Dreaming of Spring

It’s that time of year again (mind you a bit sooner than planned) that Spring has started to make itself known, and the snow (what little we’ve had this year) is melting away – meaning I’m beginning to dream about the backpacking season!!

With a baby on the way and a full season of weddings in the books – I’m trying to figure out ways to sneak away for a night or two high in the Sierra.

John Muir Trail sunrise in Yosemite National Forest
John Muir Trail sunrise in Yosemite National Forest

Hopefully there will be less snow than we saw in this 2005 trip through the John Muir Trail:

Hiking and post holing through days and days of snow on the JMT

John Muir Trail and one of many high altitude passes

lots of snow and ice on the John Muir Trail

Sometimes it pays to have a sign that reads “nice guys” when hitch hiking home from the middle of nowhere. If I could do it, I’d send our driver a Gift Basket as a thank you for the hours on the road driving us all the way home!

Hike the John Muir Trail and then hitch hike home

So, what adventures do you have planned for 2015?? Anyone want to join me for a quick trip through the JMT? I’m thinking 7 days should do it if we push it hard enough.


Thirst Relief Mentor Auction

It’s time to support a charity and for you to score big while doing it.

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I’m participating again this year in the Thirst Relief Mentor Auctions to support their amazing cause to bring clean water to the world.

If you don’t know about Thirst Relief – go visit their website to find out more. Then, if you’d like to support their cause, head here and bid on my auction.

Now’s your chance to score not only a full mentoring session with me – but also more than $500 worth of freebies including:
$400 worth of credit from ShootProof
2 free edits from Evolve

Support a good cause and bid on my mentoring auction with Thirst Relief International:

If the winning bid goes past $250 I’ll increase the calls to 2 90 minute mentoring calls and/or full-day in person and one 90 minute follow up call.


Squaw Valley Plumpjack Resort Wedding

Tucked away in Olympic Valley/Squaw Valley is the Plumpjack Resort – the closest wedding location to the mountain without standing on the face itself.

Adding in a quick trip to Lake Tahoe for some pictures on the beach and pier, Adam and Danielle chose the Plumpjack Resort Squaw Valley for their wedding location and brought with them a dance party to be envied.








Adventure Thursday – Nevada

I’ve been inspired over the years by a number of my fellow photographers and friends who pick one day each week to post on a specific topic – so today I bring to you the first installment of Adventure Thursday #adventurethursday for those who like hashtags.

Moving to Northern California was a big decision, we’d spent nearly 10 years in Santa Barbara – but with time and the help of a business mentor/coach I realized that without “true” adventure in my life, I was denying a part of myself that was causing me to get really burnt out. So, with little hesitation my wife Cheryl and I decided that a move north was needed. I quickly met a group of guys at church who shared the need for adventure and mentioned a guys trip over the mountains to the Nevada desert – guns, dirt bikes, hiking, camping – I couldn’t sign up quick enough.

Over the last two years I’ve made it out on several of these guys trips and they fill my need for adventure on another level – a road trip with all the excitement I could ever need.


All of these images were created with my iPhone – I can’t wait for the next adventure to bring my Sony A7s and A7II to push the envelope on my adventure photos – I tend to get so caught up in the adventure that I don’t want to bring a “real” camera – thankfully this new generation of mirrorless cameras are more compact and pack as much of a punch as any of the DSLRs.


Don’t be fooled… I may hate to sleep, but I  barely ever wake up in time for sunrise – this is sunset over the playa. (ok, the playa is kinda out of view, but it’s out there I promise)


While she only gets 7.5mpg around town, I’m pretty sure she does better than that on the highway, and worse than that when in 4wheel drive!



Now I just need to find someone who’s game to head out in the cold for an adventure next week!!

Bring On The Party – My Top 10 Night Wedding Photos

Being one who finds mischief to be one of the best forms of entertainment – I can’t help but love some night/reception photos at weddings – let’s face it – you add some music, some alcohol, and some really happy people and mischief is sure to abound.

This is a collection of just a few of my favorite nighttime reception photos from my weddings in 2014.














And for the more adventurous souls – a night hike with available afterglow and/or moonlight sometimes makes for the best photos after sunset without adding any extra lighting.night-wedding-photos17


The best photos may be the ones I can’t share – but hopefully these give a taste of the party the way I see it.