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.

Editorial Feature | Visit Oakland Inspiration Guide 2018

In case you needed another excuse to explore beloved Oakland… below are a few images of outstanding murals and outdoor activities photographed for the Visit Oakland Inspiration Guide 2018 by Diablo Custom Publications.

Featured Image: Stomper the Elephant by The Illuminaries

Featured Image: Stomper the Elephant by The Illuminaries

Featured Images: Dog walker at Leona Canyon Regional Open Space Reserve and Lake Merritt

Featured Images: Dog walker at Leona Canyon Regional Open Space Reserve and Lake Merritt

Photography Adventures | San Francisco, California

Some nights just don't go as planned...

Upon receiving an invitation to a Pilgramers Creative Connect, I grabbed some fellow photography lovers and booked it to San Francisco on a Friday night in hopes of mingling with other right-brainers. 

Needless to say, there was stand-still traffic crossing the bridge into the city and parking was limited... more limited than anticipated. After circling the block of the Castro based meet-up space four or five times, we finally ventured off and stumbled upon a park painted in golden light.

At this point, my car-full decided to say yes to spontaneity and started making our cameras useful in the inescapable beauty we discovered. As we began to ascend the heights of this appropriately named Buena Vista park, the architectural icons of the city came into epic view...

... hours later, Jenna, Victoria and I finally caught up with the folks from Pilgramers and made our ill-timed introductions. Better late than never, right? Then, we headed back to the East Bay via the Golden Gate and snapped a few fun long exposures along the way.

It's a challenge documenting your own life in moments you don't want to miss right in front of you. However, I'm so grateful I finally brought my "real camera" into the city so I could live this sweet memory again and again.

Unplanned is often unmatchable.

Portrait Photography | Kernersville, North Carolina

I've been fortunate enough to fly back to my hometown in North Carolina several times since my move across the country in 2013.

On my most recent trip back a couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to photograph a gorgeous cousin of mine on the rural property where some of my family lives. We couldn't have asked for a better backdrop provided by nature in it's fall colors. 

My cousin, Jordan, is celebrating her upcoming graduation from high school and our entire family is so proud of her and all she's accomplished.