The Ebbs And Flows Of Creativity

During my formative years of photography I thought that I needed to be out creating new work all the time. I ate, slept and breathed photography. There was no consideration for whether I felt inspired or not. Create first, ask questions later. I initially couldn’t figure out why I would go through photoshoots over a …

Should You Only Show Your Best Work?

When it comes to deciding which photos to show on websites and on social media I often see two different philosophies employed by photographers. One type of photographer decides to only show a limited selection of what they deem to be their best work. These photographers typically have a low output but of consistent quality; …

Favorite Photos From 2017

This is the 8th consecutive “Your Best Photos” blog project that I’ve participated in. Thanks to my friend, Jim Goldstein, for hosting this project as usual. Here are my entries from previous years: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010. 2017 was a transitional year for me and my son, Tyler, transitioning from being a newborn to a 1-year-old toddler. Parenting became much …

Stay Until The End

I was recently exploring some trails on Mount Tamalpais during an afternoon that had less-than-ideal weather. The odds of seeing a sunset didn’t appear to be very high but since I don’t get out as much these days due to family reasons I wanted to make the most of time regardless if I found any …

Your Camera Takes Better Photos Than Mine

“Your camera takes better photos than mine.” 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 every photographer buy …

The Art of Trees II

I seem to be drawn to trees this year. While staying at The Madonna Inn recently in San Luis Obispo I debated where to photograph in the morning. The obvious spots such as Montana de Oro State Park and Morro Bay initially came to mind but then I remembered the nice little oaks forest in …

Hog Island Oyster Farm

Travel and food are my two of my favorite things so naturally I can’t resist photographing interesting food whenever I’m out and about. I’m not just interested in shooting food photos for the sake of food photos though. Good restaurants and food have character, and a story. The first time I ever tried an oyster …

The Art of Trees

After having been sick for more than a month, I recently had my first photoshoot of the year. My plan A was to do a 10-mile hike early in the morning but that didn’t work out due to a road closure so I ended up at one of the nearby places that I was familiar …