Kristian & Josef • Wedding Day

Kristian & Josef • Wedding Day

Sony a7riii & a7iii
Zeiss 25mm & 85mm

What a way to start off wedding photography in 2018 with these two!  Started and ended documenting their special day in the beautiful city of San Diego with muscle cars, a wobbly bridge, and fantastic craft beer.  Fortunate to have my brother Eric have me on board to capture special moments for Kristian and Josef, moments we hope they would never forget!

The gear?  Sony FF Mirrorless of course!  The new?  A7iii!  A total new photography experience for events.  I was able to comfortably switch gears from stills and portraiture to highlighting a party with ease and with one camera.  Eye AF, joystick for quick focus point adjustments, lowlight capability and 10fps worked in my favor.  The Godox AD200 was plug and play off camera to help freeze the frame as well.  Very pleased with the overall performance of the new Sony Alpha Full Frame.

The Rest of 2017

The Rest of 2017

Couldn't believe how quick August flew by.  Shot a wedding for a beautiful couple early on in the month.  Took a visit out to San Clemente to see if I can get some drone footage.  My brother offered skybox tickets to checkout Kendrick Lamar, that was dope.  Visited a good friend out in Venice and checked out his gallery at Samy's.  My wife and I had to do a little exploring while we were up there.  What better excuse to get in some snaps.  Then back home, scoping out the regular spots.  

September and October were both hectic.  I had my brother's wedding to celebrate, which coincidently fell on the hottest day of my life.  Got a couple shots out in OB before his big weekend.  Went to visit more of the regular spots, itching to grab a shot looking up at the planes.  JMSN was out here at UCSD with a low-key  show.  My wife and I love catching them whenever they make it down here to San Diego.  Took a spontaneous trip out to Lake Cuyamaca during a new moon to catch some stars.  That same weekend, we took the truck for a little 4x4 up to Julian on a mild trail.  Of course it was another scorcher. Before I knew it, October made it's way and we tripped back to Arizona for Lantern Fest with the family.  It was great spending quality time with them, sending special messages to our angels.

Donna and I took some maternity photos to start off November.  We're so anti these types of shots, but we sucked it up because we wanted to add this to Juliet's little photo album.  Our baby shower came soon after.  Our family is growing and the ratio of babies to adults is out numbering us.  Visited OB for photography on a day off before Thanksgiving.  Lighting was flat and pulling out the details from the EM1 is more of a challenge versus the a7RII.  Thanksgiving passed, Donna and I took family photos of our nephews and niece.  I put the vintage Canon LTM 50mm to use for the first time for portraiture.  The soft details were gorgeous, but not sure if I'll ever do that again with little ones.  Finished off that weekend with a drive to the beach to witness all the crazy San Diego sunsets.  

And there's December.  Squeezed in a few more photo sessions before Juliet arrived.  Got some aerials from Imperial Sand Dunes and over in Del Mar with the Mavic.  My wife and I went for breakfast out in PB and snuck in some photography at the pier right after.  We decided to make the day of it and stopped over in La Jolla for a few more looks and alone time.  My life is going to change they say.  It sure did.  

July Recap • Arizona Trip

DJI Mavic
Olympus Tough TG-5
Olympus OM-D E-M1 MkII x M. Zuiko 12-40mm

Dusted off the cameras, packed up a few bags, loaded the truck and the wife and I were Arizona bound.  Road trips are one of our favorite things to do together.  Whether its a day away or a complete get away, it's how we disconnect from the real world... exploring the real world. Driving thru the night, we hit the Arizona border by sunrise. After a quick fuel stop with the new family mobile, we jumped on Historic Route 66 towards Peach Springs.   Checked in at the Hualapai Lodge, purchased our one day permit, and we were down the Grand Canyon to touch the Colorado River.  It was a good 20 miles down the Canyon. Took a little over an hour with all the stop and go from the endless sights.  This is a definite must do again in the near future, maybe during the winter?

Olympus Tough TG-5

Left Peach Springs, Az the day after, en route to Phoenix to meet our brother Josh.  We got sidetracked a few times taking some random unpaved roads, but there were a couple stops to highlight.  We actually ran into Radiator Springs, the actual inspiration for the movie, Cars.  We wished our nephews Abel and Adam were there to witness it, #realfans.  

Chased a few rain clouds while we were at it, a perfect opportunity to get some shots of my babes.  Wrapped up and headed south through Coconino National Forest to Sedona.  

