About

I’m a photographer based out of Oceanside, CA. I freelance in a variety of genres including editorial, food, commercial, sports and portraiture. My personal projects usually involve the human form as I find it makes for the most compelling subject matter. I am trustworthy and timely and bring everything I’ve got to each project whether it be big or small.

If you need a professional photographer and enjoy my work please don’t hesitate to contact me, I’d love to talk.

A Bit of History

In January of 2010 I came back to my passion for photography after many years away. I decided to dedicate 1 year to becoming as good of a photographer as possible after which time I would spend some time in honest evaluation and decide if I wanted to continue.

Looking back at that year I can’t believe all that was learned and accomplished. I realize now that the goal of becoming a great photographer is like the goal of being a great person…I’ll never “arrive”, it will be a lifelong journey of refining vision and skills.

Someone once said that if your work is something you love then you’ll never have to work a day in your life. Photography is the work that frees me in this way. I love it and hope I’ll still be shooting from my wheelchair when I’m old and everyone has long since stopped paying attention.

My Gear

The hardware and software I’ve owned or currently own, in the order purchased. Bold items are recommended for quality and/or price. Crossed out items are items I’ve sold or no longer use.

Hardware

  • Canon 30D
  • Canon 20D (backup body)
  • SanDisk Ultra II 2GB CF Card x5
  • Canon EF 18-55mm lens – Sold
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens
  • Cheap tripod
  • Lowepro Fastpack 100
  • ProMaster 58mm circular polarizing filter
  • ProMaster 58mm UV filter
  • Canon Speedlite 420EX flash
  • 2 AlienBees B800 Strobes
  • AlienBees shoot-through or bounce umbrellas
  • AlienBees 10′ light stand
  • AlienBees 30 degree honeycomb grid
  • Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce for Speedlite
  • Visico 24″ softbox
  • DMKFoto 4-Channel Radio Remote Trigger
  • Backdrop Support Frame
  • Savage 13′ Four-Section Heavy Duty Air-Cushioned Light Stand
  • DMKFoto Studio Background Backlight Stand
  • B + W 77m UV Filter
  • Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L lens
  • 200cm Visico Octabox
  • Vagabond II Battery Pack
  • Canon 20D w/ battery grip
  • Canon 50mm 1.4 USM lens
  • B + W 58m UV Filter
  • White Seamless Paper
  • Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS lens
  • 47″ Paul C. Buff Foldable Octabox
  • Canon 5D
  • Vagabond Mini
  • Canon 580 EXII Speedlite
  • Canon 430 EXII Speedlite
  • Gary Fong Lightsphere
  • Paul C. Buff Cybersyncs and CyberCommander
  • Paul C. Buff Einstein
  • Canon 6D

Software

  • Photoshop CS5
  • Flickr Pro account
  • Picasa 3 (free software from Google)
  • MS Raw Image Thumbnailer Plugin (get it here for free) – Never worked for me
  • Lightroom 2
  • Lightroom 3
  • Lightroom 4

Books

  • Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS2 by Bruce Fraser
  • VisionMongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography by David duChemin
  • The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers by Martin Evening
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers by Martin Evening

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