Hiking and Climbing Trees in Wilder Ranch

A long time adventure buddy had the day off work and she joined me for a day of hiking through Wilder Ranch… couldn’t resist climbing the Oak Trees.

Santa Cruz Harbor Pumping!

This winter has been FULL of waves and here is just one of the days that shows the fun to be had!

Splunk EKO FY20

You never know where photography will take you… and photographing a company event is something I wouldn’t have predicted for myself, yet I have now photographed events for Santa Clara University and Splunk. Here is a sample of some of the craziness that happened at the Splunk office!

Surfing Santa Cruz in Style

From West Cliff to East Cliff, here are shots showing some of the style Santa Cruz has to offer

Lake Tahoe Just Before the Snow

Just before the snow began falling in Tahoe I made one last climbing trip to Eagle Lake

Some Earth and Vegetation of the Baja Peninsula

An assortment of natural images from a trip through the Baja

Summiting Mount Irvine

In the High Sierra, headed for Mount Irvine (13,786’)

Finding Your Yoga Photographer

A quick guide on finding YOUR yoga photographer and questions to ask BEFORE hiring!

Ask your friends about local photographers

Photographers, much like yoga instructors, have good days and bad days. The recommendation from friends is a great starting place to get the names of those around you, but don’t let one bad experience count that photographer out. Check them out for yourself! Also, posting in local Facebook groups is a great way to get more names for you to discover.

Stalk their website and social pages

Creep the photographer! Go check out their Instagram page, Facebook page, and website. When going through their website or social here are a few considerations:

-The images you are seeing are their BEST work. So, if it doesn’t impress you, then you most likely wont like the results of the shoot.

-Do they have a yoga specific portfolio? Or, do they focus on fitness/landscapes/portraits/etc. If they focus on yoga, maybe give them an extra plus!

-Could you see yourself in the images they are taking? Another way of saying this is, if you were to replace the subject with yourself would you still like the image?

-Read the photographers bio and take an interest in the human that will be behind the lens taking your photos. Usually they have a cool story to tell, JUST LIKE YOU!

-How can you contact the photographer? Website? Email? Phone Call?

Prepare yourself to contact the photographer

This step is the MOST important, imagine the photographer picks up the phone call and you don’t have any questions to ask, or, worse, you get a voice mail and blank on what to say! Let’s avoid that. So, here are some questions to ask:

-FIRST, introduce yourself and describe the work you are hoping to have preformed. Usually a photographer will have questions for you!

-How do you price a job? Yup that is right, photographers sometimes quote each job individually and some have day rates. This is up to the photographer, what you are looking for is a quote.

-What is the average number of edited images a photoshoot yields?

-How often do you photograph yoga? While most photographers photograph daily, photographers usually have 2-3 shoots a week, the other time is spent behind a computer editing and running their company.

Here are question NOT to ask and why:

-Do I get the RAW files? RAW files are unedited images. Your photographer should edit the images they are giving you, for these final touches are another step in what makes digital photography an art form.

-Who is your typical subject? This question is often asked by those who did not creep the photographer. However, you already did that and have seen their work.

Contact the Photographer

You’ve put in a decent amount of work this far, you are almost done! Shop around, get a couple of different quotes from photographers, and then decide. Complete this final 10% by emailing or calling your top few photographers!