Our Wedding Story

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time then you’ve probably seen my Honeymoon in Rome blog posts so I figured I might as well share a few photos from our special day. After much research and visiting numerous venues, Samantha and I chose the La Canada Flintridge Country Club to host our …

Why Nature Photography?

Life in general is a stressful process. You fight to survive, you fight to eat, you fight to mate, you fight to not end up on the street, you fight for social acceptance, you fight to find your own identity in this world. When I really want to come home feeling refreshed and born-again, I …

Space Shuttle Endeavour

Anyone that has been in L.A. over the past several weeks has probably either gotten a glimpse of Space Shuttle Endeavour flying overhead or heard about it on the news. Today, they began transporting Endeavour on the ground from LAX to the California Science Center. Since driving through the area and parking would have been …

Photographing Scenes with People

The trick to photographing scenes with people in there is to shoot it like you mean it. That’s the main difference between a successful photo with people in there compared to a photo where “those damn people walked into my frame”. People within a scene can add another dimension to the image by perhaps telling …

Showing the Same Damn Thing

“…you may get it in half a roll; you may use five rolls and never get it. What I don’t understand is five rolls showing the same damn thing.” – William Albert Allard I’ve been photographing the Huntington on a regular basis for nearly an entire year now. My goal through this has always been …

Tripod Harassment at Griffith Park

As I’m photographing the sunset outside of the Griffith Observatory, this guy comes up to tell me that photography is allowed but I cannot use my tripod to take pictures because I needed a permit to use it and that the park ranger will give me a ticket if he sees me. I responded with, …

Goodbye 2011

2011 was a memorable one though not entirely for photography reasons. The year started off with me becoming a first-time homeowner meanwhile my dad was hospitalized for several months due to Parkinson’s-related illnesses. Then I met my girlfriend, Samantha, in April. Clearly this didn’t leave much time for photography during the first half of the …

Pasadena Wind Storm Damage

Pasadena made the headlines this past week due to the biggest windstorm to hit Southern California in 35 years. Pasadena and Altadena were the hardest hit cities in the region, and the neighborhood where I live had some of the worst windstorm damage. The news reported that Pasadena had winds reach up to 97 mph. …

What to do when you forget camera gear in the car?

You lend yourself a hand. I noticed this spot during the last sunset I photographed at the Huntington Botanical Gardens so I made a mental note to photograph this scene at a future summer evening event. I obviously made it there to shoot this photo last night but what isn’t obvious is that I had …

Seeing Gardens

When people think of garden photography the first thing that usually comes to mind is flower closeups. There is actually a lot more to photograph than just flower pictures. The things I usually look for are landscape, architecture and flora abstracts. In my favorite garden photos, flowers are more of an ornamental element than as …