Evan and I spent a few days in Puerta Vallarta, surfing and consuming a large amount of pina colada
I visited my brother and sister-in-law in New York a few months back to meet my first nephew, Oliver. I'm so proud of them for the lives they live and the positive impact they have on every one they meet. I know Oliver will grow up surrounded by love and understanding, patience and guidance from these two wonderful people that have shown me all these things, countless times, over the years. Proud uncle, brother, son, and friend.
Mr. Michael Antonia and his restored Barracuda.
Back in August, my cousin and I took a road trip across the states. I needed to get my bike from Chicago to my new home in LA so I invited Zack to help me out with the travel. He graciously let me set the pace on my cb750, maxing out around 75-80mph. Otherwise his Harley wouldve torn past me and left me stranded in the weeds. I didnt take nearly enough photos during the trip, I'll tell myself its because I was more concentrated on soaking in the experience. I'm so thankful we had the opportunity to do this together, and I cant wait to make this an annual adventure.
Ive been very fortunate to meet some amazing folks out here in LA these past few months. Sierra Prescott was introduced to me through a mutual friend back in Chicago. She's an amazing person/skateboarder/photographer/appreciator-of-life. I look forward to every text from her cause I know a new adventure will soon follow. Here's a smattering of photographs from our shoots over the last 3 months. (Also photographed Garret Hill)
Every once in a while I get the opportunity to photograph a wedding that really blows my mind, pushes away all my preconceived thoughts and routines of a typical wedding day and reminds me what love and joy and respect truly look like, especially on such a typically stressful day. I was incredibly honored when Chris and Alaina asked me to photograph their wedding. I'm so glad to call them friends and so glad to see them enter into this next chapter together.
We visited Joshua Tree National Park yesterday and it blew our minds! We ended up riding/hiking through the park twice, just to see it all again. I'm a big fan of these places we have here.
Last week I spent a few days camping and roaming around Yosemite National Park with Margaret and Corey. I get pretty overwhelmed every time I get to experience these kinds of landscapes. Ive never felt like more of a visitor on this planet, completely insignificant and out of control, but at the same time connected and apart of the organized chaos. Love it!
I've met a lot of nice folks out here during my first week in LA. I met Daniel @ridefastdieold at a coffee shop down the street from me in Highland Park. He thought I may be gearing up to snag his bike as he watched me drool over it. We got to talking and a few days later, he took me on a tour of the San Gabriel mountains and it blew my mind. I cant wait to get my bike out here for more rides like this.
My dad came along for the ride on my move out to the west coast. He had never really driven west past Nebraska before so I insisted he come along for the drive to see the landscape changes through Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California. So thankful for this man and this trip.
I met some truly amazing people while I was photographing for Crate & Barrel in chicago. I'm so glad to call these people friends and I'm so glad we had the chance to go camping together.
Last month my family and I spent a week in Hilton Head. It's my favorite time of year where we sit, talk, swim, eat, drink and laugh uncontrollably. Love these folks, so much.
I spent a week in LA last month. I was there for work taking photographs for a photography conference called Yeah Field Trip, a very large group of photographers attending workshops and events, lead by professionals in commercial, fine art and wedding photography. This year had a heavy focus on personal wellbeing and how important it is to have a clear vision of yourself before you can have a clear vision of what it is you want. At least thats what I got out of it. Ha. I met a lot of great folks. Cant wait for next years.
This is Billy Yost, of The Kickback. I was in LA last week for work and had some free time so I asked Billy if I could stop by the recording studio, where he's wrapping up the bands sophomore record, and take a few photos. I know how important those moments are when you're in the studio and how quickly you can forget about them. Even when you have an entire record of songs to remind you of that exact moment in time, the memories and small experiences fade away. I wanted to document him in that space that will, forever, be apart of who he is and who he was at that time. Im only getting dramatic about this cause Im learning just how important it is to document and save these small moments in life. I'm also realizing how incredibly bad my memory is and if I dont have visual representations of my experiences I may not remember these small happenings that make up my life.
Best of luck to Billy and the fellas in the band. I couldnt be more excited for this next record of theirs and to see them succeed, cause they damn well deserve it.
Some truly great people to start the new year with.