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10 on 10: February

It’s the month of love, and although I had hoped to create a love-themed post, I am instead posting 10 photos I have taken in the past month.

Starting with my great love, Bella.  She turned 15 months on Feb 8th, which was a good reason to take her photo.   Her look changes so much depending on the position of her ears.  In these with her ears back, she looks like a fawn to me.  :)

Bella, 15 months


And the ears up pose…



At least twice a year, Ana hires me to take her photos.   I am still editing most of them, but this was a quick candid snapped as we were wrapping up.


I have been aching to be in the snow, but with so much work at home, I haven’t been able to get away.  I discovered Jessica Drossin textures,  and created this magical snow image with one of the photos I had taken of Ana.


Here is the original…

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Another fun shoot I did in the past couple of weeks, was for Russell.  He wanted some shots for his fitness website and some portraits too.   These are the few I have edited so far.


My assistant actually came up with this idea once I suggested to Russell that we should emphasize some of his strength and muscles for his fitness website.  He searched long and hard for a tree log and was patient enough to hold it up until I felt I had the shot.





I hope you all have a love-filled Valentine’s Day!   Please follow around our 10 on 10 circle, starting with the lovely Laura Bastien right here.

See you next month!


Life is a Beach – 10 on 10: October, 2015

In these recent mornings, now that so many are back to school and the beaches are less crowded, I’ve decided to take care of my cardio, meditation and prayer all in one fell swoop.   I head to the beach in the morning and do a walking meditation, stop to sit on a rock and pray, and then continue a vigorous walk/run through the shallow ocean water that is still so warm. I leave refreshed and ready for work.

Being who I am, of course I am never without a camera – and thanks to the quality of my iPhone 6, I’m able to keep things light and save my heavy Canon for client shoots.

I wondered how I could put myself in the image without having to run like Usain Bolt to make it happen.  I wanted to try to capture the serenity of my morning, but running back and forth so quickly surely wasn’t going to cut it.

One day I set the timer on the iPhone camera for the maximum 10 seconds, but I wore myself out trying for that one shot over and over.   Plus, people would walk by and there was too much time waiting for them to pass, so I wouldn’t look like a doof taking photos of myself .

So…I found an app called Gorillacam.   You can set your iphone to take anywhere from 10 to 30 photos with one click, and you can set a timer to give you time to get to the place you want to start.   I will keep trying this app, and maybe I’ll even get over my fear/insecurity of taking selfies when a stranger approaches.


I have no idea why this came out white-washed. No filter.

Other happenings during my morning medipraycardio walks:


And sometimes when I’ve got my bathing suit on underneath it all, I quickly do a splish-splash in the water before heading home.  Gotta take advantage of the warm temperatures while I can!

Please see what the talented ladies in our 10 on 10 group have been up to this month, starting with Stacey Griffin!

Enjoy your October!






10 on 10: August – Flash Friday: Mini Portrait Sessions

The portraits that we all need for LinkedIn, dating sites, Facebook profile photos, etc., –that’s my work every Friday–creating these portraits for many.  This is where my attention has been focused lately and I haven’t had quite as much time to get to the beach for my ocean shots.

It’s been a good time having new faces in front of my lens, as well as those whom I’ve photographed a few times before, but I love giving them three or four shots, and one inevitably becomes their avatar for various websites, or one that they love so much, it becomes the portrait they never had of themselves.

Here are a few:

I’ll be shooting mini headshots/portrait sessions every Friday either in San Diego or Los Angeles.  Please contact me if you’ll be in the area and want to schedule a session!

Please follow around the 10 on 10 circle of women starting with the uber talented, Bonnie.

Enjoy your Summer!



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10 on 10: June: The Cliff Hanger

And the cliff hanger is……me!   Now that I’ve begun to discover the beauty of Sunset Cliffs, it’s where I’ve been hangin’ in my free time!


The Daring One


I’ve had my old favorite beaches before. It used to be Cardiff-by-the-Sea, and Moonlight Beach in Encinitas.  Then it became La Jolla Shores for the Pier and long stretches of sand and then Windansea Beach for it’s rocky terrain that is easily accessible by foot with beautiful scenic vistas of turquoise waters.  Now, though not necessarily a beach, Sunset Cliffs is right up there with Windansea for me.  Well, just about.

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I love being able to have a birds eye view of the these beaches and the ocean.

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Shot on iPhone 6

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Because a client wanted to do a photo shoot here, I’ve taken the 15 minute drive to check it out at different times of the day.    Although I still haven’t been here at low tide, when I imagine you can walk through the caves (if you can find a safe way down the cliffs), I completely fell in love with this place, and I know I’ve only tipped the iceberg on what I will discover here.

It takes a bit of hiking on uneven ground to get onto some of these rocks.  I’m oftentimes a little bit scared when carrying gear, but I’m learning my way around and finding my footing.

Shot on iPhone6

I had only been briefly before when I realized that if you choose to watch a sunset here, with only one street out, you can count on being stuck in traffic for a long time, so you might want to bring some audio books, snacks and water for the drive home.

