My camera doesn’t take as nice of photos as yours.

“My camera doesn’t take as nice of photos as yours.” Most photographers have probably heard that line before. I’m sure it’s one of the most common comments directed toward photographers, myself included. But what does that really mean? If insinuating that spending more money on a camera system would result in better photos then shouldn’t …

Dry Creek Valley Barn

Samantha asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday this year. I sheepishly asked if I could go shoot photos by myself. She said yes. Given that I have a four-month old son, having a whole day to have fun by myself was a pretty big deal. Before I had a family, I’d …

The Value of Time

When I was in my 20’s, I probably took time for granted more often than not. I wasn’t able to fully appreciate my time spent out in the field. I would run from location to location checking off a list of things I wanted to see or photograph for stock. I would leave the house …

Favorite Photos From 2015

Well it’s that time of year for Jim Goldstein’s annual “Your Best Photos” blog project again. This is a fun exercise in reviewing the past year and looking back at previous years to see how our work has evolved. In case you’re curious, here are my entries from 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010. In …

Napa Valley Fall Sunset

Having visited Napa Valley two weeks ago and not seeing much in the way of fall color I almost decided not to photograph fall this year. But then this weekend I decide to dig around on Instagram and see what images people had tagged from my favorite spots when I noticed some nice color in …

Bodega Head

Since my first visit to the Sonoma Coast many years ago, I’ve felt that this was one of the most scenic stretches of coast in California. It’s much more accessible than Big Sur and every bit as stunning. It’s a bit of a drive to get there from San Francisco due to heavy traffic on …

Get Over Your First Impressions

My first impressions of Napa Valley was not a particularly strong one. I first visited ten years ago thinking it would be full of quiet vineyards “out in the country”. That could not be any further from the truth. Napa Valley is super popular. There’s lots of traffic and tourists. It’s hard to get away …

The Silverado Trail

The Silverado Trail is the area of Napa Valley that made the region world-famous back in the 1970’s. I’ve biked and wine tasted along parts of the Silverado Trail but hadn’t explored around the Stags Leap District until now when I read about it in Gary Crabbe’s Photographing California guidebook. There is a staggering amount …