Limekiln State Park

Paige and I are back from our first father-daughter camping trip. We went to Limekiln State Park south of Big Sur on HWY 1. Paige is effervescent and highly talkative. I learned A LOT. I learned that in her next life, she wants to be a four-leaf clover, because she wants to bring good luck to people. Either that, or a squirrel, because they’re cute. Here she is playing at the confluence of Hare Creek and the Pacific.

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My kiddo, taking the measure of a redwood sapling. How cool would it be if, one day, the redwood tree stands over 200 feet and has notched several hundred years, and Paige was the only human on the planet to have patted its crown, wishing it well?

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Hare Creek in the late afternoon, burbling out of the Los Padre National Forest, on its way to the Pacific.

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Pure, unbridled Paige.

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Strolling among giants of the Earth.

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Grace and Grit

Lately, I’m thinking less in terms of an image, of this or that picture, and instead visualizing a series of pictures, a kind of photo essay, whenever I take my camera out of my bag. The form introduces a new set of challenges. You have to see a scene, always dynamic, rapidly changing over time. It’s like cinema without the illusion of motion. Take a peek below, and let me know what you think.

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Sisters

One sister is heading to Boston, the other to Pennsylvania. I’ve watched them grow up from little girls into young women, and now they are now fully embarked. Chase your dreams, ladies!

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Bay Area Family Photography

Outdoor family photography in the Bay Area rarely disappoints. Grasses, oaks, cottonwoods, sycamores, creeks, ranch-style fences, and other rural vestiges. Among all that beauty, it’s incredibly gratifying to capture eyes, freckles, curls, and even the totally 100% unscripted kiss, I swear! Take a peek below.

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Corporate headshots

Ambient light rules the world
That’s a plain fact
But sometimes you can’t utilize it
When that happens, strobes are a game changer
That, and reflectors, casting soft light
With each outing,
I develop more control over highlights, mid tones, and shadows
Take a peek at this recent set
Thank you!

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