Shooting the Blues with Robert Cray

I've been a longtime fan of blues musician Robert Cray--what a voice, what a guitar player! When the chance came to photograph a small concert (80 lucky souls) in Ventura one evening in December, I couldn't believe my luck. Special appearances by sax man Tom Scott and...

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Good Times at the Maritime Museum

One of the hidden gems at Oxnard's Channel Islands Harbor is the Maritime Museum, home to priceless ships models and oil paintings. I was there a week ago to photograph some images for their website and promotional materials. The ships models lend themselves to close...

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Central California Summer

Central California is a favorite place for my wife and I to visit. The landscape is remarkably untouched and will remain so. Here are five images from our trip there in late July. The first image is from Montana de Oro state park, taken from the bluffs trail. Next is...

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Marquis

I met Marquis at a photo session at the county hospital. We needed an impromptu model to pose with a doctor and he volunteered. Afterward, I got to know him a bit and was charmed by his sweet nature and those big kind eyes. I knew I wanted to photograph him some more....

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“Backwoods Bad Ass”

There are times when I shoot an image and think it would be way more interesting with a person in it (which is pretty much all the time). Alas, one cannot drag models along everywhere you go. Thus the fun of compositing. I shot the background image for this portrait...

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Fast cars, good medicine

I got a call last month to shoot a corporate event in Riverside, California. I've lived in Southern California for 27 years, but never visited the city. It's home to an historic hotel, the Mission Inn. I'd seen photos of the place and always wanted to photograph it....

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“Saddle bags”

As I finished a photo shoot in Ventura last November, the light was promising and the conditions clear. So I stopped off at the Ventura Pier to grab some nice shots of the Channel Islands. But things change and the light was rather ugly by the time I arrived. Still,...

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Bevan Manson: CD art photoshoot

Bevan Manson, an accomplished jazz and classical musician/composer/educator, contacted me last November to shoot photographs for his upcoming CD. With the signature piece entitled California Concertino for Flute & Chamber Orchestra, Bevan wanted something that...

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Christmas in the Conejo

The Conejo Grade is the winding section of the 101 freeway connecting the Conejo Valley (Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake Village) with Camarillo. Over the course of 2.3 miles, the road drops more than 700 feet and forms the unofficial boundary between east and...

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