IPA Awards – My Girlfriend As…

An honorable mention for this ongoing series really means a lot to me, it’s special because it’s a project that I do with my sweetheart and I give most of the credit to her.  We decide who we want to portray, and what famous photo we want to recreate, sometimes we venture off and come up with something original.  She studies the makeup, does it herself, styles the wig and comes over dressed and ready to shoot.  I have my lighting setup ready to match the photo as closely as possible, and I have to say this project has really pushed me.  Surprisingly, post production is my favorite part of this project, we sit together for hours and laugh while bringing the image closer to it’s final stage.  The Mona Lisa is actually photographed on location, that is my city in the background, there is way less photoshop involved than you would expect.  We’re having a great time with this, and hope to make a personal book in the future.

Halloween Kids for OC Family Magazine



Scouted our location, Heritage Museum of Orange County, Kellogg House and brainstormed ideas outside after closing for about two hours, with Art Director Denise Smaldino & Writer/Wardrobe Jessica Peralta.  Makeup by: butterfli-Me   Hansel & Gretel: eight year old twins, Chance & Mackenzie Griffith.   Witch & Wolf: Ryen & Parker Olthoff. Pinocchio: Barrett Clark

Disneyland Bribe


When my daughter was 3 years old we lived in a community that had a dry sauna by the pool.  I wanted to do a photo of her with a towel on her head like a “big girl” but knew it would be a challenge.  A little Disneyland persuasion did the trick.  The entire shoot lasted 18 frames as the towel unraveled.  Photographed with my Hasselblad 500CM on Kodak TXP, natural light with one fill card.  Yes, we had a great time at Disneyland!

Personal Work: Jesseto


My new personal series Jesseto is up on my site. “Little Jesse” is a series about a friend who was born with a major heart defect.  His first mode of transportation was a helicopter ride from one hospital to another to save his life.  Jesse is 5’6″ and at the time of shooting  weighed 115 pounds.  Childhood may have been a challenge but as a 23 year old adult he is healthy and happy and this series explores appreciating life and self expression through photography.

I want to mention that throughout my career I had many project ideas that I talked myself out of, thinking for whatever reason it wasn’t worth it.  Nothing informs clients on who you are more than personal work, it helps round out your portfolio and can get you work that you want to shoot.  I like to encourage photographers at all career stages to follow through on ideas.  Remember you’re shooting personal projects for yourself and don’t need approval from anyone.  If anything Jesseto was fun to shoot, pushed me and helped me grow as a photographer.  I’m happy I saw it through.

Olympic Skater Ashley Wagner



I had the pleasure of photographing Ashley Wagner for OC Register Magazine.  The magazine wanted something urban and mentioned shooting Ashley in the city eating an ice cream cone.  I didn’t know Ashley lived in Southern California and wanted to play with the concept of her on water as if it was melted ice.  I also wanted her to be in her skate attire so she was instantly recognizable.  I pitched the idea to the magazine and they wanted to run with it.  Now the hard part, where were we going to shoot?  A few small lakes/parks came to mind but I knew we couldn’t ask her to stand in the usual muck that surrounds lakes.  We scouted and found the perfect location with rocks for her to stand on in Irvine, CA.