WPPI Master Class

In case you missed my posts earlier this year promoting my presentation in Vegas – in March I flew out to Las Vegas for the Wedding and Portrait Photographer’s International yearly convention to present a Master Class. With more than 12,000 photographers in attendance, my Master Class was an opportunity for a smaller group of photographers to break out and learn about what they need to know their first year in business.

Thanks to Jordyn Vixie for this picture of me in action http://www.jordynvixie.com/

I had a great time sharing insight on the business side of things – from taxes, and finances to website design and marketing. It not only gave me a chance to give back to the community, but it also forced me to look at my own business with a microscope and figure out what’s worked/working and hasn’t worked.
Probably the funniest part of it all was when one of the guards for the room (they have these sweet ladies who stand outside the door and only allow paying attendees to enter the room) – I walked out to see if anyone else was on their way in – and in my true form, I was barefoot – the “guard” gave me a heads up that if security saw me without shoes on, I might be escorted off property – needless to say, I gave my entire presentation barefoot. And yes, I have hobbit feet. #shouldagottenapedicure

As a speaker – WPPI asks you to submit images they can use to promote the conference – it only took me three days of walking by it without seeing it before my buddy Jensen Sutta sent me this photo of one of my images at the Concierge Bar front and center of it all:
I had so much fun teaching up and coming photographers and sharing some of my failures and successes. I can’t wait to get out and teach more!

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.


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.

Arista Winery Wedding Photos with Caleb and Wade

Arista winery is one of those wedding locations that begs you to explore for hours on end. I could have spent the full day hiking around finding new and different spots to create epic images with Wade and Caleb (they got engaged while doing an 18 mile hike in the Marin headlands!)



You couldn’t ask for a more dapper group of groomsmen down for the cause of celebrating.03-arista-winery-wedding    10-arista-winery-wedding    11-arista-winery-wedding  13-arista-winery-wedding

Congrats Caleb and Wade – your smiles are infectious and your friends/family some of the happiest I’ve seen. Thanks for reintroducing me to oysters and sharing your day with me.

The wedding pros who made it happen:

Coordinator: So Eventful

Location: Arista Winery/Meredith

Catering: Tasha Deserio

Band: Belle Monroe and Her Brewgrass Boys

Florist: Dragonfly

String Trio: Skyline Ensemble