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Orchid Collectors

Orchid Collectors

One of the great joys for a professional editorial photographer is to come up with a project that they would like to photograph, find a client to publish it and have the magazine’s art director design such a beautiful piece that the finished article turns out better than they had hoped. Orchid Collectors Our recent … Continue reading

The Chicken Lady

Photography, for me at least, is as much learning about the world around me as it is about creating images. Sometimes more, I suspect. Recently I had the pleasure of photographing chicken farmer Nadia Van Wingerden at Sage Hill Farm. Nadia Van Wingerden feeding her free-range chickens Nadia’s farm produces, among other things, free-range chicken … Continue reading

The Lark Restaurant

The Lark

One of the newest restaurants in Santa Barbara, The Lark, can be described in two words—elegant and eclectic. Located near the beach in the popular Funk Zone, The Lark offers a unique dining experience for just about everyone.   After a long, exhausting day at the beach, one can build up quite an appetite. The … Continue reading

Back From The Wilderness

Due to family commitments, I have been away from my blog, and my photography business, for over two months. Each day, when I wake up, I feel like something is missing. Creating images is such an integral part of my life that I am incomplete without it. Finally I am able to get back to … Continue reading

Toma Restaurant

Toma Restaurant

The harbor area of Santa Barbara is a popular tourist destination and has, as you might expect, a lot of restaurants. All are decent, many are good and several are great. A new–and old–great restaurant on Cabrillo Boulevard overlooking the harbor is Toma. New because Tom Dolan and his wife Vicki recently opened this new … Continue reading

S. Y. Kitchen, Santa Ynez, California

S. Y. Kitchen

A new restaurant has opened in the Old West town of Santa Ynez and it isn’t just a steak house. S. Y. Kitchen is adding to the wonderful selection of great restaurants now found in the Santa Ynez Valley, above Santa Barbara, with it’s own take on rustic Italian food. I spent a recent warm … Continue reading

Natalie Costello

Graduate Portfolios

      Brooks Institute’s Capstone Classes recently held their Graduation Portfolio Show. Students and their families, faculty, staff and alumni turned out to view the amazing images. I ran my usual photo booth at the event—samples below. The quality of these portfolios is always quite amazing and if you want to see what direction … Continue reading

Chuck Place portrait

Lifestyle Pitfalls

One of the pitfalls of teaching photography at Brooks Institute is the good chance that your students will use you for a model. As all photographers know, we are much more comfortable behind the camera, rather than in front. This portrait of myself was a result of a Lifestyle Class photo shoot based on business … Continue reading

Anchor Woodfire Kitchen

Anchor Woodfire Kitchen

Located on the edge of Santa Barbara’s popular Funk Zone, Anchor Woodfire Kitchen and Bar, located in the Hotel Indigo, blends the rustic touches of reclaimed wood tables with elegant chairs, cords of cut wood stacked with wine, cookbooks and jars of preserved fruit. It’s an unusual blend of styles that seem to fit together … Continue reading

Coastal Care, Cape Arago Lifghthouse

Coastal Care

  Although I believe in getting paid every time one of our images is published, occasionally a request comes along from an organization we are proud to support. Coastal Care contacted us recently about posting an image in their gallery “Celebrate, Photo of the Month”.  They chose an image of Cape Arago Lighthouse along the … Continue reading


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