Thursday, April 30, 2009

Jump Into The Fire

You can climb a mountain
You can swim the sea
You can jump into the fire
But you'll never be free
You can shake me up
Or I can break you down
Whoa-o-o-o-, whoa-o-o-o-
We can make each other happy.
- "Jump Into The Fire" - Harry Nilsson

Little tribute to Nilsson Schmilsson just because he makes me happy.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Music = Life

Question: If you were to be left with only one of your five senses which would it be?
My answer: Hearing!

Music has always been an incredibly important part of my life for as long as I can remember. The memories I remember most and best have accompanying sound tracks to them. My life is defined by my musical phases. I have over 1000 LP's and 500 GB of digital music. My only real requirement for friendship is that you have a passion for music. Doesn't have to be the same music I like but really just love some kind of music.  

Music = Life. It's as simple as that. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Growing too fast

Hannah is growing up way too fast but I guess there is really not a way to stop that.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Damnit! That hurts!

Doing a theme of the week for a Flickr group. Theme is senses.  Touching fire hurts and I took way too many takes to get this shot. 

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Spring is here!

and the roses are in bloom!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Dreams of a child

I don't know what Frankie was thinking about here. She may have been thinking of a new tactic to get candy, or the swings at the park, or the last episode of Dragon Tales that she watched, or how much her mommy and daddy love her.  I hope as she continues to grow that her dreams are of what she wants to be and who she wants to love. My dream is to encourage these dreams and protect her from all the bad ones. 

Friday, April 24, 2009

Never let Pandita be the Monopoly banker. He cheats!


Ugh. I spent forever on this trying to get a certain look and still did not get what I wanted.  I should have just tried to reshoot or come up with something different but I am too stubborn for this. Oh well, you get a sepia of me looking at the ceiling.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Fight with Ryan

Another copycat of a Flickr friend who actually lives in Alameda. This dude is one crazy mofo. I am making up a whole story that we had a fight over unicorns of all things.  Check out his shot here: and check out the rest of his photostream if you dare...definitely rated R for strong language.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


This week in one of my flickr groups the theme of the week is copycats. Perfect for what I need right now. I just get to copy others creativity. Little less pressure to think of something but still fun to take the shot and process. He did it with a clown mask so his is a little creepier. You can check it out at

Monday, April 20, 2009


I don't know if this 365 project is even worth it at times.  The pressure to come up with a shot every day that I feel good about is extremely difficult. I threaten to quit it every day but for some reason I still do it every day. I enjoy photography and I feel like I am getting better at both taking pictures and working with them in Photoshop. But some days it feels forced and becomes a burden. It is hard to be creative everyday, to find the time to do this. I feel like I am ignoring other responsibilities and especially my family. I am being selfish. I think that if I just take pics every couple of days and spend time with them that it would be better but I know myself and that time apart would become longer and longer and I would hate myself for eventually quitting. So, I will keep doing it for now...but who knows about tomorrow.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Inside a Redwood

We went to Muir Woods today. This pic is of Hannah and Frankie standing inside one of the unbelievably beautiful older trees with lighting courtesy of a ray of sunlight coming through the trees.

Saturday, April 18, 2009


Frankie loves the park more than anything right now. She gets so excited that she treats everything there likes she is at one of the speed dating events. One minute on the swings, one minute on the slides, one minute on the merry-go-round, a minute in the sandbox then she does it all over again. Pretty damn funny to watch. 

Friday, April 17, 2009

Just Me

No hats. No masks. Just me.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I wish my daddy had a panda mask

I bought this panda mask for $19.99 + shipping and had big ideas of a whole series with it. But it is just damn stupid. Maybe I will think of something to do with it but the only reason I am posting this one is because when I showed the shot to Frankie she started singing "I wish my daddy had a panda mask!" and I can't let the kid down.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Leonard Cohen made me do it.

We saw Leonard Cohen last night and he was unbelievably awesome! One of the best shows I have ever seen. He is such a cool cat...the voice, the lyrics, the smoothness, the suit, and the HAT.  No words to describe him really.  He is a true original.

If you haven't heard him then you need to. Just a little sampling:
"Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
Thats how it goes
Everybody knows"

Anyway, with my hair long wearing cool hats looked damn stupid. And Mr. Cohen looked so damn cool in his. So, the simple solution was to cut my hair off. Done. Now, I can wear cool hats.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Aren't they all when they are sleeping? :-)

Practicing some photoshop. Hair is hard! This is not perfect but it is not terrible either.  

Monday, April 13, 2009


Photographs are snapshots of less than a second of time. They can capture people, animals, special events, a beautiful landscape, and so much more. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and this cliche is absolutely true. Looking at a picture can evoke every emotion known to man...passion, love, happiness, sadness, anger, etc.

In our modern life, everyone has some kind of camera and these moments are captured nearly nonstop. With digital cameras we weed through these photos and delete all the non good ones. I take pictures every day and nearly all of them except for a couple will be deleted and a visual history of that moment deleted along with it. My excuse is that I take so many that my kids will still have 100x more of themselves as kids than I have of my childhood.  Or that I am responsible for a photo of a certain moment even existing at all so if I never took the shot then there would have never been a picture at all. No biggie if I delete it.

