Congratulations to Cathy and James

Congratulations to Cathy and James, who got married on August 6 2011 .. I was honored to be there to capture their special day.  The wedding and reception were at the Heirloom Inn in Ione, CA.  A beautiful, historic house with beautiful grounds, great shade and a ton of character.  Feel free to check out the gallery of photos!

Wedding Collage

Cathy and James tie the knot

Great weekend in San Francisco

Emily and I spent Friday and Saturday in San Francisco for a little weekend getaway.   We did a ton of walking, which was good because it helped burn off some of the food we ate…. we’ve been to SF a ton of times, but this time we went on one of the double-decker bus tours – a great way to get around and see the city.  My goal was to try to capture photos of strangers, and the cultural diversity of the City… This ended up being a lot of fun and made me look at things a little differently.  While we were there, we ran across hundreds of bicyclists riding through town with a police escort.. turned out it was something called “Critical Mass” .. a monthly ride that takes place in a number of large cities throughout the US… another interesting photo opportunity.  After our trip to SF, we stopped by Muir Woods for a quick walk through the redwoods.. a nice way to relax after the hustle of the city.

Look closely

One of the photos of the Critical Mass bike ride in SF

Collage of photos from San Francisco

SF Collage


More photos can be seen in my Smugmug gallery

Retro “pin-up” shoot

Sunday, July 24 I got together with 7 other talented photographers, half a dozen models, and a number of classic car owners at Reiff’s Gas Station in Woodland CA for a collaborative shoot.  It was an all-day shoot in 90+ degree heat.. the models were troopers and the car owners were patient while we all got our lighting perfect and shot our models.  We had a ton of fun and got some great images.. thanks to everyone involved!

Retro Shoot Collage

Models at Reiff's Garage

Pirates – in Vallejo??

On my way back from the Hot Air Balloons in Windsor, I had to make a stop to get something to drink in Vallejo.  As I was driving, I noticed some interesting folks walking down the sidewalk.  It looked like the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean were invading Vallejo.  Soon enough, I understood – I saw the big sign for the “Pirate Festival”.  Since I had all my camera gear with me, this was just too good an opportunity to pass up.

Admission was free (they collected donations), and there were more pirates than you could shake a sword at.  All over the place.  I really liked the ‘zombie pirates’.. some of them got REALLY into character and had incredible makeup.  I only stayed for about 20 minutes – enough to get some photos and then I was back on the road.  It was a cool looking event – not sure if I would have wanted to stay too long, but if you had kids, it would be a great place to take them for a good afternoon swashbuckling.

Pirate Festival Vallejo CA

Collage of photos from Pirate Festival 2011