Diving in!


I went for it again yesterday…Sunset, that is, and although I was indeed stuck in traffic on the way home, it was totally worth it!

It’s almost Summer, so I imagine I’ll be working my way down the cliffs before too long and I’ll have many images of clients to share–so stay tuned!

This image below is not Sunset Cliffs, but I shot it from atop a cliff in La Jolla, so I was a total cliff hanger for this one too! :)

La Jolla, but from the cliffs (iPhone 6)

In the meantime, please follow around the 10 on 10 circle of fabulous and talented photographers starting with someone whose work I greatly admire, Bonnie Martin.  She will be linked to the next woman in the circle, and so on, so please do check them all out!

Enjoy the outdoors especially now that Summer is nearly here and I will see you soon!!





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10 on 10: May: One Month with Bella

This was our first full month with our pup, Bella, who is now six months old.   She has completely changed our lives by bringing extra love, joy, play, and yep…frustration to our daily routine.   The frustration part is completely over-shadowed by the goods she delivers to our hearts.

This portrait (above) is Bella to a tee.   She’s adorable, right?   But she’s got that sly look that says “I’m more than just don’t turn your back on me for a second!”.

She’s got a lot of energy, so we’ve just started taking her to the dog park.  Bella is pretty little — she’ll only get to be somewhere between 20-25 pounds, so we found a dog park just for the littlies.   She loves showing off with the Dachshunds and Chihuahuas – feeling like the big kid on the block.

The other day, we took her early and there was no one there.  She was bummed.  Then, voila!  In came a tiny dog that she wanted nothing more than to pounce on.   His Mom eventually had to pick him up to give him a break, and we watched with horror as Bella excitedly jumped up towards the lady, knocking her sunglasses to the ground.   Just as Phil went to pick them up, she grabbed them and proceeded to take off running through the dog park.  For Bella, it was a game of cat and mouse and it took a bit to stop her.  Phil finally retrieved them and went to hose them off  before giving them back.  There was something up with the water pressure, and the hose went crazy like a wild water snake.  It had a mind of it’s own, flying through the air in every direction, drenching Phil, and ultimately spraying the lady and her dog too.   Phil finally got a hold of the wild hose and turned the water off.  After trying to dry the lady’s glasses with the one dry part of his t-shirt, and having one of the lenses pop out, Phil and I were ready to run and hide from this ‘Marley’ moment.  The lady was very kind though, and said not to worry–that pups will be pups.  The hose was another story.   :)

I had never noticed it before with other dogs I’ve had, but Bella has been losing her puppy teeth.    We see the signs when it’s about to happen, starting with very little appetite, bad behavior, and the need to chew anything that comes near her mouth.   Then her paws go to her face like she’s trying to get at something, she licks feverishly, and then pop! — out comes a tooth.   She bats it around like the bugs she finds.    So far we’ve seen her lose about 10 of them!

We have to be sure to have her chew toys always near, and her mini bully sticks that keep her busy enough to stop chewing on us, the furniture, or perhaps a favorite book?

She loves to gather her toys and keep them right near her crate.   She destroys them all so quickly, that I keep looking for those that are not so easy to rip open and pull the stuffing out.   The other day she chewed the squeaker bit right out and we never found it.   I wonder if she’d squeak if I squeezed her tight enough?

She may be a little girl, but she’s long and lanky and stands up pretty tall!

We had a beach day not too long ago too.   There will be much more of this in her future!

Our Bella is an absolute love.   She’s got the fastest tongue in the west, so when we pick her up, we are prepared to be drenched in kisses.   This is what she did when we saw her at the adoption agency, and she continues to this day!  Fortunately, we love it!

We are so grateful for this girl in our lives.  She snuggles up to us all the time–wherever we are sitting, and lays between us when we watch TV, gets us out in nature more often, and the pitter-patter of her feet throughout the house makes our hearts do back flips.   I tell her often that if she were someone else’s dog I’d steal her!  She has completely won me over.  We look forward to what the next six months brings.

Please follow around the 10 on 10 circle and see what my talented and wonderful friend Kathleen Ries has been up to for the month.

On the beach at sunset. Look at Bella’s white lipstick!

Enjoy your Mother’s Day whether it be with a two or four-legged little one!

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10 on 10: April: Spring Brings New Life

Wow!  The 10th of this month really snuck up on me after a pretty tough last couple of weeks.   The good news is–it’s Spring!  And along with Spring comes new life.  New growth from the earth with so many bright colors, and new life in our home – with our new puppy, Bella.

I was in my hometown, Los Angeles, for a short time and an old high school friend introduced me to a hiking trail that was only a couple of miles from where I grew up.  Spring brought the vibrant green life to the hills with those gorgeous yellow mustard flowers everywhere!  Laurie and I arrived to gloomy gray skies, but after about 30 minutes of hiking these colorful trails, the sun broke through and scattered the light better than anyone could have painted it.   I didn’t bring my big camera, but my trusty iPhone 6 delivered again.  Here are some shots from that day….





As the sun set, the sky changed colors and it was different in every direction you’d look.