I was looking through my shots today and for some reason this ordinary shot of Hannah skateboarding would not let me delete it. There was something visual about it that caused an emotion. I look at it and I see Americana and the good life...skateboarding, white picket fence, a child having fun. I also see the only picture I have, and may ever have, of Hannah skateboarding. Without it, who is to say that she ever skateboarded? I also see her Spaghetti Cat t-shirt she got from a friend at her birthday last week. I am not even sure if she will remember the Spaghetti Cat when she is older but this picture will make her wonder and she will need to know. 

Anyway, this is an ordinary picture. One of many I have taken but one that luckily has survived the "delete" button.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Smoking Bunny

"Sometimes I doubt your dedication to Sparkle Motion" - line from "Donnie Darko"

In honor of Easter we watched "Donnie Darko" last night and I stayed up to 2AM messing around with my last shot. Up at 7AM with the kids hiding baskets and eggs and had some friends over for breakfast. I am a bit tired and decided a smoking bunny would be perfect for this day that means nothing to anyone who is not a kid or a Christian.

Yes I just happen to have bunny ears because I did a project a few years ago photographing as many people that were willing to in them. Check out if you want to see what that was all about.

Hope everyone had a great Sunday. Have a fantastic week.

Little Red Riding Hood

The moment I pulled this sweater out of the drawer for Frankie I knew what I wanted for my picture today. I envisioned the look, the style, and the composition. When working with a 2 year old it is never easy to actually get the shot you want, especially when they decide to skip nap time.  I like how this turned out.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Rusty Crane

Had some big plans for day 100 but I was derailed when I remembered the banks were closed and I couldn't get my hands on a $100 bill. Ended up with a boring pic of a rusty crane that I tried to do something with little luck.  Oh well, it is just one of the 365 days so what's the big deal. They can't all be winners.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Scratched and Dirty

What does it matter, a dream of love
Or a dream of lies
We're all gonna be in the same place
When we die
Your spirit don't leave knowing
Your face or your name
And the wind through your bones
Is all that remains
And we're all gonna be
We're all gonna be
Just dirt in the ground

- Tom Waits

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Frankie "The Kid"

UPDATE: Frankie "The Kid" was recently spotted at a park in Alameda, CA. 

Tres Amigos

This is the last known picture of the Tres Amigos gang. Dominickle Pickle, Hambone, and Frankie “The Kid” are fugitives WANTED in 57 counties for tomfoolery, mischief making, dog wrangling, avoiding chores, laughing loudly, eating junkfood, videogame playing, tv watching, staying up past their bedtime, public display of cuteness, and last but not least… wearing fake mustaches.

If you see these desperados proceed with caution as the little blond one may be packing something in her diaper. Report directly to the local authorities and collect your reward.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

What I see in the mirror

Not to be overly dramatic but most days I have a hard time liking myself. 

The personality trait I possess of being my own harshest critic is one that I both admire and despise. It drives me to be a better husband, father, friend, artist, employee... to be a better person. But it also makes it hard to see when I am actually improving or doing something good because it can always always be better. I often cuss at myself or tell myself that I suck.  I punish myself in many ways. Sometimes it works to achieve something I am trying to do. Sometimes it just depresses me.

This demand for perfection is also something I at times place on others but not nearly to the same degree or in the same manner. I feel I am very accepting and encouraging of others.  I definitely appreciate others for who they are.  It does not have to be done my way. I am open and would never place that pressure on anyone...especially those who I love. Why is it so hard to do this with myself?

Anyway, I think this shot is okay except the fact that I copied a hundred others that have done something similar with their reflection in a mirror.

Monday, April 6, 2009

I carry your heart with me

i carry your heart with me
(i carry it in my heart)
i am never without it
(anywhere i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling)
    i fear no fate
(for you are my fate, my sweet)
i want no world
(for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
 - e.e. cummings

i love you B. Happy Birthday!

Sunday, April 5, 2009


Ugggh! This 365 project definitely has it's highs and lows and right now I am in a rut.  Creative gods where are you?

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Fisheye Wife

Today was Hannah's 13th Birthday party. Thought it would be fun to take fisheye shots of everyone. This is my favorite shot of my favorite person.

Friday, April 3, 2009

If life gives you a lemon...

... take a picture of it and add photoshop textures.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Sweetheart Come

Come over here, babe
lt ain't that bad
I don't claim to understand
The troubles that you've had
But the dogs you say they fed you to
Lay their muzzles in your lap
And the lions that they led you to
Lie down and take a nap
The ones you fear are wind and air
And I love you without measure
It seems we can be happy now
Be it better late than never

Sweetheart, come
Sweetheart, come
Sweetheart, come
Sweetheart, come to me

The burdens that you carry now
Are not of your creation
So let's not weep for their evil deeds
But for their lack of imagination
Today's the time for courage, babe
Tomorrow can be for forgiving
And if he touches you again with his stupid hands
His life won't be worth living

Sweetheart, come
Sweetheart, come
Sweetheart, come
Sweetheart, come to me

Walk with me now under the stars
For it's a clear and easy pleasure
And be happy in my company
For I love you without measure
Walk with me now under the stars
It's a safe and easy pleasure
It seems we can be happy now
It's late but it ain't never
It's late but it ain't never
It's late but it ain't never 

- Nick Cave