Personal Finance & Photography

Anyone that has shopped for a camera or browsed a B&H catalog knows that photography equipment can be rather expensive. So you might be wondering how do all these photographers afford such nice equipment and seemingly travel to exotic destinations all the time? The truth is that photography is a lot like golf. It tends …

Favorite Photos of 2016

This is the 7th 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: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010. 2016 was a life-changing year for me and it had nothing to do with photography …

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 …

Support and Encouragement

I credit my wife, Samantha, for me photographing the summer solstice sunset that everyone went crazy over on the internet. Our son’s due date was at that any moment stage so I had been hesitant to go out but I made a remark after dinner how I think there was going to be an amazing …

Double Good News

The past week has been a very eventful one for me to say the least. First off, I have the cover photo on the current VIA Magazine, July/August 2016 Oregon edition. VIA is AAA’s travel magazine for Northern California & Oregon members. One of the first photos I ever sold was to VIA more than …

Everything is a Blur

Life has been a bit of a blur as of late as I’m anxiously awaiting the birth of my son. His original due date was on Saturday but as I’m beginning to learn, life has it’s own schedule and there is not much I can do about it. I haven’t done any traveling in the …

Changes

I shot this photo recently in Yosemite National Park as I was wrapping up with a sunrise. Sunrise is my favorite time of day to photograph Yosemite Valley for several reasons. The most obvious is there are few people out and about at that hour but more importantly there is this persistent ground fog in …

29 Years Later

It had been 29 years since my mom had visited the Canadian Rockies. On that trip, it was my dad, my mom and myself. My brother was just a baby at that time so he stayed at my grandparents’ house. Fast-forward to 2015; my dad is no longer with us and my brother is an …

Venezia

A year ago, Samantha and I celebrated our honeymoon in Rome. My initial choice was Venice but in the end we opted for Rome because we didn’t think we could spend a week there. We had such a great time in Rome that it was a natural decision to return to Italy and visit Venice for …

Favorite Photos From 2014

It’s time for Jim Goldstein’s annual “Your Best Photos” blog project again. I find participating in this to be of value when it comes to evaluating how I’ve evolved in photography. In case you’re curious, here are my entries from 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010. While my personal life in 2013 had some extreme highs and lows, 2014 was largely a …