Happy New Year 2017! Here are a few cute baby portraits!


What better way to start the new year than with a really cute baby, right? This little guy below is all smiles and I loved capturing those happy grins.

Funny thing, during the shoot, he didn’t seem too concerned with the election, taxes, how much money he makes, or how good-looking he is (although, let’s be honest, he doesn’t have to worry here). Babies have a purity about them that is magical. Where else do we find such true innocence? He is cute to look at, but there is a lesson in that smile too. Here’s to not crying over spilled milk. Thanks little dude.

Happy baby!

Beach baby portrait

Beach Baby Portrait 2

Sleeping precious baby

Home


Home, something a lot of us take for granted some of the time.

What does home mean? A place you sleep/hang out/pay rent/mortgage/see family members not by choice/etc? Not too long ago, I would have said that having a physical place to call home was a main definition of…home. However, I have been learning lately that to me, it is any place where I am with my family (wife and dogs). No kids yet, but the dogs substitute nicely! The driving force behind this is that love is not tied to a place and follows me wherever I go with my family. That sense of belonging, acceptance, and being loved unconditionally can go with you wherever you go. Yes it is there when you aren’t together with your family, but there is no denying that when together, things are taken up a few notches!

Feel free to comment what home means to you, I would like to hear others’ perspective.

Hornbek Home

This home above is the historic Hornbek Homestead and it was built in the 1800s. I accidentally came across it on my last trip to CO. Absolutely beautiful area. From the NPS website:

In the center of this lush valley stands the Hornbek homestead complex, the home of a strong, determined woman who came to the area with her four children in the 1870s. Claiming land under the Homestead Act, Adeline Hornbek defied traditional gender roles to become the owner of a prosperous ranch.

Adeline did what she had to do for her family and broke through social norms in the process to make a home. Love is powerful force unlike any other and creates where other forces tear down.

Happy Sunday and have a great week! Spread a little love this week and see what it creates!

Change has most certainly arrived


Well here we are 2 months into 2014 and I have been dealt my first large dose of change. I can’t say that I am entirely surprised, there was a part of me that knew this could happen any moment for the last 3 years. However, surprised or not, it is hard to be fully prepared for change…that’s why it’s called change! The best I can do is be as ready as I can with how to process a life blip.

Different can be scary, and right now it is scary. 

But, there is this other part of me, deeper inside me and not in my moment to moment thoughts, that knows this is good.Why? Because I value personal growth, rebirth, newness. Not in theory, but in reality and practical terms. I know that from this tearing down of my once manicured routine, I have the opportunity to reshape and rebuild – to grow. Sure I could have done this on my own before, but I didn’t. Now, I have been lovingly ‘kicked out the door’ to make this happen, ready or not.

Well, I’m ready.

This is not a crossroads. Full steam ahead into my great unknown.

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Those darn camera phones!


In the spirit of technology topics, being that this week is the annual CES gathering (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, I wanted to touch on cameras on phones. As most of you are aware, this is fast becoming one of the most competitive areas in the mobile arena, let alone the photography arena!

Top tier phones today have cameras that rival DSLRs from just a few years ago. Just do a Google search for ‘Smartphone vs. DSLR’, you will find a ton of review and opinions. You will undoubtedly read about the Nokia 1020 which is the current Smartphone king with a 41MP (no, that is not a typo – Fourty One.) camera and the ability to shoot RAW! Wow! Don’t get me wrong, this is not a DSLR/camera phone comparison or debate, rather I am just pointing out how good cameras are on phones now-a-days. Smartphones are still a ways off from realistically replacing the need for a full-time, purpose-built camera – which may never actually happen for the serious shooter. I for one, am happy all of this technology is moving forward because it will drive the DSLR market to innovate in hopes to keep their market share….and it helps make Instagram feeds a bit more interesting ;).

I took this photo below with a now 2-3 generation old phone in early 2011, the Motorola Atrix 4G. I got to be honest, I really like this photo! If I had taken this with my Nikon D7000, I would have been happy! At the time this was taken, I did not own a DSLR and this phone was my window into photography. It peaked my interest so much that I ended up doing my research and buying the DSLR I own today. I am happy this camera drove me to take better pictures and rewarded me when I was able to achieve that goal! It moved me along on my Photography journey.

With this week’s CES phone processor announcements and the Mobile World Congress around the corner, things are only going to get WAY more interesting! Don’t forget, which I do often, that cameras don’t make engaging images, people do.

Hawaiian Valley at Dusk


I happened to stumble across the road to this valley by chance, but boy am I glad I did! It was the perfect time of day with the sun behind the rain clouds that were moving in at dusk. I definitely felt like I was in another time in a land far, far away. What a beautiful place.

 

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Crossfit Athletes in the Moment


This last weekend was the NLI Crossfit competition. Athletes from all over Southern California competed at the Cal State Dominguez Hills campus. The pictures below catch an athlete in a moment of action, or just after as in the first picture. Each picture has a certain emotion to it. As I was going through these, the text you see is what the picture screamed to me. They have turned out to be inspirational to me, really. Can’t you see these on a wall somewhere, encouraging onlookers to PUSH themselves?

Job well done to all the athletes below.

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The Garden Isle


My wife and I recently visited Kauai, HI. We went there for our honeymoon 2 years ago and loved it so much that we went back. It is so beautiful there, I highly recommend it to anyone who has not been! They call it the “Garden Isle”  for a reason – 360 degrees of beautiful, raw nature.

While there I took my camera, of course, and attempted to capture they way I saw the island, the beauty. Below is a collection of those images. I singled out a few below and then put the rest in a gallery below these. I hope it gives you a sense of “Ahhh” 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Few Thoughts


If we never venture into the unknown, we will never experience anything new.

Sometimes the right path is made of dirt, rocks, and surrounded by fog. It doesn’t change the fact that you are on the right path.

By not risking success, we guarantee mediocrity.

Playing in the Rain


There was something magical about this sight to me. Maybe it was the fact that these children were playing carefree in the rain and this reminded me of a carefree time in my life. Or maybe it was the dramatic natural sunlight breaking through the forest canopy. It probably had a little bit to do with both of these reasons. Right when I swang my camera up to capture this photo, the young girl stared right at me, as if waiting for me all along. I had a pretty long zoom on my camera, so I wasn’t very close, which made all the more intriguing.

 

Lazy Sunday


Sometimes I just need to be lazy. This is my dog, Skippy, teaching me how to fully appreciate the power of a Lazy Sunday…. Of course I still have some learning to do since I felt the urge to take a picture, edit, upload, blog about it, etc…. but hey, I promise to rest after I am finished here! 🙂 After a busy week(s), a day of rest is so Wonderful and needed! To all my fellow creatives and doers, don’t forget to chillout every once in a while! Pick a Sunday and make it a lazy one; it just might be more productive than you think!

The best thing to I should “do” can often be nothing, the best thing to come out of my mouth is often silence. This is what I call being Actively Lazy. 😉

Happy Sunday