Fields of Gold

Meaghan had a straightforward request.
Shoot my family, she said.
Not that kind, the other.
I chuckled to myself.
I admire a woman who’s direct.
To the point.
Like this.

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It’s a gorgeous image.
Matt wondered about his role in the affair.
How does the back of my head look, he asked.
Splendid, I said.
He almost certainly smiled.
But I got his point.
So we turned Matt round.
And then it happened.
A hush fell.
The trees glowed.
And Meaghan’s hair went electric.

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With chemistry like that,
Matt and Meaghan are bound to have kids, right?
Well, they do.
They’ve got two of them:
Logan and Lexie.
Lexie may be Logan’s little sister.
But she’s got big-time affection for him.
Just look at that reach!
What a handhold!

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Before long, Lexie put her generous athletic gifts to use.
She free soloed the center of the tree climbing universe in record time.

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After she safely descended,
We hung out in a field of green and gold.
And we—including, me—smiled for the beauty of it all.

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Thank you, Matt and Meaghan!
It was a joy and a privilege to photograph your family.

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Triptych

 

Trinity?
Be small, serve big?
The art of sacrifice? Or the sacrifice of art?
You be the judge.
After all, you’re the principal in this three-part passion play.

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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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Mothership

I cannot speak dispassionately about Adobe.
I’ve enthused about them before.
I love their products.
I respect and admire their culture.
And I jibe with their people.
Happily, I was invited back to the mothership
And had an opportunity to photograph more spokespeople.
How awesome is that!?
Exactly.
Scroll or swipe down.
I hope you enjoy.

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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.

Details:
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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Youngblood

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Call him Aaron.
He hails from the Midwest.
A young, ambitious IT professional,
He’s looking for a new kind of headshot.
We meet at Crema on The Alameda.
We talk about work and life.
There’s something different about him.
He’s polite in an old-fashioned way.
He tells me he’s not photogenic,
That he doesn’t like the way he looks in photographs.
Not only is he considerate, he’s likable, too.
Quiet and introspective,
He wants his portrait to have a cool-hip-creative vibe.
I tell him about an overpass with blue circles.
Something I’ve been eyeing for months.
He’s game.
We release the Birds
And fly through downtown San Jose.
As the sun reclines in the west,
The light is paradoxical under the overpass,
Both mottled and consistently even.
We don’t overthink it.
We hang out.
We shoot.

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