Editorial Feature | Diablo Magazine

It’s not everyday you get to photograph birds of prey alongside a powerhouse of an editorial team. Thanks to this month’s issue of Diablo Magazine, I had a chance to do just that.

Congratulations to Lindsay Wildlife Experience for their 18 Diablo Best of the East Bay shout outs received over the years and to all of the local businesses earning their well-deserved recognition in this issue. Take a peek at the Complete List of Winners! Diablo works hard all year long to share and celebrate all that our community has to offer.

Small Business Spotlight | Wooden It Be Nice

Wooden It Be Nice is a small business I’ve hoped to feature since the fruition of this personal project.
Business owner, Bob Maes, is the epitome of a craftsman, forming beautiful and functional furniture and cabinetry with his own hands from his own home. His pride in ownership and attention to detail is evident in every project — thinking creatively and strategically to accommodate unique needs and personal preferences.

Thanks to Wooden It Be Nice for inspiring all kinds of creative folks, myself included, to pursue an attitude of excellence and humble service through our work.

The Importance of Portraits: Putting a Face to your Brand

I get it, I get it. You're not comfortable in front of the camera. You're an introvert. You don't feel photogenic. You're still hoping to lose a few more lbs. I've heard (and used) every excuse in the book. 

Here's the deal: We all crave connection and authenticity. If you take some time to think about the brands and social media accounts you are drawn to the most -- how many are faceless? Not many, right?

Whether you're a small business owner, an independent contractor (like myself), an artist, a blogger, or one of a many on a dream team... using familiar FACES to communicate to your audience is hugely important and highly effective. Portraits personalize and humanize for a more memorable first impression.

Headshot by Cali Godley

As someone scrolls across your social media feed or website for the first time, every photo is an invitation to come closer and learn more. As I'm sure you've experienced, when you're seriously considering hiring or purchasing from someone online - you click through every image and every page on the site. Expect others to do the same with YOUR page. Not only are they investigating your offerings and comparing you to the competition, but they're looking for anything that sets you apart.

Portraits highlight what makes your business unique... YOU! Many people can provide similar products and services, but no one else can be YOU. 

Headshot by Cali Godley

Here are a few practical next steps for growing your brand through self portraits:

1. Make your face your profile photo on social media accounts, not your logo

2. Add a photo of yourself and brief description on your website ABOUT page

3. Share photos of yourself and content from yourself OFTEN (If you're more than a one-man/one-woman operation, feature the entire team)

4. Update your self portrait with a professional photographer

Editorial Feature | 2019 Oxnard Visitors Guide

Humbled to be featured alongside these other creative contributors

Photography often opens doors to unexpected places — like Oxnard, California, a small seaside city nestled between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles brimming with unique local businesses and laid-back people.

I visited Oxnard for the first time a few months ago when I was given the opportunity to photograph 20+ small businesses and local landmarks for Visit Oxnard, many of which I’m grateful to have included in the current Visitors Guide by Destination Creative Group.

Take a look at a few of the featured images below, along with some of my personal favorites, and be sure to acquaint yourself with this delightful destination next time you find yourself on the Southern California coast.

Fresh & Fabulous Cafe

Multiple photographers featured. See photo credit on far left.

Multiple photographers featured. See photo credit on far left.

Multiple photographers featured. See photo credit on far left.

Multiple photographers featured. See photo credit on far left.