Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome.

From day one of our marriage Becky Lee and I have been living by the motto carpe diem (thats how the ancient Romans used to say YOLO). After watching her mother die of a brain tumor and her dad die not long after we decided that life is short, you never know what tomorrow will bring, so we will live this life to the fullest and take advantage of opportunities. If we want to travel we’ll travel, we won’t put things off or play it safe. Pretty soon we’ll come to the end and we don’t want to leave anything on the table.

So…

One day I got a very sizable tax return in the mail. I found out about it when I came home and Becky told me we were going to Italy. Ha!

At any rate we went for two weeks traveling from Venice, Reggio Emilia, Rome, Florence, Pisa, and a bunch of other places. It was quite the adventure let me tell you. It was Becky Lee, Sonja and Kaleb and our friend Courtney who is fluent in Italian and lived there for a bit and myself.

I took along my Sony Nex 5 and it’s little kit lens, and my Rolleiflex 2.8f (thats a medium format film camera) and Rick Steve’s guide book.

Hopefully I’ll be posting more images soon but here is a teaser.

Saint Peter's Basilica

St Pete's

Here’s the technical stuff for people who care about that stuff. Rolleiflex 2.8f, Tri-X 400 at box speed, developed and scanned at home.

“The Wobble” Cam + Jessie

Wedding receptions are generally dark, very dark. Lucky for me I have camera gear that can focus in almost complete darkness and I’ve developed techniques for using flash photography at these receptions that gives me the look I want.

However, because it’s so dark I never really know what the images look like until I get home and start editing.

So…I spend a lot of time going through wedding reception photos… deleting all the herp-derpes, wardrobe malfunctions and generally unflattering images I end up with.

But every once in a while you get something like this…

Wedding Reception PhotosReception PhotosFort Mason Center

Courtney + Josh at Maria’s Vinyard

What can I say. I had a blast at this wedding. The place was beautiful and Josh and Courntey are friends, Courtney’s band the Blue Tail Flies played at my wedding and I shot the album art for their most recent CD release.

There was lots of fun in the California sun.

Santa Cruz Photographer

Courtnay and Josh: Maria’s Vineyard Wedding

This is what happens when amazing light and a great moment intersect in a split second…

California Winery Wedding

San Francisco Engagement: Andrew and Julie

San Francisco Wedding Photographer

I had a lot of fun with these two…