November 9, 2015

A recent family portrait session

Now is family portrait time and I wanted to share this recent session with Shawn and Keith’s gorgeous family!

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Two years ago I was fortunate to have photographed the family for our Kids of OC project (this years’ session was also a Kids of OC session) and I am amazed at how much the kids have grown up in such a short period of time.

As a parent it rips my heart out when I see how fast time is flying as I watch my own kids get older so quickly. Photography and video are our only ways to “stop time” and I am grateful that Keith and Shawn recognize that and have me photograph them.

This is one of the best times of the year to do a family session — especially at the beach because the fall/winter light here in California is simply amazing, the beach is relatively empty (compared to the middle of summer!) and the water has been surprisingly warm!

Contact the studio below to schedule your fall portrait session in time for the holidays!

November 3, 2015

Lindsay + Preston’s OC Wedding | Time Lapse Video | Turnip Rose

This little 44 second time lapse video is from the wedding ceremony of Lindsay and Preston from this past Saturday (Halloween) at
Turnip Rose in Costa Mesa.

What a fun couple and what a great group of guests who dressed in 1920s attire for the wedding.

technical info: Sony a6000, Mefoto tripod, camera fired every 5 seconds, jpegs processed in LR and then assembled in Premiere Pro CC 2015.
#sonyalpha #turniprose #linston1031

October 14, 2015

New Sony RX1 RII full frame compact camera

Sony RX1 R II just announced by Sony!Sony did it again!

They’ve taken their original full frame small form factor camera — the RX 1 — and totally upgraded it with many features that Sony a7R II photographers are sure to love!

Improvements include:

42 mp sensor
Improved AF
Eye AF
Variable Low Pass Filter (the first of it’s kind)
Built in pop up EVF (with Zeiss T* coating)

Though not inexpensive (around $3300 US) it is sure to be an amazing imaging beast in a small, palm sized camera.

To read more, please go here:

October 11, 2015

Tesoro vs El Toro | Friday Night Lights

(This is my second year of documenting Friday Night Lights with the Tesoro H.S. Titans. Last year’s project resulted in a book and movie and I plan to do the same with this year’s team. As a former news photographer this is right up my alley and a project that I have wanted to do ever since Buzz Bissinger’s book “Friday Night Lights” was published in 1990. A huge thanks to Matt Poston, the coaches, players and families from this year’s team for allowing me to photograph this year’s games).

Friday Night Lights recap:
At halftime, it sure seemed dire for Tesoro.

They were down 21-0, seemed to be like a fighter on their heals and without their starting QB Devon Modster, who injured his shoulder during the previous week’s game. Not to mention El Toro was almost flawless in that first half.

But back-up QB Carter Jaenichen has what corner backs coach Sam Reed would call: “Moxie”.

Carter and the team showed incredible resiliency and fight as they came back to win 31-28 in one of the wildest comeback games that I have witnessed.

Next week will surely demand Tesoro’s best as they face nearby rival Mission Viejo on Friday.










September 9, 2015

New Camera Bags from Think Tank Photo!

For photographers:Mirrorless Mover 25i lowres

Retrospective Leather lowres

Our friends at Think Tank Photo just announced the release of two new product line extensions as well as a new “free gift” offer.

The first are the Retrospective® 5 Leather, Retrospective® 7 Leather, and Retrospective® 30 Leather. These upscale, rugged shoulder bags maintain the Retrospective’s casual, form-fitting design. A new Dual Cross buckle on the front flap provides an extra measure of security. The new shoulder bags are designed to hold tablets and laptops in dedicated zipper pockets.

The new Mirrorless® Mover 25i fits one medium to large mirrorless body, plus two to four lenses, an 8” tablet, and additional accessories. It features metal hardware, high quality fabrics, YKK® zippers and a magnetic closure.

And, through the end of September, whenever you buy an eligible backpack from Think Tank you will receive Camera Support Straps V2.0 along with a Camera Strap V2.0 free! Think Tank offers a wide variety of innovative, high quality transportation and field photography backpacks. Order one and you will get to experience something really unique, which is having the weight of your camera shifted from your neck to your backpack harness system. With the Camera Support Strap V2. no more sore shoulders or neck aches!

