I provide insight on following passions and inspiring others while sharing some of my recent works.

Great Stories: Andrew Stanton

I'm a learner.  I've gotten really good at finding resources and absorbing everything I can from them.  TED talks are one of my favorites.  A presenter stands in front of a live audience and speaks.  The speak on every and anything.  TED is an acronym for technology, entertainment and design.  Most talks can be whittled down to one of the three, others are uplifting in other categories.  

I'm surprised by the number of people I come across who aren't familiar or haven't heard of TED talks.  There's so much value here.  I've came across this talk by Andrew Stanton a second time earlier this week.  I think it's fitting to some previous posts I've written on.  Stanton is a has been involved with Pixar films since Toy Story, through the sequel to Finding Nemo (set to release in 2016) and multiple favorites in between.  In this talk, he explains what makes a story something so intriguing that people wait for it to end.  Do yourself a favor and take 20 minutes of your day to watch this:

Distractions to Photography

Facebook. Instagram. Twitter. Text messages. Irrelevant news. Headlines. Blogs. Websites. People who aren't subjects. Fears. Music. TV. Dreams. Ideas. Equipment. Competition. iPhone. Money. Podcasts. Trends. Expectations. Journal entries. Frustrations. Broken routines. Compromises. Lack of technical capabilities. Excuses. Likes. Followers. Page views.

These are the things that affect me and this is certainly not an exhausted list.

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
— Alexander Graham Bell

A Morning in Encinitas


A couple weekends ago, Krystal and I met up with Steven (check his site for a bunch of tech talk) in Encinitas for some exploring in a town I usually don't make the trek up to hang out in.  Steven Suggested we begin with some breakfast and coffee at Pannikin's along the 101.  The food there was awesome - the line out the door and to the street was certainly warranted.  I was glad I brought my patience.

From there, we hit the beach and walked from Moonlight down to Swami's, up to the streets and stopped in numerous stores along the way.  Luckily, the only hit to my wallet was a new pair of Stance socks from Hansen's - one of the biggest surf shops I've seen.

My goal for the day was to shoot a bunch of portraits and edit them all in the same style.  I think this ties all the photos together into a nice set from the day.

Street Photography with Mark

In my last post I was able to offer a quick rundown of a few photographers I've been able to shoot with, in and and out of the water.  Last on that list was Mark Gonzalez.  Mark's an old buddy of mine from high school who I was able to reconnect with over image making.  We've been out of touch but after taking a look at his various sites on the web (weddingsFacebookInstagram), his image style is something I wanted to see in action.  

After a few weeks of back and forth, not being able to meet for one reason or another (odds are Mark was traveling somewhere, doing something) we were able to connect one afternoon in downtown San Diego.  I'm alway interested in observing when out shooting with someone for the first time.  Mark's style is much more strategic than mine is - that's definitely the kind of work I see myself doing down the road.  Until then, you'll have to bear with my images shot out of lack of patience!  Enjoy.

Good Company

This will be a good follow-up entry to my last post.  If you didn't get the chance to read why I think every master was a student as some point, you can do so here.  

It's important to find, among all the influences out there, a core group of friends with the same interests.  Running down the path towards mastery is much more entertaining if you're able to do it with others.  I can't think of one profession, interest, or hobby that is done successfully and devoid of human interaction at some point in the process.

Connecting with people on the same level, for me, is half the fun.  Sunrise beach sessions, photo walks, and experimenting all need to be done among the company of friends.  Feedback, critiques, and inspiration fall into added benefits as well.  

Take a look at a few of the guys I've had the pleasure of getting to know:

Ron Hons:  This is the first guy I met in the water when I first got into shooting surf and waves.  He'll argue it isn't there but this guy has seen some of the success many ocean photographers wish they could.  He's also got a cool project in the works that I'm excited to see come into fruition.


Anthony Cassel Tony's found his way into a number of different photography outlets.  Music, portraits, family shoots - this guy shines on location.  I can vouch for that.  He was kind enough to let me tag along during one of his family shoots to assist.


Chad Holden The newer of the bunch, chad began his touch into photography by letting me shoot him out in the surf.  I'd like to say my wonderful images (haha) are what prompted his go at the other side of the lens, but I haven't been able to get him on record for that statement yet.

Mark Gonzalez:  I went to school with Mark and lost touch up until recently.  I didn't know he shot but as soon as I saw the images he was creating at weddings along with his portraits and street photos I was a fan.  We made it out recently and spent about 3 hours walking through downtown snapping some images.

In short, find people who get lost in the same stuff you do.  And if you shoot photos, let me know - my list needs to expand with some of the awesome guys in the SoCal area!