Portraits

Daniel John's Graduation Portrait Session - Hiddenbrooke, Vallejo, Calif.

Daniel John's Graduation Portrait Session - Hiddenbrooke, Vallejo, Calif.

Daniel – or "Daniel John," as I'm used to calling him – is a young man of many talents. First, he's the reigning Duncan West Coast Yo-Yo Amateur Champion who has gained quite the following on Instagram. Second, he's a practicing violinist, and my wife and I were lucky enough to have him play at our wedding! And three, he's a budding photographer and quite the prodigy, if I do say so myself.

The Tabasa Family - Santa Cruz, Calif.

The Tabasa Family - Santa Cruz, Calif.

As a photographer, I feel so lucky that my first photo session of the year took place on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. As a family man, husband, and puppy-dad, I feel even luckier that my first photo session of the year was spent in the company of family — and, in particular, this family.

Sheila and Justin are Expecting - Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, Calif.

Sheila and Justin are Expecting - Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, Calif.

Everything happens for a reason. When Justin and Sheila -- who will be welcoming a little one into their lives next year -- contacted me to capture this amazing time in their lives, everything fell into place effortlessly. I couldn't pass this opportunity up; it was almost too easy.

Baby Chloe - Holiday Portrait Session

Baby Chloe - Holiday Portrait Session

I'll be honest: I seldom do themed portrait sessions. And I typically don't work indoors or set up lighting for my portrait sessions. But trust me when I tell you: I would do anything for darling little Chloe. So I couldn't say no when Kristie and Joe reached out to me to take Chloe's holiday-themed portraits in preparation for her very first Christmas.

Janelle's Graduation Portrait Session - Dominican University of California

Janelle's Graduation Portrait Session - Dominican University of California

This winter, Janelle will be graduating from Dominican University with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. When she approached me to take her senior portraits, it was a no-brainer! She did give us our puppy after all. So I guess we can call it even, now...

Rey's Senior Portrait Shoot - Dominican University, San Rafael, Calif.

Rey's Senior Portrait Shoot - Dominican University, San Rafael, Calif.

Since my brother Rey is about to graduate from Dominican University with his Master's in Occupational Therapy, he asked me if I could snap some senior portraits for him. We started the day early, and Rey showed me his favorite spots on-campus. After a few hours exploring, we wrapped up with lunch at Sol Food — a local Puerto Rican restaurant with the best fried plantains in all the land.