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Bell Street Farm Eatery and Market

  Everyone loves a road trip, especially Westways Magazine, a publication of the Automobile Club of Southern California. To celebrate the popular summer activity, Westways dedicated their entire June issue to road trips and popular food writer Nancy Ransohoff picked several memorable “Road Eats”. I was assigned to photograph the relatively new Bell Street Farm … Continue reading

New Mexico Journey

Photo Motion Blur

Being a travel photographer, I shoot a good number of moving subjects—powwow dancers, Cinco de Mayo dancers, rodeos. I generally create sharp images of my subjects with soft backgrounds so that the subject separates well from its background. It’s the dancer that is important, not the audience behind them. To accomplish this shallow depth of … Continue reading

Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn

Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn

The brothers are on a roll—Matt and Jeff Nichols, that is. After ten years at Mattei’s Tavern, Matt and Jeff opened Sides Hardware and Shoes–A Brothers Restaurant in Los Olivos. I was fortunate to photograph Sides Hardware soon after it opened and Jeff was already talking about their newest project—the Brothers Restaurant at the Red … Continue reading

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

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