I had fun editing the image below using Mextures.


And off the trail, near my Mom’s home, the cherry blossoms (I think they’re cherry blossoms) couldn’t be missed.


Back home in San Diego, even the sunset skies had their own touch of Spring.

And Spring flowers (lisianthus and lilac) filled our home with a beautiful fragrance on Easter Day.

This is a little bit of Bella.  She loves the park, where she can stop and smell (or eat) the flowers.  She’s a great reminder of the importance in rest and play and she is the biggest gift of life for us this Spring. We adore our sweet, gentle, loving Bella.

Please follow around our wonderful 10 on 10 blog circle of talented photographers, starting with Micah.

Enjoy these beautiful days of Spring and remember to frolic in the flowers!



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10 on 10: Beauty From the Inside Out

Though she is one of my best friends, I feel so fortunate that she hired me to take her portraits for her new health business.   Ali, who has spent years as an acupuncturist working to heal people in their addictions, is in the process of growing a new business called Simply Wellness.  She is committed to helping people improve their health, wellbeing, and quality of life by teaching simple, sustainable daily practices.

She practices what she teaches, and as beautiful as she is on the outside, she is that beauty squared on the inside.   She smiles, listens, and inspires, and always radiates the light that shines inside of her.


Until her website is up and running, you can follow her on twitter here.    Her business will include health for the mind, body and soul, through nutrition, exercise, and so much more!

We spent a few hours shooting on a private beach in Laguna, an absolute dream for me, so we played around in the caves at Three Arch Bay.

We spent a good portion of our shoot doing a fitness segment too, so here’s a sneak peak…

I will certainly keep you posted on Ali’s new business, as I know it will have something for everyone!

Please follow around our blog circle, starting with the uber-talented Bonnie.   I’ll see you a little bit earlier next month for our 10 on 10 post.  It will now be available on the 10th!  See you then!

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10 on 10: The Color of Love

For this month’s blog circle, I decided to go with our optional theme of love…and chose the color of love for me…red!

These are images I’ve photographed and worked on in the past month either just for fun, as commissioned pieces, or as submissions for challenges.

The three images below were commissioned by my friend Ana.   She’s worked with me a lot and  wanted to create something poetic in red, that expressed her feelings of love that she is experiencing in her life.   She gave me artistic freedom so we had some fun!


The following Red Riding Hood Series was shot on a whim for the weekend hashtag project on Instagram — Fairy Tales.   It was a blast to work with Lily and to quickly use my imagination to piece together  a fairy tale in a very short amount of time.


Can you spot the spooky eyes in the above image?

I thought it would be fun to show a behind the scenes shot.  It was just me, Lily, my favorite red piece of fabric, and my very reliable assistant — my remote.  Here I was flipping Lily’s hair in hope of using it to show some movement in a shot or two.

Finally, although this image has nothing to do with the others…it’s a little touch of red in one of my favorite flowers,  french tulips.  Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

Please follow around our blog circle starting with Trine Lise, all the way from Norway!  From there you can click on each subsequent link and you’ll see that our circle has expanded!  Please be sure to take a look at each woman’s blog posts!   Thank you for stopping by!

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10 on 10: A New Year, A New Phone, and a Wiser Me

It’s good to be back to my blog for my first post of the year!

I’ve taken some time to get settled in, set some goals, and say goodbye to anything that wasn’t working for me in 2014.

Solana Beach

I spent a lot of time by the ocean in the first ten days of this year — taking time for reflection, time with visiting friends, and time doing what makes my heart and soul soar with glee —  getting to the ocean to capture and share the beauty I see.    I began to love taking photos with my new iPhone 6,  which I used to take all the photos in this post.

I’ve been loving the freedom in only having to carry my phone–such a small device, while climbing rocks and hills, or running through the sand to get to the shot I see off in the distance.

La Jolla Shores

These days on the beach seemed to be more beautiful than any days I’d ever seen.  Sometimes the beauty made me feel my heart would explode!

Solana Beach

I’ve recently asked friends if they feel the elation and exuberance that I do while at the beach with perfect light, amazing clouds that diffuse and dapple the light onto the ocean, seagulls flying, pelicans soaring in the spray of the waves, colorful sunsets after the storms, etc.,  and for many the answer was no.  Sure, they liked it, but there was something else in their lives that made them feel the bliss that I do when I’m at the beach with my camera.   I’ve realized that I’m on the right path.   Living where I do definitely suits me and so does my work.

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So I’ll continue photographing families and women in nature, and I’ll continue creating  the seascapes that I love, and I’ll continue to run to the beach each time I sense that the sky will be lit up by the greatest brush strokes of God and Mother Nature, because the way that makes me feel is the way I want to feel every day of my life.

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Ocean Beach


Please follow around our circle of women photographers, starting with Kristina Rust.  Each post will lead you to the next of 5 or so women with different interests in photography that will inspire.

Oh, and since I’m such a little iPhone-aholic these days…please follow me on instagram here.

Also, these images are all available as prints and other products at my Twenty20 shop here.

Thanks so much for your visit!


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