Tag Archives: portraiture

A surprise proposal photoshoot, laughter & late summer sun

It is always an honor to witness and document the special moments that people will forever treasure, and when I was approached to provide clandestine photography of a surprise engagement at a beautiful coastal location, I could not resist the opportunity.  Arrangements were made, secret updates and texts sent, and as the sun settled with golden light over the crashing waves and dramatic cliffs of Asilomar, Matt proposed to Elisha.

After the main event, we used the beautiful location for some easy-going portraits, capturing their natural joy and love; goofy moments and lots of laughter made this shoot a breeze and the resulting images are so much fun.  Congratulations Matt & Elisha!

See more of my recent client work here, and contact me to plan your own surprise proposal photoshoot here!

Monterey Music Photography: Local talent, new sound

The local music scene in Monterey, California has been finding a new groove, led by a wide range of extremely talented musicians.  It has been a pleasure to experience these new musical acts in the past few months, and the opportunity to photograph their energetic live performances has been an added bonus.

Most of the live music and event venues in the Monterey region are relatively small, making the intimacy of the performances and music photography more accessible.  Some concerts have been challenging to photograph, but with such limitless musical passion brought to the stage by these talented performers, there are always powerful portraits to be found.

This set of images is from a recent show at the new Carmel Live venue, with the lovely Lillie Lemon and her fellow musicians.  It is always wonderful to hear the amazing results of these collaborations, and this performance revealed a new chapter in her musical evolution.

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Recent work: In studio, band promo & portraits

Recent studio portraiture of fantastic local band The Diverters and my dear friend Lillie Lemon who assisted with keeping the guys looking like the rock stars that they are. Working on promo/publicity shots as well as album art for them has been a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to our next collaboration. The chair was an impromptu prop that day, and the room was full of guitars and basses waiting their turn on set. With the black background and lighting already in place, we had a lull between band member sittings, and thought to get Lillie in front of the camera for a quick shot too.