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Guy West Bridge


Here is the 4th (out of 5) installment in my commissioned landscape photos of bridges around the Sacramento area. The others are No Hands Bridge in Auburn, Rainbow Bridge in Folsom and Tower Bridge in Sacramento. Although I was treated with a wonderful sunset, the pungent smell of pot and swarms of mosquitoes really killed [...]

Guy West Bridge2019-03-21T17:56:28-08:00

Tower Bridge


This is the 3rd in a series of bridges I've been commissioned to photograph around the Sacramento area. No Hands Bridge was first and Rainbow Bridge Folsom was second. I stayed through sunset, but ultimately selected a long exposure about an hour before sunset because the yellow Tower Bridge stands out so much more against the [...]

Tower Bridge2019-02-11T20:24:13-08:00

Phillips Gulch


This location has been on my shoot list for a couple years now as it is one of only a handful of waterfalls that flow directly into the ocean. The timing just hasn't been right because the creek only flows after a good rain and it is about a 3 hour drive each way. Sure, [...]

Phillips Gulch2019-01-20T07:52:11-08:00

Martins Beach


Martins Beach is probably one of the most unique and picturesque beaches along the California coast with its unmistakable jagged rocks. The beach has been in the news recently with a wealthy landowner trying to make it a "private" beach, so I was a little unsure if we'd be able to make it down to [...]

Martins Beach2019-01-04T08:44:14-08:00

Golden Gate Sunset


We finally got some rain in Northern California, so I had planned to go to a waterfall along the coast that only flows right after a rain. We left our house around 11am, figuring 6 hours was long enough to drive 3 hours, hike and get setup before sunset. Unfortunately, we hit some pretty horrible [...]

Golden Gate Sunset2018-11-25T07:56:16-08:00

Tahoe Blue Slide


This one will be used for display purposes at Raley's and is definitely one of the more complicated product photos I've done for Tahoe Blue Vodka. Between the fake snow (which takes forever to get it where you want it, but still look "natural"), then the pile of coffee beans and of course the actual [...]

Tahoe Blue Slide2018-10-28T06:22:22-08:00

Hanging on to Fall


On my way back from another architectural shoot in Truckee, I stopped by a spot along the Yuba River that had a ton of fall color hoping to get a shot of some rapids with colorful trees in the background. Unfortunately, there just wasn't good light and I couldn't find a composition I liked. As [...]

Hanging on to Fall2018-10-22T08:59:08-08:00

Emigrant Gap


Here I am, just minding my own business, driving to Tahoe for some architectural photography when I start to see the makings of a beautiful sunrise. The timing couldn't be better as I pass by the Emigrant Gap vista point and see the valley below also filled with fog. I didn't have much time to [...]

Emigrant Gap2018-10-07T04:08:16-08:00

Downtown Truckee


After being rained on (and nearly snowed on over Spooner Summit) earlier in the day doing architectural photography for FiveWest Interiors in Reno and Zephyr Cove, I stopped by Downtown Truckee for a fall color photo on the way home. The passing storms created some wonderful movement in the clouds that just begged for a [...]

Downtown Truckee2018-10-07T10:23:46-08:00

Tahoe Blue Vodka


Here are a few shots of Tahoe Blue Vodka's various bottle sizes they now offer. Their bottle is still one of the most difficult bottles to photograph between the shape, texture and lake showing through.  Congrats to Tahoe Blue Vodka in becoming a partner of the San Francisco 49ers!! I can't wait to go to [...]

Tahoe Blue Vodka2018-10-17T10:28:50-08:00

Fort Bragg


After a long hot/smokey summer, it felt pretty good to escape to the Fort Bragg area for a couple days camping on the beach with my family and my brother's family. We were pretty socked in with fog most of the time (we couldn't even see the waves crashing a hundred feet away at times). [...]

Fort Bragg2018-08-20T18:43:05-08:00

Dragon Tree


The family and I went scouting on Donner Summit a few weeks ago trying to find a new photo location (I didn't bring my camera gear for that trip since we were just exploring as a family). It didn't take us too long, but we found a fallen tree with roots wrapped around a rock. [...]

Dragon Tree2018-07-22T05:59:25-08:00

Royal Gorge


For our annual Father's Day backpacking trip, we had planned on setting up camp along the Pacific Crest Trail between Highway 80 and Donner Pass Road. My brother and dad went out a day before me and ultimately decided it wasn't a great location for a variety of reasons. So we decided to go to [...]

Royal Gorge2018-06-18T16:32:08-08:00

Jittery John’s Cold Brew Coffee


I like coffee and I like alcoholic beverage photography... so why not combine the two for a whiskey style coffee shoot of Jittery John's Cold Brew Coffee Espresso Blend? The coffee comes in a flask shaped bottle, which goes perfectly with the "whiskey" glass sitting on a barn wood table and with a rusty metal background [...]

Jittery John’s Cold Brew Coffee2018-03-29T19:23:54-08:00

Table Mountain


After a very dry December/January/February, we finally got a decent amount of rain in early March. With late Winter through early Spring typically being the best time for photographing waterfalls and me wanting to get the kids out hiking more, I figured Table Mountain would be a good location as there aren't many trails and [...]

Table Mountain2018-03-12T11:59:04-08:00

Large Format Film


I've always been intrigued with large format film photography; the slow pace, unmatched quality/resolution and not knowing if you got the shot until weeks later when the film has been processed/scanned. Since I primarily shoot with a Nikon D850, which claims to be on the same level as medium format film, I knew I had [...]

Large Format Film2018-03-01T07:54:40-08:00

No Hands Bridge


The weather looked interesting enough this afternoon that the family and I decided to make a quick trip to Auburn to check out No Hands Bridge at sunset. My wife took the kids for a walk across the bridge while I scurried down the hillside to find a composition. I found this rock with an [...]

