Saturday, January 31, 2009

Our e-session

So Jasen came up to my parents place today with Michele and I to shoot our engagement session. What a great time!! Many stories from our adventurous day... too many to share. Here's a few pics from the session that he uploaded to his blog. You can check out even more pictures at

Thanks again man your the best!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Michele's brother, Cody, left for his army training in Georgia this morning and will not return for another 8 months. He has signed on to become an Airborne Ranger Medic and I'm sure is going to be a damn good one. He will be back just in time to be able to stand beside me at our wedding and I will be proud to call him my brother in law and now officially family.

Cody, I wish you all the luck in your new found journey and can't wait to have you back. We'll see you soon!

An Ode to the American Soldier


Noemi Pina

An ode to all of our brave men and women
Serving our country.
Fighting for justice; fighting for us to remain free,
Proudly defending America, our very precious
Lady Liberty.

Our American soldiers left for the Middle East,
To fight terrorism - the man consuming beast.

And behind their families they left
Their friends, teachers, children - all of them, they left behind
But they keep them in their hearts - and
Even this, death cannot unbind.

Patiently, their loved ones await for their return
As they pray and yearn;
Their flame of hope in their hearts brightly burns,
With every passing day of news they learn.

An ode to our brave men and women,
Giving their all, giving their whole,
For a single great cause.
An ode to them our American soldiers!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Brodie's Surgery

Well Brodie had surgery today to help correct his severe hip dysplasia. I got a few pictures of his gnarly scar (about an 8" incision/8 staples) but since it was oozing a little, I thought I would bare you squeamish out there the images. Poor guy he is so out of it right now. He should be good as new in about 4 weeks :) ...hopefully!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Ben's Proposal

So my good friend Ben from high school (...that I never seemed to be able to beat back in the wrestling days) proposed to his girlfriend Chase yesterday and I got to shoot every little moment. OK, so here's what went down:

1. Ben calls me about taking some pics when he pops the big questions
2. We scope the spot out a few days before and devise a plan to capture the moment
3. The big day arrives
4. I pose as some random dude about 20 yards away behind a bush taking pictures of the "sunset" with a monster zoom lens
5. Ben rocks his guitar and asks the question on a 100 ft. ledge ( I guess it was a backup plan if she happened to say no...)
6. She says YES
7. It is revealed I was a photo sniper on the hunt


What-what, check out the bling!

In the next two pictures it almost look like they are overlooking the ocean or something but it's actually the cloud cover in the central valley. Totally awesome view above the clouds, nasty weather below! You can even see the coastal range far in the background of the pictures. Gorgeous!!

I wish you both the best in all your future adventures and can't wait to see you guys again!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Coonce Family

The Coonce family are great friends of my family and I. Mike and Doylene have been around to watch me grow into the person I am today. When we finally got around to deciding a location, Mike had a hook-up at a local wrecking yard thought it might be cool to do them there. I was like a kid in a candy store with possible shooting locations and ideas when we showed up. It was totally worth it and we all had a blast exploring the site and checking out all the old rusted up cars. Maybe one day I will be able to go back and try to do another shoot there if I'm lucky enough.

Hope you all enjoy...

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Sunset Silhouette

On the way back down from another day trip to Shaver, Michele and I stopped at a secret location that overlooked the entire valley for a few sunset pics with the dogs. I had my mini tripod and my camera and after seeing the following silhouette picture in the viewfinder I wished I would have brought my flash strobes to give us a little pop! I guess that means another trip to the mountains... bummer :)