WHO NEEDS A MEDICINE BALL WHEN YOU HAVE KIDS?

I had the privilege of doing a quick photo shoot with some good friends the day before Steve’s departure for the Middle East. Following is proof that Navy Seals can not only rid our world of evil tyrants, but are also some of the best catchers and throwers in the “Daddy Jumpies” realm.

HOLGA CAMERA FUN

I have a pile of medium format film waiting to be developed, roasting away in my hot closet. Until I get downtown to throw those rolls in the darkroom, here are some favorite scans from other “recent” shoots.

holga film photos

MOTHER’S DAY PHOTO SESH!

 

faith+lilly

faith+lilly

faith+lilly

DEBBIE + BOBBY

 

DEBBIE + BOBBY WEDDING IMAGES

DEBBIE + BOBBY WEDDING IMAGES

DEBBIE + BOBBY WEDDING IMAGES

ON BEGINNING

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

 

Ira Glass, host: This American Life

Grand Central Station, NYC

UNITED WAY KIDS AND MONEY PROJECT

An ongoing photography goal of mine is to stay involved with organizations doing good around the world. This year I’ve been fortunate to have participated with Outside the Lens, teaching a couple different photography classes to kids around San Diego. I also recently had the opportunity to partner with United Way to photograph some kids who have participated in their “Kids and Money” program. It was pretty sweet to see how Hollis Brand Culture put my images on a larger than life scale in order to highlight this program and all the amazing kids involved.

My favorite part of any photography shoot is capturing the beauty of people as I learn their stories. I was blown away by the determination of these kids to be students of life (and more languages than I’ll ever speak in a lifetime) and give back to the world with their respective talents and strengths. This project was definitely near the top of the list for 2010.

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More photos here.

Winter in Central Park, NYC

F. Scott Fitzgerald once described New York City: “Over the great bridge, with sunlight through the girders making a constant flicker upon the moving cars, with the city rising up across the river in white heaps and sugar lumps all built with a wish out of non-olfactory money. The city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.”

This is exactly what I experienced when standing in the middle of a silent, snow drenched Central Park. With its backdrop of concrete and metal, you can never go too far without being reminded that you are always right in the center of a metropolis. This is a scan of one my favorite darkroom prints from one of those moments in the park.

BRIEF LOOK AT HAITI

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