April 24th, 2015:
I am a strong believer in the transformative power of travel. It enlightens you, inspires creativity and brings a understanding that your “way” is not the only way. I feel so strongly about this that about a decade ago, when my niece Madalyn was about 3 years old, I made her a promise that when she turned 13 years old I would take her anywhere in the world she wanted to go. Since I made that promise I have met Felicia (my wife) in Tibet, have traveled to about 40 countries, and started a full blown photography business, always knowing that 2015 would be Madalyn’s first trip out of the U.S.
She chose Ireland about a week after I first made her this offer, and stuck with it during the intervening decade. So last month, her and I boarded a plane at LAX and headed off to meet Felicia for 10 days of adventures exploring castles, eating cottage pie, and generally running amok about this corner of the old world.
Theres not really much to say other than that Madalyn made one of the most badass travelers I have ever met. She tried everything, ate everything and maintained a kinetic energy that had Felicia and I struggling to keep up. I won’t say that I am travel-jaded, but when traveling with a 13 year old to whom everything is new and exciting, I definitely had to try and keep up. As much as I preach the inspirational power of travel, Madalyn reminded me to see the new and exciting in the everyday. – Thank you Madalyn.
Ireland Part 2 coming next week!
About our 4th day of the trip we were able to meet up with Jake + Noelle, whose wedding we photographed last summer and who are currently on a 9 month around the world trip – check out their travel blog here. It was wonderful to catch up and always amazing to hear more stories from the road.
April 22nd, 2015:
We first met Joseph way back in 2011 at his son’s Michael’s wedding, Felicia and always remembered him as a talkative man, with a sense of humor and a open, candidness about him. So, when Joseph called me a few months back and told me he would be marrying Ilana in the spring, I was excited to meet her and thrilled to capture their day. As I got to know these two better, I could see the easy relationship that was there and the joy they have in finding each other. Cara (my second photographer) and I had a wonderful afternoon as their wedding was celebrated at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades on a delightful spring day, surrounded by their loved ones.
Congrats again to you both! Have an wonderful life together!
April 8th, 2015:
We first met Megan two and a half years ago at her sister Katie’s wedding to Steven, and when it came time for Megan and her fiancé, John, to start their wedding planning they gave us a call. It’s quite the honor to be able to capture anyones wedding, but I am extra thrilled to have the chance to reunite with this clan for another of their families celebrations.
After a bit of planning we settled on downtown Ventura for Megan + John’s engagement shoot. The pier/beach were the spot of their first date and we even headed up to the hillside overlooking the ocean and town where John first told Megan he loved her. It’s always amazing when couple decide to bring elements of their own story into their engagement shoot and it lets me glimpse a bit into their past.
Thanks for the fun shoot and I’ll see you two in a few weeks at your wedding!
April 5th, 2015:
Last month Kenny and I headed over to The Oakmont Country Club in Glendale to capture Jennifer + Daniel‘s wedding day. It was a spectacular March day with crisp blue skies and a day packed with positive energy from these two!
I hope you both had a fantastic time honeymooning in France and thanks again for having us as part of your wedding celebration!
March 12th, 2015:
We met Candice and Ron a little more than a year ago at Nathan and Joanna‘s wedding in the Dominican Republic where Candice played the role of maid or honor and sister of the groom, and since I had already spent a few days around them at an all-inclusive resort, I knew in advance that they are very chill people. When they sent over a few pictures of their wild Santa Clarita back yard as a location for their engagement shoot I all about it – when I got there the colors and light just popped and I couldn’t of asked for more.
Thanks to you both for the great afternoon and the chance to visually tell your story! See you soon!
March 6th, 2015:
A few days back I headed down to Seal Beach to meet up with Rose and Daniel to photograph their engagement pictures around Gum Grove and the Seal Beach Pier. It’s still that epic time of year in Southern California where everything is green from recent rains and all the flowers are in bloom, so as soon as I walked into this location I was grinning ear to ear. When Rose and Daniel showed up and brought their super casual sense of humor and laid back attitudes it made for a perfect afternoon to be shooting.
Congrats again you two and I’ll see you in June!
Friday February 13th, 2015:
Last weekend Kenny and I headed over to Shannon + Garrett’s house to celebrate their wedding with them in their backyard. Being two of the coolest people you’ll ever meet, they kept the afternoon super chill, even going as far as helping each other get dressed for the day and enjoying their reception in a bouncy house! You really can’t hate on that.
All in all, it was a perfect day and I am thrilled to have clients who are so relaxed and in love. Congrats you two!
February 2nd, 2015:
Wow, it’s already February… holy crap the first month of the year went fast!
Other than all the time I spent in Portugal over the holidays, the main purpose of my trip to Europe was to hang out with my wife, Felicia, who is currently in graduate school in London. As you can imagine, after a hugely busy 2014 wedding season and not seeing her for 3 months the last thing I wanted to do was carry around my big “work cameras” (Canon 5D3‘s) while hanging out with her and exploring these cities. I really just wanted to relax, catch up with her and maybe take a few pictures in the process. That said, I brought along my newest toy and one if my favorite cameras I have ever owned, the Fuji X100T.
All the images in this post are created with that camera. While the x100T does have some limitations, the fact that it is super light (just under 1lb) and the image quality is damn nice, combines to make a near perfect little travel camera for daily use. If the primary purpose of an outing is not a photoshoot (or even if it is), this is just the thing to bring along – small, easy to use, beautiful image quality and always there when you need it. I can’t rant enough about this piece of gear.
Anyhow, here are a few pictures from our meanderings in London and Antwerp.
Me and my Fuji X100T on Christmas day, drinking a pint.
January 27th, 2015:
For the last two nights of my time in Portugal, I settled into the riverside city of Porto. Porto is Portugal’s second largest population center, the place where the country gets half it’s name from and all of it’s port wine. My days were spent wandering the street looking for the right light and drinking coffee beside the river – my nights were quiet ones spent reading and indulging in a bit of the local food/port/cheese. It was a relatively mellow couple of days, but it was the perfect setting to end my time in the quaint country.
January 23rd, 2015:
Evora is one of those little towns that you come across when traveling that you don’t really know what it is, but you just don’t feel like leaving. There really wasn’t much to see – a church, some roman ruins and plenty of yellow and cream color buildings – but as soon as I checked in to the Hostel Namaste (very highly recommended by me) I felt at home and instantly decided to tack on at least an extra night.
The first night I was there was December 31st and Maria (the hostel owner), invited us along with her to a local party consisting of mostly young families and the middle aged demographic – other than me and couple other travelers in our group, the room consisted of about 100 Portuguese people, wine/whiskey that just kept flowing and live music. Over the course of night the other travelers and I got to talking about the little hillside town of Monsaraz, which was supposedly beautiful but inaccessible without a car, We were kind of bummed we’d miss out seeing it when another lady at out table leans over and says “You need a car? I have a car. Cars are for getting places and I don’t need it tomorrow.”
The next day found us heading towards the Spanish border in a 15 year old car that rattled a bit with the advice of “If it makes noise, don’t worry about it, it’s old!” It was a great day behind the wheel, even if the recommendation was to drive gently and don’t go over 100km/h. I am always amazed at the generosity of people.
I ended up staying 3 nights here and spent long afternoons doing nothing but reading my book, drinking coffee and chatting about philosophy with Maria (who has a a PhD in the subject and taught it for 30 year). It was just the right way for me to start off 2015.