A great place to practice photography is at any museum. Their displays are already beautifully set. The lighting is spectacular. All you have to do is focus on your settings to get rich colors, foregrounds/backgrounds, white balance etc.


A Beachy Vacation

A Beachy Vacation Centerfold

A Beachy Vacation Centerfold Scrapbooking is a great way to save your vacation and other images into published books.

Since I’ve switched to digital scrapbooking and printed photobooks, I’ve never looked back or had any regrets. I tried real scrapbooking for a minute, but found it too time consuming, expensive and restrictive compared to my eclectic preferences for design.

Beachy Vacation Cover

Beachy Vacation Cover

For these composits I used stock images by Marek Bernat and Sam LeVan, respectively, for the people images.

I take a lot of images that are specifically for the element and not as a beautiful composition. With these I can easily make composites using shells, sticks, seaweed,  seagulls, even waves, skys, though I most often use full images for the backgrounds.

Hermosa Sunset

Sunset over Hermosa Beach, CA


  • taking in a vibrant sunset
  • surfing, boogie boarding, paddle boarding, kitsurfing
  • swimming, boating, sailing
  • exercising & playing; walking, jogging, yoga, biking, rollerblading, skateboarding, etc. etc. etc.
  • fishing
  • photography
  • people watching
  • soaking in the sun
Lifeguards making the rounds at sunset

Lifeguards making the rounds at sunset

If you’ve  never been to the beaches in California, they are great playgrounds for singles, couples and families to visit. Though the sanitized and boardwalk beaches aren’t my favorites when it comes to beautiful scenery, they are great for everything else.

Quite a Character

Africa 2013

This little guy was definitely the master of his domain even as a kitten. My first day kitty-sitting he was hesitant, yet not scared. He checked me out for awhile while I watered his rooftop garden, then decided I was okay and began to stalk me and eventually enjoyed some play time and petting.

Eight months later he has finished his kitten stage. I’m told all the furniture in the house is completely ruined via scratching, among other things broken in play. He has also accumulated a good sized outdoor territory as his domain.

Alpha Kitten Warming Up

Alpha Kitten Warming Up

His mother was a calico, so he’s got the rambunctious gene!