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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Fighting the Viruses

Being a photographer is having a license to be nosy. For the curious, this is a dream job where you get to peek behind the scenes and understand a little more about how our world works. So it was a true pleasure shooting a cover portrait of Wei Lin for Minority...

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Beating the heat, getting some shots

After four weeks with temperatures never reaching 80 degrees in Thousand Oaks, the heat arrived with a vengeance last week. My thermometer topped out at 97 one day. When that happens, the west county, just 25 minutes away, offers cool relief. So last week, after...

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Karmin at the Garden

Amy and Nick comprise the pop group Karmin. They are big fans of the Olive Garden restaurant and mention it in their hit song Acapella (video below). That led to a promotion with the restaurant chain in which fans could win a dinner date with them and concert tickets....

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