Posted on March 20, 2023
That’s my daughter P., a wonder and a joy. I share this photo because it says something about the importance of the Old Ways. Getting outside, climbing trees, and reading books, analog preferably.
As you may know, depression and anxiety have spiked sharply among boys and girls since 2010, but especially for girls—and especially “liberal” girls. Boys and girls across the political spectrum are suffering, but liberal girls are suffering most. Why?
One of my favorite thinkers and writers is Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist who studies morality and is “making sense of the momentous sociological, cultural, and epistemological changes that occurred in many nations in the early 2010s, which gave us the chaos, fragmentation, and outrage that began to set in by the mid-2010s.”
Although there are many causes of this transformation, Haidt identifies social media as “the largest single cause.”
He has recently launched a Substack called After Babel. It’s not paywalled, and I highly encourage you to subscribe to it if you’re interested (and worried) about the unintended effects of social media and what we can do about them in the future.
Peruse After Babel here: https://lnkd.in/gezD9cHR.
Headshots: Model, Actor, and Beyond
Posted on March 15, 2023
When you’re fortunate enough to photograph a former actor and model turned aspiring director, your work should intersect with three overlapping worlds, blending auditions and performances, runways and fashion, and casts and screenplays into a set of visuals worthy of the silver screen. At least that was my sincere ambition during this recent photo shoot. Click thumbnails to view full-size images.
Family Photography in Cupertino, CA
Posted on March 10, 2023
I love photographing families, especially brothers, in a beautiful outdoor setting like McClellan Ranch in Cupertino, CA. Everyone’s relaxed and more likely to be themselves. Against a stunning backdrop, with towering oak trees, bay laurels, and redwoods, it’s an excellent way to capture family bonds and lasting memories. Please click on thumbnails to view full-size images.
Family Photography in Gilroy, CA
Posted on March 6, 2023
Thanks to its natural beauty, Gilroy, CA is a great location for outdoor family photography. And a family portrait session isn’t just about capturing memories. It’s about preserving the legacy of different generations, especially the bond between mothers and daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters. Documenting memories and preserving legacy is something that will never go out of style. Please click on thumb to view full image.
Stranger Scenes: Street Portraits in the Bay Area
Posted on February 28, 2023
Street portrait photography is an affair of the heart. Like all great passions, it’s incredibly addicting. Magic lurks just beneath the surface of things, waiting to happen. As you might expect, many interactions are briskly transactional. A yes is followed by a pose, a smile, a goodbye. But sometimes, an encounter—fleeting and intense—is revelatory. A few weeks ago, a subject cried because I reminded her of her dad who had recently died. She was looking on lens, fully engaged, eyes radiant, and then it happened, it just gushed out of her, grief and remembrance. Unprompted, she told me a story. I listened in a crowded cafe, human to human. A perfect moment.