Last October when I was in New York, I had the chance to catch up with my great uncle Manny and his two sons (my cousins) Steven and Jay. We sat around the kitchen table and looked through dozens of old family photos. My great uncle mentioned that when my grandmother, Blanche, was living out in California she’d send piles of photos for him. Some of the images had dates, others descriptions and some blank. He pulled out a few and asked me to help identify my mom from her twin.

I also got to hear the family history of living in the Bronx, my uncles journey of studying at UCLA but moving back to New York to work and take care of his younger siblings before he could graduate. The same rational to support the family allowed him to get out of the army early as well. After dinner Manny grab a framed photo of my ancestors. I flipped over to video mode on my 5D Mark III and captured him telling me who each person was and if and when they immigrated to the USA.

What a fun night, learning about my family and spending time with my cousins and great uncle.

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Elvis lives on. Elvis was channeled for this high school senior session. I was honored to be a part of this production and a second photographer through  Studio Fotographica Tiffany Bertolami-Fong Photography. We shot over two days, eight locations  (yes 8!), planes, trains, motorcycles, music shop, guitar store, just to name a few and at least a dozen looks. We couldn’t have pulled it off with Kourosh‘s mom who helped collect the outfits, props and coordinated with the different locations. Thank you Jessica Quintal for hair and make-up artistry.

Check out his highlight video below. It’s long- remember two day and 8 locations, it’s so worth it. By far one of my most favorite collaborations to date. Thanks Tiffany for having me. OX

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What a joy it was to photo these two and their pups. I got a call from Lance about six before he and Alex, were to board a plane to Hawaii for their wedding celebration. They had just attended a wedding in Napa and saw so many lovely photos scattered throughout the reception of the couple that they wanted to have that for themselves.

We headed out to the Legion of Honor and started with the beautiful filtered light in the colonnade then headed out to enjoy a walk around Lands End soaking up the views of the Golden Gate bridge. Check out the highlight slideshow at the end of the post.

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I started a personal project earlier in the year called Kids in Vans. These brothers love to BMX bike much like their dad, who the day before went off a jump and landed wrong, breaking his leg in two places. But like his kids, he’s tough. He came to the shoot on crutches and in a cast. I’m sure he wanted to be riding along side of the them.

The boys brought out the ramps and set them up. Placing them a few inches apart and then fiddling with them until they were just right. At only 5 and 3 these brothers are fearless , riding no handed with their feet on the cross bar and other various tricks.

Love capturing there spunk. And hope to have another session with them again to see how their skills on the bike improves.

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What better way to spend Christmas day breaking in your newest gear. Today we look back at this hiking adventure with five teenage boys at Point Pinole regional park.

We started off early in the morning as the sun was peeking above the horizon and headed over the hills and meadows of Piont Pinole regional park. The day  was filled with laughs and crashes, yes the tree the boys decided to climb fell and nearly gave me a heart attack. Thankfully no one was injured and we could all head off to In and Out for burgers and shakes to celebrate.

Hope this adventure into the wilderness with five teenage boys, inspires you to get outside.

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