Julia’s Senior Portrait

A quilting friend of my wife (and good friend of the family) asked me to take her daughter Julia’s senior portrait this past summer. So we headed up to one of my favorite spots in Colorado: Chautauqua Park in Boulder and had a fabulous session. She’s so photogenic, too. After seeing these images on my screen, I came to like more the smile-less poses we shot–she just has this look and smirk on her face when she doesn’t smile, maybe she’s smiling with her eyes, I don’t know. But I liked the shots more when she did not smile. Too funny too, because I kept asking her smile over and over during the session. Go figure.


Julia Backlit

Julia Glowing

Julia on a Break

Julia Hiding

Julia Relaxed

Julia on the Wall


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San Francisco, Redwoods and the Golden Gate Bridge

On a recent business trip out to California, I went out a few days early to spend some time with a couple of co-worker and photography friends Damond and George. We started the day up in the Muir Redwoods National Monument north of the City and got a lot of shots of the redwoods, something I’ve always want to do, yet a subject that’s really hard to compose around since they are such large objects.

I think this top image where you’re looking up into the canopy formed by these massive trees kind of did them justice.


Muir Redwoods - Canopy

Redwood Canopy



Looking up the trunk of one giant tree

Looking up the trunk of one giant tree



Redwoods in Sunlight

Redwoods in Sunlight



Another Sunburst

Another Sunburst


We then left the Redwoods and ventured onward to the Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and to the Point Bonita Lighthouse (after a short side trip to the top of Mt. Tamalpais) for some sunset shots of the Golden Gate and the City where I was suddenly lost in my shooting. (Ever have those times?) Here are some of those images…


Point Bonita Lighthouse and Shoreline

Point Bonita Lighthouse and Shoreline



Point Bonita Lighthouse and Shoreline

Point Bonita Lighthouse and Shoreline



Golden Gate Sunset

Golden Gate Sunset



The City of Lights

The City of Lights



San Francisco & Golden Gate North Tower

San Francisco & Golden Gate North Tower


Finishing up a 10-hour day of very rewarding photography, I can say for myself, I was pretty exhausted. And stopping for a beer back at George’s house in Benecia was just what the Doctor ordered. I don’t think my colleagues quite knew what they were getting themselves into when they said they wanted to go shooting with me either. “Just one more shot!” ;)


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