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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!

sunset, cocoa beach

Some sunsets are irresistible, with dramatic clouds flung in otherworldly colors across the horizon. This evening in Cocoa Beach, Florida was a vivid reminder that some of the most beautiful moments can be found as the light of day fades away…

New horizons

Around the time one calendar year changes to the next, it is easy to become absorbed in reflecting on the recent past. In this case, 2011 flew by with alarming speed, and it is hard to believe that 2012 has already arrived. Rather than dwell on what has been, however, I am very excited by what is next. Many changes afoot for this blog and my photography – from new digital darkroom tricks to some incredible print collections and fine art offerings.

These two images, both shot on the same beach in Big Sur, are from a recent exploration of longer-exposure photography. Living on the coast affords me easy access to some spectacular coastlines awash in sunset colors and misty waves, and I hope to bring you more of these peaceful, scenic images in the coming months.

Last light, Big Sur

sunday morning meditation : with the wind…

with the wind (2), originally uploaded by A.p.K.

We are anchored to a past whose weight holds us back, but I am hopeful as long as we strive toward the horizon. With the determination of a steady wind, and with our hearts harnessing the light, we may yet break free.

with the wind (1)

Memorial Day meditation

(memorial, meditation), originally uploaded by A.p.K.

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. ~ Joseph Campbell

Today is traditionally a day for remembrance and for gathering with friends and family to celebrate the bountiful pleasures of the season.

I find it difficult to limit my Memorial Day meditations to just the fallen soldiers of countless wars. I think of their families and communities too. In recent years, the trauma and tragedy of war has played itself out as soldiers return home, burdened with endless nightmares and deeply challenging emotional scars – as the suicide rate climbs among the men and women who so selflessly put their lives on the line for their country, I find it shameful that we are not doing more to help them return to lives of health, vitality and peace. Even the most personal of wars can not be won alone.

I am also thinking of the leaders, large and small, who have dedicated their lives to the service of the nation. Having a visionary sense of one’s role and abilities as a leader, acting on those ideas, and seeing often difficult change through to an end is a remarkable task that most of us would not be brave enough to attempt, given the opportunity. It takes a particular kind of person to step into so great a role of responsibility.

We live in a world that is not likely to ever be free from conflict and war. Today is a day to consider just how lucky we are to have heroes in our midst everyday. From foot soldiers to leaders of nations, these are the people whose lives have been given up to something larger than themselves, and we might each aspire to living lives as selfless and dignified as those we honor today.

This particular photograph has some lovely subtle details, and is best viewed big, on black.

(more memorial moments here)

just another day in paradise

just another day in paradise, originally uploaded by A.p.K.

Living in Monterey is pretty much like living inside a postcard. Every sunset has the potential to make the evening magical, as the lights of the squid-fishing boats come to life along a stormy horizon, and a few hardy souls brave the cold wind and waves to surf that last swell of the day.

More scenes like this here.

where land meets sea

(1), originally uploaded by A.p.K.

I always find it remarkable how just the right cast of light across two different surfaces can reveal how deeply related both might be to each other. In this case, the texture of lapping waves during an outgoing evening tide are mirrored in the ripples of damp sand along the shoreline, all illuminated by low-angled light of the setting sun. Not a surprising relationship perhaps, but certainly very striking in the simple contrasting tones of black and white.

(even better bigger)