“If for a moment you are inclined to regard these taluses as mere draggled, chaotic dumps, climb to the top of one of them, and run down without any haggling, puttering hesitation, boldly jumping from boulder to boulder with even speed. You will then find your feet playing a tune, and quickly discover the music and poetry of these magnificent rock piles — a fine lesson; and all Nature’s wildness tells the same story — the shocks and outbursts of earthquakes, volcanoes, geysers, roaring, thundering waves and floods, the silent uprush of sap in plants, storms of every sort — each and all are the orderly beauty-making love-beats of Nature’s heart.” ― John Muir
Home is where the Red Rock is. Southern Utah captivates me for so many reasons, and the breath taking ridges of the canyons down there is only one reason. With little to no light pollution, the air is clean and crisp for astrophotography.
Attack!!! Competition pods can be VERY brutal. Males compete fiercely against each other to see who is the “biggest” and most “dominate” in the area, with the hopes of being able to escort a nearby female and her calf. (And yes, hopefully get the chance at being next years baby daddy)
If you ever want to experience one of the most brilliant sky shows ever, head to southern Utah – towards the Henry Mountains – during late July and August and you will see some of the most breath taking lightning storms ever. The storm in these photos literally chased me off a mountain, and it is not a joke that you will feel the air charge when you’re standing on top of a mountain taking photos.
Southern Utah is such a captivating landscape, and while shooting down there last fall, I decided to really give black and white photography my fulltime attention. The bold colors of the red rock down there and the juniper trees that dot the landscape really make for some truly stellar photos.
Every year towards the end of February, beginning of March, all of the almond orchards around my town start to bloom. It provides one of the best places to take photos for families as well as engagement photos. I always love how the orchards smell, and the shots I’m able to produce because of the gorgeous backdrop.
Once again here’s my niece Regan. This time she’s four months. We come from a family of outdoor people. My mother’s side are cattle ranchers, and my Dad’s side of the family love to camp and go hunting. She loves her Bampa’s camo, so we dressed her up to match for a birthday surprise!
I had the wonderful opportunity to accompany one of my best friends, Alex LaMarsh, on a photoshoot in New York and do some behind the scenes photography. I was very honored that the studio owner, James Weber, allowed me to take some photos too while we were working. Carly is an amazing model, and the camera adores her. It was so much fun working with such talented people.
I snagged this shot in southern Utah of my sister, and her then boyfriend, now husband. This was shortly before he proposed to her. It was fun watching him experience snow, REAL SNOW, for the first time.
If you’re a fan of country music and a good time, Christian Kane needs to go on your list of must see performers. His band Kane is that perfect mix of rock and country and will definitely get you up out of your chair for a good time.
I have had the great privilege to see Steve Carlson perform many times, and over the span of several years have become really good friends with him. He’s an extremely talented guitarist, and a tremendous singer. I would highly recommend his music to anyone who’s a fan of grooving along while driving.
If you’re a fan of Supernatural, you may recognize the man jumping in the air. If not, that man is Rob Benedict, and the man on drums is Stephen Norton of the band Louden Swain. Highly energizing music, and amazing performers!
Every once in a while, I’ll get the wonderful opportunity to see a friend I haven’t seen in a long time, and we end up finding some fun things to do while hanging out. Lucky for me, I have great friends with beautiful smiles.
We visit Regan once again, this time at five months. My sister wanted to really do something themed for Halloween, so we hollowed out a pumpkin and stuck her inside. She had no problems with it, but her cousins lost their mind when we tried it with them. She has her aunties love for rubber duckies too.
I was extremely humbled when fashion designer, and FIDM debut honoree, Anh Phung, invited me to her runway show. Her super fun collection, Biscuits and Bears, stole the show, and looked so amazing on the kids as they skipped down the runway. I can’t wait to see the amazing things she designs in the future.
I pulled double duty for these shots. In addition to being maid of honor at my sister’s wedding, I also was able to take some gorgeous shots of her and her husband. She looked so beautiful on her wedding day.
One of my favorite places to visit in San Francisco is Alcatraz. The gorgeous architecture captivates me and makes for some amazing shots. What really draws my attention are the buildings that have started to deteriorate with age. To me that really shows the time that has past there. I especially love the texture of the broken plasters.