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 …

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 …

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 …

Photographing the Edges

“I think the best pictures are often on the edges of any situation, I don’t find photographing the situation nearly as interesting as photographing the edges.” – William Albert Allard I’ve always related to Bill Allard’s philosophy in that if you go to photograph a place or an event that there are certain types of …

Uncle Peter’s Koi

During the services for Uncle Peter, I found out that he had donated his prized koi to the Huntington Botanical Gardens. He was an avid koi collector so it probably meant a lot to him to know that others could enjoy them too. Visiting the garden sort of takes on a different meaning for me …

Canon 400mm F5.6

I received a Canon 400mm f5.6 lens this week and went to test it out locally at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. I previously blogged about renting the Canon 500mm f4.0 lens and testing it out on wood ducks at the L.A. County Arboretum but not liking the bulk of that lens so that led …

Photographing Close to Home

The next year or so will be a crucial one for me as I am preparing to buy my first house. I’ve been saving up for the past two years and have the money for a good down payment but I want to make sure I have a “safety nest” in case things don’t quite …