Groom
Presidio Park Rolls Royce Bride
Presidio Park Flower Girl
Presidio Park Flower Girls

Presidio Park Wedding
Presidio Park Wedding Groom
Best Man
Grooms Ring
Bride's Ring
Presidio Park Wedding First Kiss
Wedding Bubbles
Flower Girls Wedding Bubbles
Family Portrait at Wedding
Bride and Groom Portraits
Bride and Groom Portraits at Balboa Park
Balboa Park Reflecting Pond Wedding Portrait
Balboa Park Bridal Portraits
Balboa Park Rose Garden Wedding Portrait
Rose Garden Wedding Photo

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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
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

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California State Games — BMX —

It was a pleasure to photograph the California State Games BMX competition held at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. This was (of course) not held on the Olympic track, but the smaller more “normal” sized BMX track. Participants ranged in age from about 10 years old up to old guys – with a few top international pros in the mix too. The only major crash of the day happened during warm-up when a broken fork caused an ugly looking spill – but fortunately the rider walked away with a smile on his face.

California State Games BMX
Chula Vista BMX Racing
BMX Racing Califorina
BMX Berm
California State Games BMX 2012
Childrens BMX Race
BMX Jump

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