It’s bittersweet celebrating this gals 6th birthday. I can see and feel her getting old, yet there’s still some fire left in her.
Over the course of my photography career I’ve photographed people, food, products, real estate and dogs. Dogs are by the far the most fun subjects to photograph. Before working with Voyce (http://voycepro.com/). Sage was a frequent subject in my photography. She is featured in the two pieces above. From the beginning, Sage was trained to be in front of a camera, so working with other dogs that didn’t have this experience was a challenge. However, that challenge was the best part. It was amusing to hear the choices of words, phrases or questions the pet parents chose to get the dog’s attention. “Wanna go for a ride in the car?”, “Wanna go to grandma and grandpa’s house?” and the classic, “Want a treat!?”, were among the few I heard during the shoot.
For those unfamiliar with Voyce, it’s a non-invasive health monitor for dogs. It tracks an array of key vital signs like heart rate, resting heart rate, respiratory rate, activity, sleep and even how much they’re being exposed to sunlight. The idea behind this monitor is to help detect abnormalities in their vital signs. Dogs are genetically predisposed to hide pain, so medical conditions sometimes go undetected until it is too late. The Voyce Health Monitor can help with this and through Voyce Pro, veterinarians can remotely monitor their patients in their home environment.
I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to have worked with Voyce, their dogs and their owners. Being a dog owner, I’m happy to be doing business with a company that truly cares about dogs and their health.
-I was intrigued by this little boy’s spirit. He was smart, funny and joyful. I could feel their love for each other with every photo I took. I hope I get another opportunity to photograph this family. They were awesome!
-I had the distinct pleasure in photographing this wonderful family. Their happiness and joy radiates throughout each photo.
-While I was living in San Francisco I had plenty of days where I would explore the landscapes of Northern California. Here’s two portraits of my dog Sage that I really like.
-Bodie is an old ghost town located east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, CA.
-My wife and I recently did a cross country move from San Francisco to Northern Virginia. We ended driving over 4000 miles while visiting 10 cities. Here is my dog Sage sitting on Wormsloe Plantation in Georgia. This was a wonderful area to do portraits.
-My wife and I celebrated our 5th anniversary floating in a hot air balloon above the Napa Valley. The views were breathtaking. Northern California has to be one of the prettiest places on earth.
The ride was smooth. When you ascend it is like you are in an elevator. There is no turbulence and it is not windy at all. It is serene when you are up there.
If you have a fear of heights like me, you will be able to handle this. When we first started climbing altitude I was a little anxious. However, once I realized that we were stable and nothing traumatic was going to happen, I chilled out and enjoyed the ride.
I would highly recommend anyone who is adventurous and not afraid to take risks to go for a ride in the sky.
-Before arriving at Mozzeria I was told the owners were deaf. I found myself immediately intrigued by them. Knowing the restaurant business, communication is key. Needless to say, there was no problem with communication among the staff. Everybody knew sign language and my assumption was that everyone was deaf.
Melody Stein was my point of contact. She was a very sweet woman. I appreciated her passion for food. Each dish she brought out was amazing! The colors, textures, smells, and appeal were all on point. (See above)
I left Mozzeria humbled by the experience I just encountered. I met a successful deaf restaurant owner. It goes to show that if you can dream it, you can do it. I am truly inspired by this couple.
Check them out at http://mozzeria.com/.
-Very generous staff at A 16. The plates were nicely prepared and the Margherita Pizza was on point. Fresh ingredients and wonderful flavors. Check them out if you are in the Marina in San Francisco.(http://www.a16sf.com/)
-Cafe Des Amis has some wonderful new dishes they are offering on their dinner menu. Check them out at http://www.cafedesamissf.com/.
-I had a chance to do a mini photo shoot for Mixt Greens located in the Financial District in San Francisco. This restaurant uses the same concept as Chipotle, but instead of building your own burrito or taco, you build your own salad. The staff was friendly and the food was fresh. If you’re ever hungry and you’re looking for something nutritious and delicious check out their Website at http://mixtgreens.com/. If you don’t feel like leaving the office or home, order through https://www.trycaviar.com/menu/32/mixt-greens. I was able to try both of these salads and was thoroughly impressed by the flavors and freshness.
-If you ever get a chance to drive Highway 1 in Northern California I highly suggest you have a camera on you. The sights are truly stunning. I was down to my last few days of holiday vacation so I decided to take a drive. I came across this beautiful lighthouse that was sitting on the edge of a cliff. I immediately pulled over to capture this gorgeous landscape. I must have taken over 50 bracketed shots of this structure. After sifting through all of the drafts I was able to come across one that stood out among the rest.
-Myself and the Mrs. went for an amazing hike in East Bay. It was called Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. The hike was about 7 miles long and was definitely not for the novice. The views and landscapes were breath taking. Along the trail we decided to catch our breath and capture ourselves under the canopy.
-After finishing a rigorous semester at Golden Gate University I finally have some free time to get out and do what I love. I was able to get out to the western side of San Francisco. As I was making my way back from Sutro Baths, I came across this little guy pollinating some flowers. I spent nearly 40 minutes trying to capture the perfect shot. As we all know, hummingbirds are extremely fast when in flight. I was able to capture him perched on a branch and in flight. How do I know he’s a he, because males have colored heads. Patience and perseverance pays off.
-I recently had a photo shoot with Try Caviar for Pica Pica Maize Kitchen in The Castro, San Francisco, CA. The food looked so delicious and colorful. I was fortunate enough to be invited out to shoot some of their items off the menu. Take a look! Also, check out https://www.trycaviar.com/ and http://www.picapica.com/ to get a better idea of what they can offer you. Enjoy!
-My wife and I recently went to the winery, Domaine Chandon. Their land, vineyard, and winery is beautiful. One of the best places to capture portraits for a wedding, engagement, or just a regular visit. I thought I’d capture my wife in her element of happiness. I mean, who doesn’t like wine?
-Walking down the street in Mission Beach, San Diego when I caught this little guy scaling a little fence along the sidewalk. He was kind enough to stop and pose for the camera.
-I recently updated some of my camera gear and one of the items purchased was a Nikkor 85mm prime lens. This lens is perfect for capturing stunning portraits. As you can see from the image above the clarity is impeccable. I can’t wait to try this lens out on some of my new clients.