Cast a Spell

Not long ago, a man met a woman.
He fancied her, and she returned the favor.

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As often happens, one thing led to another.
Poof! just like that—two became four.

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And a happy four, at that.
How happy?
THHIIISSSS happy.

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Big sister agrees with little brother.
You can see it in her eyes.

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Happiness is a joy and a wonder.
Especially when you can share it with someone.
Like a cousin who drops by for a visit.

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As awesome as cousins are, mom still has a magic touch.

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Stay Wild

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Between the Bay Area and the blue border of the Pacific ocean, the Santa Cruz Mountains stretch for over 50 miles. Skyline/CA 35 traces the spine of that ridge, from Fort Funston and Redwood City, through Crystal Springs and Portola Valley, to Palo Alto and Saratoga—and beyond. The country is gorgeous along Skyline. Grasslands and chaparral. Douglas fir, oak, and redwood trees. Families live in these mountains. Among them, my family on my wife’s side. They’re good people, all told. They ride quads and play soccer. They zip line among oak trees. They raise cats and dogs. That freckled teen above is my niece. She’s growing like a cornstalk in a field. I wish many good things for her. But mainly, I hope she stays wild in the mountains for years to come.

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Young Lady. Bug.

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Alum Rock Park.
Eastern foothills of San Jose.
Blue sky, sparse trees, yellow leaves.
A successful family shoot was in the books.
As I was putting my gear away, Young Lady squealed happily.
She showed me Bug, delighted by the creepy crawly.
I was, too: the red focal point made a good scene.
Not to mention its play with the red scarf.
At f/1.8 my 85mm came to life,
Clicking like an insect.
I like the result.
Cheers.

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Fall in the West

I love my job.
I’m often outdoors,
And I get to meet new people.
Like this family from Redwood City.

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We met at McClellan Ranch in Cupertino for a family session.
It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite locations.
Like me, Mom is a Chico State grad.
Go Wildcats!

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Baby’s eyes are distant-mountain blue.
Stunning, just look at them.

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Mom has a magic touch.
But Dad does, too.
Happy kiddo!

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We wandered from one setting to the next.
Someone’s curiosity was piqued.

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Before long, we found a fence.
Everyone knows photographers love fences.
They make great neighbors.

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We found a clearing at the ranch.
And Family sat down and made googly eyes at each other.

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Baby was indescribably happy, as a result.

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As the sun was setting, Family was game for one more shot.
More than game, what a beautiful setting!

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We said goodbye.
Family drove away.
I went home.
A week later, it happened,
As it always does when a shoot is over.
An image in the collection stands out.
It becomes the icon by which the entire collection is known.
I love this image something fierce.
Everything about it.
And I hope you do, too.

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Cloud Atlas

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Look.
Delicately fluted clouds
Spangled over Pescadero marsh
Just a stone’s throw from the coast.
The ocean may have been angry that day, my friends.
But the scudding clouds were something beautiful to behold.

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31 mm | f/5.0 | 1/2500 | ISO 200

In other words, fast.
I made the image in a sliver of a second,
Which shows you just how cool the clouds were yesterday.
I hope you enjoy.

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Woke

When I arrived, Baby was sound asleep.

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But when my shutter began to click, she woke.
She took one look at my ugly mug and drew the right conclusion, fast.

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Fortunately, Dad has a way with Baby.
And she began to calm down.

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Dad is great.
But Dad plus Mom is even better.
Baby began to rock to sleep.

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Before long, Baby achieved a state of perfect bliss.
Awake or asleep, that’s one beautiful kiddo.

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Oh, and Mom was delighted with the results.
Which makes me very happy.

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The Outsider

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That’s Gavin.
And his shirt and his glasses.
Together, they form an image of a fine young greaser.
If you know something about Gavin, you know he doesn’t smile for me.
And that’s exactly as it should be.
He’s got a point of view.
He resists much; obeys little.
Good for him.
Cleverly, I asked Gavin to smile,
Knowing precisely what I would get:
A radiant non-smile of magnificent proportions.
Perfect for a steely-eyed visage and a tough kid aesthetic.
So good on dad for hacking childhood behavior and making the shot work.
A few days later, Gavin hacked me back, proper.
We were scouting light at Stevens Creek County Park.
Dad, he said, posting up in dry yellow grass.
You can take a picture of me for a scoop of ice cream, he said.
One or two?
Two, he said.
No, one.
OK.
Smile or no smile? I asked.
He laughed.
No smile, he said.
Deal.
I got the shot; Gavin got his scoop.
So good on us.

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