Please use these affiliate codes if you do chose to purchase:

September 2, 2015

New Sony Alpha Universe Website Debuts!

I’m very proud to share the news that Sony Electronics has just launched their newly designed website for all things Sony Alpha Cameras called Alpha Universe!

Here’s a look at the main home page:


Included are profiles on the 40+ members of the ever-expanding Sony Artisans of Imagery Program (of which I am proud to be a member!). You’ll find photographs, information and inspiration from the photographers in this group and you can see what this looks like here:


The new Social section includes photographs from around the web by photographers that use the #sonyalpha on their social media. It’s a great way to showcase what you’re doing using Sony Alpha Cameras!


The Calendar section allows you to connect with members of the Sony Artisan Program that are doing meet-ups, seminars and talks about the Sony Alpha Cameras! See if there’s an upcoming event soon in your area!


Finally, in the Discover section of the site, you’ll find a variety of tips and techniques that you might find helpful as you learn more about the ever-expanding Sony Alpha line of cameras.


I hope you find the work a good source of information and inspiration in your photography!

August 10, 2015

Feature of the Sony a7rII — Silent Shooting Mode!!

As a photojournalist I always wanted to be the proverbial “fly on the wall”.

It was always a bit tricky to be that invisible especially when a camera with motor drive would make a very loud and distinctive sound.

In sporting events and other loud events like NASCAR or a Metallica concert it never mattered.

But in other situations — on the set of a television show, shooting pro golf (you can’t shoot during the backswing if you want to stay on the course, or during a putt), a funeral or other religious ceremony, in a high-powered private meeting — being invisible is imperative.

All of those situations are very tricky with DSLR cameras. I’ve even tried (over the course of my career) using cameras such as a Leica, with it’s quiet shutter, but even that could be heard and there were a lot of limitations for lenses (in a courtroom you would often need a longer lens such as the ubiquitous 70-200 to adequately tell the story). Then there is the Jacobson Blimp — a staple on the soundstages of the movie business — proof that shooting quietly was not a perfect enterprise. Yes the box deadened the sound, but it was big, awkward to work with and pricey.

Soft blimps — that is fabric types of blimps — did just an okay job but were never as quiet as they needed to be and would not be considered quiet enough for work on television.

Thankfully with the advances in camera technology, there’s now a way to shoot silently with the Sony a7rII (though the Sony a7s was the first Sony mirrorless camera to incorporate this feature).

And this morning, I got to see the benefit of this technology first hand.

At the local Tesoro H.S. where I photograph the Tesoro Titans football team, they had their first day of camp and it started with a meeting. Head Coach Matt Poston addressed a packed classroom and I shot a combination of stills and video.

These three photographs were made with the camera, the 35mm f1.4 lens and the camera in Silent Shooting Mode.

Finally you can truly be that “fly on the wall” (when it comes to shutter sound) while shooting still photographs!!
ETA: You can now set the Silent Shooting Mode to a custom button! I now have the C3 button set to Silent Shooting.

July 27, 2015

UPDATED!! Sony a7rii Launch Event at Samy’s Camera LA August 22, 2015 — Third Session Added!!!

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The Sony a7rii Launch Event on Saturday, August 22nd at Samys Camera in Los Angelesis going to be fantastic!

Here’s an update:

· First two sessions are SOLD OUT
· Sony is giving away over $2000 in ZEISS glass ( 1 Sony Zeiss lens per session) MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN
· Think Tank Photo will be giving away 1 bag per session
· Session #3 opened due to overwhelming demand of the class

To Sign Up, please go to this link

July 23, 2015

Will Your Children Be in the 2015 Kids of OC Charity Photo Book Project?


Nicki and I are proud to announce our 8th Kids of Orange County Charity Photo Book Project!

And this is the project that just keeps on going and continues to raise money for a worthy charity — in this case Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

So far, this project has raised over $60,000 for CHOC by the 100% donation of the $100/family session fee for this project.


This project is a great fit for OC families that love CHOC and wish to have wonderful portraits of their children that they’ll be able to treasure for years to come.

One portrait of each of their kids will be in the 2015 book with their first name.

Our goal for the year is to photograph children from 100 OC Families raising $10,000 for CHOC.

Please reach out to the studio by using the attached contact form and we’ll be in touch with you!

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