Sabrina and Her Guitar

Photography doesn’t always have to be overly orchestrated or lighted.

This is Sabrina, a dear friend of mine.

We both saw the lighting. We looked at each other and said…”Yep, we’re going for it.”

And this is what we got. And should I mention that it’s from an iPhone.

It was so so so fun!


Ron & Lizzy…Two special people

Talk about two fun people to be around. That’s Ron and Lizzy. Ron and Lizzy are both very special people. While they may have some life challenges with intellectual and physical disabilities, they are not letting life pass them by.

When I photographed them this past weekend, I continued to be driven by these two quotes:

  • “It is important to click with people than to click the shutter.” — Alfred Eisenstaedt
  • “A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” — Edward Steichen

In the studio, the three of us were having so much fun. Laughs, funny faces, pauses, and simple joy.


In Los Angeles with Peter Hurley

Big Dream Come True – I’m in Los Angeles for three days with Peter Hurley at the Headshot Intensive/Intensified workshop.

I love this quote from Bruce Lee:

“Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own.” – Bruce Lee

Quotes by Sam Abell

“And that desire – the strong desire to take pictures – is important. It borders on a need, based on a habit: the habit of seeing. Whether working or not, photographers are looking, seeing, and thinking about what they see, a habit that is both a pleasure and a problem, for we seldom capture in a single photograph the full expression of what we see and feel. It is the hope that we might express ourselves fully – and the evidence that other photographers have done so – that keep us taking pictures.” – Sam Abell


“A mad, keen photographer needs to get out into the world and work and make mistakes.” – Sam Abell


“It matters little how much equipment we use; it matters much that we be masters of all we do use.” – Sam Abell


“One of the things that I most believe in is the compose and wait philosophy of photography. It’s a very satisfying, almost spiritual way to photograph. Life isn’t’ knocking you around, life isn’t controlling you. You have picked your place, you’ve picked your scene, you’ve picked your light, you’ve done all the decision making and you are waiting for the moment to come to you….” – Sam Abell

Photograph by Sam Abell.
This photograph changed everything for me.
Feel the presence.
Note the simplicity.
See the composition.
Experience the story.

Quote By Nikon Ambassador Tamara Lackey

Photography has provided me an extraordinary opportunity to better understand each person I encounter. –Tamera lackey

Quote By Nikon Ambassador Bambi Cantrell

I just love people, and believe truly great photographs are a reflection of who the client is, not who I want them to be. –Bambi Cantrell

BRESSON: It’s Life That Interests Me

Photography is nothing–it’s life that interests me. – Henri Cartier Bresson


We must avoid, however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole. – Henri Cartier Bresson

ANSEL ADAMS: When God’s Ready

Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have someone click the shutter.  – Ansel Adams