No Hands Bridge2017-11-25T20:18:54-08:00

Lee Filters SW150 Lens Cap


Ever since I got my Lee Filters SW150 filter kit for my 14-24mm lens (back when they were the only ones making a filter system for that lens), I was always a little concerned about using the neoprene “hood sock”. Sure, it would keep the front element clean from dirt/water/etc., but anything bumping the front [...]

Lee Filters SW150 Lens Cap2017-11-05T19:18:30-08:00

Kimpton Sawyer Hotel


We had quite the nice sunset yesterday evening photographing the new Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in Downtown Sacramento (thanks to the predictions of Skyfire/The Photographer's Ephemeris). Besides dealing with the crowds from Disney on Ice letting out from Golden 1 Center, this was a pretty straightforward photo. I had to use my 19mm tilt shift, shifted [...]

Kimpton Sawyer Hotel2017-11-06T19:29:25-08:00

North Lake Autumn


Highway 395 along the Eastern Sierra is probably one of the most beautiful drives in California during the Fall. The whole Bishop Creek area outside of Bishop usually turns a vibrant yellow/orange/red in early October and it has always been on my list of places to photograph. Even though I wasn't feeling well, I made [...]

North Lake Autumn2017-10-07T14:27:32-08:00

Kitchen & Bath Business Design Awards 2017


I am very honored to have had the opportunity to photograph this home in Martis Camp that won Kitchen of the Year by Kitchen & Bath Business for 2017. Here are the details: https://www.kbbonline.com/news/awards-events/kbbs-2017-design-award-winners-announced/  

Kitchen & Bath Business Design Awards 20172017-09-12T06:15:42-08:00

Martis Camp: Lot 493 Exterior


Round 2 at this beautiful home in Martis Camp (the exterior was still recovering from the heavy winter last time I shot it). I mainly focused on exterior shots this time and tried to highlight how the very expansive sliding doors in the back tuck away to really bring the outside in (or inside out?). [...]

Martis Camp: Lot 493 Exterior2017-08-08T10:34:00-08:00

Waimea Canyon


How people come to Kauai and not make the hour or so drive to Waimea Canyon blows my mind. We talked to so many people that said it was too far or too windy to go see. I might even go as far as saying it was my favorite part of our trip and I [...]

Waimea Canyon2017-07-30T10:48:34-08:00

Wailua Falls


Since this is one of Kauai's more powerful falls, I definitely wanted to make sure to at least take a photo while we were there. The waterfall is beautiful from the top, but I was looking for a more unique view and something different. Before coming to Kauai, I watched a handful of YouTube videos [...]

Wailua Falls2017-07-30T10:49:20-08:00

Tunnels Beach


Our flight, with time change, had us landing in Kauai in the early afternoon. That gave us just enough time to get a car (we opted for a convertible), get checked into the hotel and then drive up to the North side of the island for sunset. After countless hours of researching beaches via Google [...]

Tunnels Beach2017-07-30T10:50:07-08:00

Eagle Falls Into Emerald Bay


Since we were fortunate enough to be attending a wonderful family wedding in Galena yesterday afternoon, it only made sense to make the short trip over the mountains to Lake Tahoe for sunset. As we came into Incline Village, I wasn't sure whether to try something along the east shore like Bonsai Rock or Sand [...]

Eagle Falls Into Emerald Bay2017-06-25T18:42:02-08:00

Volcano Lake


To continue our yearly tradition of going backpacking on Father's Day, we headed up to the Sierra Buttes. Even though we technically didn't "backpack" this year and actually stayed in a campground, we did do a day hike up to Volcano Lake. For a relatively short hike, it sure beats all the crowds down at [...]

Volcano Lake2017-06-19T11:40:16-08:00

Black Medicine: Cold Pressed Coffee


I've been really getting into trying different kinds of coffee lately (whether on purpose or out of necessity due to lack of sleep I do not know exactly). Being that this one is somewhat local to me (Oakland), I knew I had to add it to my list to try out. It seems like cold [...]

Black Medicine: Cold Pressed Coffee2017-06-02T05:18:35-08:00

Schaffer’s Mill: Lot 185


This beautiful house, located in Schaffer's Mill, was built by Catalyst Builders. The interior was nicely stagged by the owners prior to my arrival, which really helped in getting some great shots. After a long winter, the snow was nearly completely melted outside besides a few patches by the house. I'm sure that in a [...]

Schaffer’s Mill: Lot 1852017-04-26T16:52:33-08:00

Rainbow Bridge


I've been so completely busy with architectural photography recently that I haven't had a chance to get out and shoot many landscapes. So here is a long exposure from last year that I haven't released until now. After scrambling down the rocky cliffside through the snow and finding the spot that frames Donner Lake under [...]

Rainbow Bridge2017-03-26T18:16:40-08:00

Golden 1 Center


The new Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento is such a difficult building to photograph due to it being so tall with no room to back up far enough to compose a shot. Luckily my 19mm tilt shift is just wide enough to fit the entire arena into one shot, shifted up of course to [...]

Golden 1 Center2017-03-13T08:28:17-08:00



My website got hacked in early March 2017. I lost everything, which included over 6 years of blog posts. Time to start over I guess...


Multiple Exposure Sparkler Portrait


Since my website was hacked, I lost all the detail of my blog posts. However, this has been a very popular post due to its link on FStoppers and I thought I'd at least make the link active so everyone can see the photo. Writing our kids' names with sparklers has been our family tradition [...]

Multiple Exposure Sparkler Portrait2017-07-06T12:57:32-08:00
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