{December 11, 2011}   Capturing the Moon!

Last Saturday, I was on a mission. The lunar eclipse was set to start at 4:45AM and I intended to be at the edge of the world. Ok, a high overlook in Del Mar can be considered the edge of something.  It was freezing, but I had never shot the moon in a way that wasn’t just a bright spotlight in the star speckled  indigo sky.

I wanted to get the details of our fantastic satellite, so I did my research of finding reasonable settings. This helped in my quest as you can see in the next photo.

Playing around with the settings for over an hour and a half, I was able to capture exactly what I wanted; the beautiful moon with all its craters, terrains, footprints… 🙂 ok, maybe not the last one, and to get the moon that was expected to be blood red.  I used my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II telephoto lens and a tripod of course. I was really excited to get these shots and share with you something that I wasn’t able to attempt until recently. I hope you enjoy these!


{December 3, 2011}   Great gifts for the holidays!

A new client of mine who just happened to be an old childhood friend, found me on facebook and asked me to do a family portrait for her as a gift for her father-in-law. I was more than happy to do it. Scouting the grounds of a park in Carlsbad, we found a great spot where the lagoon makes a nice backdrop. Maybe it was the lighting, but the photo below looks like it was taken in a studio.

hmm…maybe not. But there are others that look like it was in studio, I swear!

We had another great group to photograph. Happy people = Happy photos. It really does show.

  What did I tell ya about that background?? It’s real I tell you!

So, I’ve been working on my lighting skills here. I have 2 flash systems with the wireless triggers. It’s a lot of fun when both strobes fire when they’re supposed to. 1 strobe decided it was too cold to work for me that day. We forged on with the other working strobe and still got great results.


After all that, the fun stuff….candids! I believe the candid photos make for great artsy portraits. That’s just me. I like to bring out some emotion in my photographs.

Let’s see if these do the trick.


I do hope you like my work and come back again!!


{November 13, 2011}   Family Portraits a Go-Go

It was a rainy Saturday so my family portrait session was bumped to Sunday.  Not a problem. Two sessions in one day is not impossible.  The family I met with is fast becoming new friends.  Over a year ago, I had given a gift certificate for a portrait session to my coworker, Rachel, before her twins were born.  After the cuties were born,  Rachel redeemed the gift certificate and was happy with the results. Now the twins are 18 months and more photos must be taken. Of course! How cute are they at a stage of walking, mumbling, dancing, and just being happy babies.

We shot at Grape Day Park. An awesome place with a variety of backgrounds to play with.  The twins are quick! You don’t know where they’ll be in 2 seconds. Time to get a fast lens. All I had was my Rokinon 85mm f/1.4…uh, manual focus, and 24-105mm f/4.  It was a challenge, but it got the job done. I was satisfied with the bokeh I got when getting the tiles in the background and foreground.

  I did a a little processing here to bring out the colors. I have found that photographing  children and toddlers  work when you don’t force them to look at the camera.

But when they do look at my camera,

I can get the most adorable look from these kiddos!

I’ve received positive feedback from Rachel and Jake. They said they had a difficult time choosing which photo to use for their Christmas cards. They used more than one. That makes me happy! I was glad that they called me again to photograph their children. The kids had fun running around. I had fun discovering what will come through my lens. I too had a hard time choosing which ones to post!


I enjoy processing my photos to either make the colors pop or to tone it down and make the images look vintage…timeless. I loved how Rachel dressed the kids up in attire that fits any era.  I really hope you enjoy looking at these photos as I do!!


Thanks for stopping by!! Until next time…

{September 15, 2011}   Welcome to my world!

Greetings to all who visit here. I am a photographer based in San Diego and I will share my art as I learn more about the blogging train. I do hope you get a chance to know a little about me  as I show you what I see through the lens. Stay tuned!

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