Olympus Tough TG-5

DJI Mavic
Olympus Tough TG-5

April First Forever • New York City

April First Forever • New York City

Olympus OM-D E-M1 MkII
M. Zuiko 12-40mm

The last of our mini-moons was spent in one of our favorite cities, New York City.  We landed early April 1st, excited to start our 16 year celebration and our first year as a married couple.  Little did we know that heartbreak was around corner.  I vividly remember that day.  Seeing the hurt in my wife's eyes was the most painful feeling.  Her sister, our angel on earth, now the guardian angel of our family.  This was Kate's city as well.  It was in the stars for her to transition to a life in Brooklyn.  Kate reminded us of her constant love for NY, even in our last moments dropping us off to the airport.  

Sony a7rii
Zeiss 35mm + Canon 50mm LTM

It's hard realizing how much someone so special has left us so soon.  Reflecting on these photos 6 months later, it dawned on me how little motivation I had for photography.  Just that sadness took a toll on all of us in different ways.  But it's time to channel these feelings into more photography.  Looking back on these photos, I feel I owe it to my wife and my family to stay motivated in things that drive me to be a better person.  

March Recap • San Francisco & Home

Olympus OM-D E-M1 MkII
M. Zuiko 60mm

Seriously, what a month!  Why I love March?  My most favorite people are celebrated this time of the year.  My beautiful wife grows into an even more amazing individual.  And my brilliant brother catches up right behind me in age.  These are the days I live for.  Seeing my loved ones smile and reflect on their accomplishments.  

Sony a7rii
Canon LTM 50mm

Wife decided to get away for her birthday weekend.  Packed up the truck and hit the road to San Francisco.  We were lucky enough to stay with wonderful company to celebrate her special day.  Low key days are the best days and a plus with amazing people.  Did some SF exploring, had good eats and drinks, and of course some time for photography.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 MkII
M. Zuiko 17mm

Meanwhile in San Diego, finally got my ass off the couch and caught a sunset out in La Jolla.  I've been pushing my cameras to it's lowlight limits these days.  Having both the E-M1 and a7rII is a treat, but truly two different cameras and shooting styles.  The E-M1's biggest focus in low light is its stabilization capabilities versus the a7's high ISO capabilities.  So truly no tripod needed just as long as its coupled with an appropriate amount of light.  Two completely different focuses and outcomes in lowlight.    

Lorraine & Don • Wedding Day

Lorraine & Don • Wedding Day

Sony a7rii
Zeiss 35mm

Sony a7rii
Zeiss 35mm

Sony a7rII
Zeiss 35mm

Sony a7rII
Zeiss 35mm

Sony a7rII
Zeiss 35mm

Sony a7rII
Zeiss 35mm

Sony a7rII
Zeiss 35mm

Explore • LA

Explore • LA

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mkii
M. Zuiko 17mm

Second trip to LA this year, this time to meet up with one of my favorite photographers, Josh Rose.  Met up at Deus Ex Machina to catch up over some coffee.  Convos about life, family, photography, cameras.  The guy enlightens me every time.  His perspectives inspire me, not only to evolve my photography, but even in life.

Olympus OM-D E-M1
M. Zuiko 17mm

With his Typ 240 in shop, it freed up room for his Nikon body and wide angle glass.  Josh's distinct wide angle style is pretty damn uniform whether with Leica, Fuji or Nikon.  

Olympus OM-D E-M1 MkII
M. Zuiko 17mm

I needed the day away from San Diego.  Something about heading to LA, get a refreshing perspective, nothing to anticipate.  To top it off, I was in great company.  The E-M1 exceeded my expectations, no surprise there.  As I mentioned in my last blog post, there's no hunting problems from my experience with the speedy AF from the E-M1, but it does tend to lock on unfocused.  Make sure your AF point is smack dab in the center of something with detail/contrast or else you could miss.  

Valentine's Day 2017

Valentine's Day 2017

Sony a7rii
Voigtlander 40mm
Minolta Rokkor 58mm

Happy Valentine's Day to all you lovebirds out there.  To my other half, I love you.  Thanks for all the love, encouragement, understanding and faith you instill in my life everyday for the last 16 years.  

Sony a7rii
Voigtlander 40mm

Out last night to hit up our favorite late night spot(s) in North Park.  Midnight dinners aren't the regular these days.  Shit, midnight photography doesn't seem to come around as easy as before.  Happy to take a quick stroll through Downtown San Diego before grabbing our favorite takeout.

Sony a7s
Zeiss 35mm

Getting ready for dinner for the day of at our all time favorite spot, Tong Sake House out in Poway.  Put some photos together for print for Chef JJ.  Blown away by this man's talent and personality.  My wife and I enjoy spending our nights there catching up with him and his wife.  Dinner at Tong's easily became our Valentine's Day tradition the last 3 years.