Don’t wait for perfection

Don’t wait to be photographed.

Don’t wait for “better”.

Do it now, as you are; do it for the people that love you; do it for who you will be in a year. 

Do it to honor all that you have gone through and all that you have achieved. 

You deserve it

I’d love to talk with you about having your portrait taken. You can contact me through this form. Also, please join my mailing list here for notifications about specials and my rather infrequent blog posts. 


Always evolving

There are many things and people I want to photograph, so many in fact that I freeze up and don’t do any of it. In an attempt to get out of the freeze I take a camera and go somewhere, Balboa Park is a favorite. I’m also making myself take more photo’s with my iPhone. The act of photographing something in the moment is making me get over myself, somewhat. Meeting new people and going to new places will hopefully make me a more interesting photographer.

Environmental

I’ve visited Ventura a few times in the recent past and I’ve enjoyed exploring the area. My photo’s from there have been of buildings, neighborhoods, but only few people so far. Generally, I don’t know where I’m headed, so I drive and stop when something catches my eye. 


Abandoned building in Ventura, Ca. with hills and blue sky behind.
Industrial building, tree lined street.
Mountains of Ventura California, with blue sky and white clouds.

People

Even though I haven’t photographed many people (only two) while in Ventura, I’m still looking at everyone; shop owners, tourists and locals. I like to think about how I would shoot their portraits. I just need to jump in and ask a few folks if I can photograph them.

Take a look at the Print Shop for work from Ventura and I’d love it if you signed up for my email list.



Father’s Day Gifts

Time to consider a gift

Two things to think about and I’m here for you with either one you choose. 

1) Book a photo session of you and the family or maybe a photo shoot of you with your dad.

2) Purchase a print from my Print Shop.

Either way dad gets a new piece of thoughtful art from you.

Custom car show with candy colored vintage cars taken with a toy camera.

Father’s Day 2021 is super important.

Just like Mother’s Day was extra special this year because more people were able to visit loved ones, so is Father’s Day. This year is all about loving on those that mean the most to you.

There is time to set a date for a photo session and get images printed and framed -shoot me message and let’s get started!


Film Photography

I shoot film, specifically medium format film. In the early 2000’s I used a digital camera for a while. I enjoyed it, there were definite benefits (instant gratification, simple editing routine, taking lots of shots). I have never owned a digital camera, so when I returned the camera I had been using I thought I would buy one. As time went on however, I realized I wanted to go back to shooting film. 

Why I like film

I like the process of shooting film and I like the way it looks. The process is a bit slower. You have to change out rolls of film and of course send the film to a lab for developing. The film is then scanned and returned to me as a digital file. I know that seems weird -why not just shoot digital? To be honest, I just don’t want to shoot digital right now. I  like the quality and grain of film and the medium format film I use is great for printing large images. 

Slowing down

Sometimes it feels like everything is rushed and that everyone expects results immediately. The reality is we’ve been conditioned to expect it. Twenty-four hours a day the world is open to us through our computers and phones. Well, I am embracing a slower pace; the loading of film, winding to the next frame, talking with clients in between rolls. Exchanging emails with updates on the film and then the prints. For me, it creates a connection; being involved in the process is part of the joy. I call it slow photography.

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Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is only five weeks out… it’s time to book!

In order to process the film and have prints made, it’s time to set up a portrait session. 

When I look at portraits of my grandparents I wonder about them and their lives at the age they were in the photograph. I didn’t know my grandfather, so I have what I’ve been told about him. I love to look at his face and remember those stories. I particularly  love the portraits of my grandmother as a young girl in the 1930’s -I adore her haircut and clothes.

For those that you love and love you

I know a portrait of you (or maybe one of mom) would instantly be treasured by the family. My pricing is listed on the website or you can email me with any questions.



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