What’s your favorite color? Whether you gravitate towards the warmth of a deep burning sunset or the electric blue of tropical waters, chances are there’s a spot out there with your name on it. I’ve always wanted to put together a collection of pics from my travels progressing through the color spectrum 🎨. Until I find a green sunset, here’s where I stand so far...
Each day is a fresh start. One of the hardest things in life is understanding this. Storms pass, waves come and go, and life moves forward. It’s easy to dwell on negativity and once you’re in a rut in can be hard to dig yourself out. They say you’re a product of your environment, and surrounding yourself with positive energy is contagious. When I got started with photography, it was the perfect escape I was searching for. Even the worst work day was an afterthought after a nice sunset. Sharing pictures each day was intimidating at first, but the goal was clear. If I could make one person smile or have a short mental escape from a challenging day then I did my job. I’ve tried to keep this mindset as I’ve moved forward with my career. Be approachable, always try to learn, and bring color to even the darkest of days. It’s easier said than done but it’s a good goal to shoot for and one that gets me out to the beach almost every day. Each of these pics brings back a fun memory. Whether it's sharing a fun day with a friend or taking a wave to the face as I tried to get too close, it doesn’t really matter. You can’t win them all, but being a spark in someone’s day is a victory in itself.
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Imagine living inside the crater of a volcano. On the island of Sao Miguel in the Açores, we drove the rim of the once active volcano and watched in awe as almost 800 people live day to day life on the lakes below #mindblown. It’s hard to envision the scale of this massive 3-mile wide crater until you climb the walls and gaze across. Even though the last eruption was over 1500 years ago, I think I’d built my house on the top rim just in case...
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The first national park I visited as a kid and one that still leaves a memorable experience each time I go back. As the depth of Winter hits the park, I look back on some warmer days running around the park and doing what I love most, taking pics! If you decide to visit the park during the shutdown, it’s more important than ever to please pack out all your trash and leave no trace. Places like this are only as magical as the people who have visited prior leave them. Thanks for capturing these clips @taylorcutfilms.
🎼: Frenship: Goodmorning, Goodbye
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It’s hard to imagine getting excited to shoot in the middle of a rainstorm, but some of the darkest days I’ve seen have been followed by the most inspiring sunsets. All these pics were taken right as storms passed and the sun finally found a way to shine through. You can draw parallels as we work our way through the highs and lows of life. It’s not always rainbows and sunsets. We all hit darker days at some point in our lives, but finding a way to ride it out until the sun shines again will make the good times that much sweeter.
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I have a short attention span but there’s one thing I could watch all day....waves at sunset. Something about the ebb and flow of the tides, surf, and golden colors dancing across the water makes it so mesmerizing. Here’s a glimpse into my daily sunset chasing along the Southern California coast 😎
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Tonight. Was. Incredible. It was everything you look for in a classic Southern California night. The waves were big, the sky was a dream, and kids were out trying to surf until the last light reflected off the water. Pure magic. It could’ve been just another Tuesday, but to everyone on the beach tonight it sure felt more than an ordinary night.
Shot on @sonyalpha a7riii and 16-35mm lens #alphacollective
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Electric energy and a buzz that makes you feel alive…that’s what I look for when picking a spot to travel to. I’ve experienced it in South Africa and upon arriving in Brazil, I was blown away by the Brazilian people and the magic throughout the country. I only scratched the surface exploring Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls, but I’m already counting down the days until I can find my way back. Here’s a few highlights and reasons why I fell in love with the country 🇧🇷
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Sometimes I think editing photos is just as much fun as taking them. Editing to me is really your chance to put a creative spin on it. What emotion did you feel when you were there? Some take it darker and moodier, some go for a dreamy feel, some photoshop a little person in there (but we’ll save that for a separate discussion 🙃). Regardless of what you do after you take the pic, the one thing I love most about photography is that everyone sees something different. I’ve always loved neon and vivid color so that’s one thing I try to accomplish when I’m editing color in my shots. Luckily Laguna Beach seems to put on a great show year round making it a fun place to call home 😎
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Was lucky enough to catch the tail end of Fall color overlooking Central Park in NYC at the @ritzcarltonnycentralpark. Growing up in Southern California, each visit to NYC brings an energy and buzz that’s truly inspiring and contrasts to the slow-paced life at home. It’s a city that’s constantly on the move, always evolving, and Winter in the city is full of holiday spirit. From checking out the ice skating rinks, to the holiday markets, and back to the hotel for some of the best views of the city I’ve ever experienced, it was another perfect trip to the city that never sleeps. Hopefully I can stay in the same room next visit because with a beautiful sunrise, a telescope, and Central Park in the distance, it was entertainment for hours in the windowsill 😎
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The magic of Southern California. Where you can go from a nice day at the beach to a snowstorm in the mountains in a 2 hour drive. Gotta love the diversity having the ocean, mountains, dessert, and city life all within a short drive! @kayrubes1 enjoying her own Winter Wonderland ❄️
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Started the year in Puerto Rico with @thepointsguy then hopped a plane to Banff in the heart of Winter. Straight from there to Nicaragua for some waves and then Switzerland to learn skiing. Went to Iceland for the first time with @robstrok and @masonprendergast then thawed out in Bora Bora in some of the bluest water I’ve ever seen. Visited South America for the first time and fell in love with Brazil. Got married to @kayrubes1 and we went on the most epic honeymoon in Africa ever! Lots of firsts this year! Ended the year so thankful for the friends and family I shared experiences with along the way and more motivated than ever to work harder and go bigger in 2019. @explorest is taking off and I’m excited to watch it grow into the new year. 2019 is the year of more firsts...visiting places I’ve never been, meeting new friends, and creating memories that I’ll never forget. Here’s some of my favorite moments of 2018.