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this is my dear friend allison.

she’s got a great smile and an even better laugh. while i was in cali last week we spent some time walking around venice beach…i brought my camera along and snapped a few shots of  her. we have a word, “hark”, in our group…we say it whenever we see something we like, when we say “hi” or “bye” and in general, it’s a term of endearment. it’s such a simple word with so much meaning. these images make me want to yell “hark!”



April 11, 2012 - 11:19 pm

Jessica Strickland - Love. love. LOVE.

April 10, 2012 - 9:45 pm

gary fong - OMG you are too cute little dolphin!!! You and Lauren together what a GREAT combination.

April 9, 2012 - 4:53 pm

Allison - HARK!!! and hugs! you’re the best l. 🙂

oFp. & shootsac lens bag.

while on a recent trip to sunny so-cal, i had the opportunity to play around with the new and *improved* shootsac lens bag…for those of you who are photographers you know all about the AMAZING-NESS that is shootsac. it’s a wonderful and a MUST HAVE bag when photographing any sort of event. we’ve photographed concerts, weddings, portrait & lifestyle sessions and everything in between and our “go-to” bag is always the shootsac. it allows you to the chance to shoot fast, change lens quick all without bulking you up, which lets be honest, is the LAST thing we want.

my wonderful friend allison lives near venice beach and we met up, walked around (laughed!) and shot for a little bit…the warm sun, awesome light and colorful art around every corner was such a welcomed change of scenery. i snagged a couple of quick images and was SO delighted to see one of the images featured in an email that went out today to all of the shootsac users! you see, they are launching a *NEW* version of the oh-so popular bag…with some new features that are going to make the bag even more genius and more useful (is that even possible?!)

:new features:

 INTERCHANGEABLE COVERS…with POCKETS to hold keys, memory cards, chapstick, etc.

NEW designs for all you guys out there.

a new SWIVEL HOOK…no more tangled straps anymore.

WIDER lens pockets for easier access to lenses.

go over and check out the new bag, all the covers, accessories and the new products they have…you won’t be dissapointed! a big thank you to allison (more images to come from our fun little session soon!) and kim from shootsac!




i’ll be honest and up-front with you all…these images kind of *rock my world*. photographing a session in the studio is really something for me that is a little out of my comfort zone…but then again, it’s all about pushing past those fears and jumping in head first.

this is joie. she’s fearless, has a southern accent, and wears great glasses.

here are a few images from my time with joie in the studio.



last dance.

I’ve held off posting these images until now for several reasons. The most important being that I feel they needed their own post, separate from all the previous dance images. Simple in location and lighting, these, alone, just need to breathe with you for a while. Although these were one small part of a longer session with Mallory, to me, they sum up all of what I wanted this project to portray. Dance of this caliber is fascinating to me. It is complex, defiant, graceful, resilient, provocative, expressive, and dreamlike. It is a beautiful art that deserves more respect

I want to again thank all the dancers and Kenyon College for letting me work through this process.



mount vernon bible college.

The most vivid nightmare I had as a child is one that I can recall to this day. Partially because I had it several times over the span of a few years, but mostly because it terrified me. If you’ve never seen it, the original Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, is, by far, the most troubling horror film for me to watch. It’s by no means gory or violent, but the starkness of Dracula’s face combined with the deafening silence are the perfect mixture to paralyze me to the point I can feel my heart beating in my ears. Although not a person, the location in the film is a truly haunting character. It’s a cold, dark, and unforgiving environment not unlike a sepulcher.

Fast forward to last autumn where I was reminded of that ominous place and the same paralyzing fear.

The following images are among the last taken in and around the Mt. Vernon Bible College. Built in the 1860s, this place is now a dying structure. If it weren’t for my friend, Drew Ernst, I likely would not have had the courage continue past the first doorway. The air was dank and the shadows were heavy. The entire building is filled with uncertainty, and, some say, paranormal activity. For the first time in my life, going into this building I felt a chill I’ve never felt before and the cold sensation of someone standing behind me letting me know I was not welcome here.


The entire western side of this building has given way and four stories have collapsed in on itself.
This chair was sitting at the very top of the stairs, which is particularly disturbing because it meant someone had been (or was still) up there using it as a lookout.
This mattress laid at the innermost room of the building on the very top floor…someone clearly had put it there because it felt like the safest and most protected area of the building. What I find particularly disturbing is the brick laying next the bed. Notice it has two nails hammered through it for use as a weapon.

Shortly after I visited, this building was filmed for a special on the ScyFy channel. The documentary of paranormal activity is titled Children of the Grave II. A few days after the film was wrapped, the building caught fire which resulted in extensive smoke and crippling water damage. It has since been boarded off completely in preparation for its eminent collapse.

April 8, 2012 - 9:25 pm

James - I obviously love everything you guys do….But this set blows my mind!

February 29, 2012 - 3:03 pm

Jessica - Creepy, but at the same time strangely beautiful.