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Sep 092014
 

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Over the Labor Day Weekend, I traveled down to Monterey, California, to photograph Serge and Katie’s wedding which was held at the Pasadera Nicklaus Club. The weather was spectacular, the venue felt like we were in an estate in Tuscany, and everyone had a fantastic time. Serge’s family moved to the United States from Russia and their wedding customs (yes, vodka drinking) added a great touch to their reception. Here are some images from their big day!

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Sep 022014
 

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

All I had to do on this one was push the shutter button repeatedly! When you have beautiful people in beautiful settings, photography is easy. Kristyn and Neill’s San Francisco wedding was, simply put, amazing. They had an intimate ceremony at the chapel at St. Cecilia’s and then headed down to the Mission District for their reception which was held at the phenomenal Foreign Cinema. It was also a pleasure to get the chance to work with Shannon Leahy Events who nailed the schedule and turned Foreign Cinema into a gorgeous wedding venue! Many congrats to Kristyn and Neill!

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Aug 252014
 

Colin Rodgers and Nate Scales turn the corner from the pass between Alice and Toxaway lakes while running this classic  loop in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho.

“Running is what people do in the Olympics” was how Nate compared what we were doing to the real thing. He continued, “Or, what a thief does when pursued by the cops.” We were not running the Alice-Toxaway loop in the Sawtooth mountains of Idaho. That said, with only three breaks (granola-bar,summit, and a swim) we were able to finish the 18 mile loop in 4:20.

The trails were busy with overnight hikers. We passed at least a half dozen groups of four or more. What was a bit interesting was that more than half of these groups were people over the age of 50 and only 2 were families with younger children. It seemed to me that the sample we got yesterday was a good reflection on today’s backcountry users–aging hippies staying fit on the trail whose x-generation’s offspring grandchildren are absorbed in computers, games, and social media!

Colin Rodgers and Nate Scales turn the corner from the pass between Alice and Toxaway lakes while running this classic  loop in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho.

Aug 182014
 

Mountain biking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Like the Nor Cal surfer, Jeff Clark, and his famous solo pursuit of surfing Mavericks for decades, Idaho locals have been riding their mountain bikes on the single track trails in the White Cloud Mountains without much notice. Stories about riding out in this distant range have stayed on the peripheral, like fables. Matt Leidecker, Scott Corkery, and I gathered this past Saturday for our first ride on the east side after having heard about a magnificent 25-mile loop that took riders high into the alpine.

Mountain biking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

I’d heard about this ride from a friend who works at Club Ride who said it was a classic, but, Matt had met a couple of guys who called the ride, “The Unicorn,” because it was so otherworldly and fantastic that it couldn’t be real! Needless to say, it didn’t take much convincing to get us motivated for the adventure.

Mountain biking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Matt is currently writing a guide book for the White Clouds and while doing research a few weeks ago had left his “White Box” (his term for RV’s) at a trailhead near our intended ride. He needed a shuttle to get out to his rig and after a few emails, a little map work and scheduling, he had the three of us a plan in which we’d climb up a western drainage on the southern end of the range, cross over the divide, and descend into the adjacent eastern drainage which would ultimately have us finish at Matt’s rig where we’d stay the night. Then, the next morning, we’d get after the Unicorn.

Mountain biking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

What with each of us having two kids and wives, we were not able to get to the trailhead until late in the afternoon. But, to be honest, it was great for me photographically. A short but steep three mile ascent put us on the divide with a 2000′ descent taking us down to the RV and one of Idaho’s best hot spring, The Bowery. Unfortunately, Matt had a mechanical on the descent that destroyed his rear derailleur. We made to the hot spring with the last light and had to use our lamps to ride to Matt’s RV.

Mountain biking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

While cooking a hodgepodge of instant meals leftover in the RV, we thought it might be possible to convert Matt’s bike over to a single speed which would allow him to ride the Unicorn with us the next morning. We rose from our tequila induced slumber at 6:30am, had breakfast, coffee and got Matt’s derailleur off, his chain shortened, and were off riding by 7:30. Unfortunately, at the first steep climb Matt’s chain snapped and ended his bike ride; he coasted back down to go research a different drainage for his book.

Mountain biking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Scott and I carried on. Both of us had a preconceived idea that this loop was going to be brutal. We expected to have to hike-a-bike a ton on the ascent and that the downhill was going to either break us or our bikes-or both. After an hour in the saddle and having found the climb to be a mix of perfectly inclined and buff single track mixed with short bouldery technical sections, we started pinching ourselves to see if this trail was real. 5 minutes wouldn’t go by before either of us would bust out laughing at how good certain sections of the climb were. We were in disbelief and began challenging ourselves on the reality of the situation.

Mountain biking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

A few hundred yards from the top of the climb, I lost it and began shouting hysterically. I’d just finished spinning up a few perfect switchbacks and then caught a glimpse through the forest of the alpine zone-a magnificent peak with a sheer white granite wall a few hundred feet tall. In all my years of mountain biking, never have I enjoyed a climb so much and been rewarded by such a fantastic view from the top.

Mountain biking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Aside from the hoots, hollers, and whoops of joy that came forth from our grinning mouths, the words we used on the descent to define our experience riding the Unicorn were thus: holy shit, what the fuck, dear god, jesus christ, insane, fucking crazy, hell yeah, nuts, nutty, spicy, sick, etc. The descent seemed to never end and its quality never subsided.

Mountain biking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

The Unicorn took us through almost every mountain niche and trail condition. It was an intermediate climb followed by an expert descent. I had to throw my bike three times and hit the ground twice. I blew my rear tire once and was impressed that no other mechanicals happened. It was rad.

Mountain biking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Those guys that told Matt about the Unicorn mentioned that they’d ridden a different trail in the White Clouds and found it to be better, so, they called it the Pegasus. Maybe we’ll disappear into another world when we ride this one!

Mountain biking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Mountain biking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Mountain biking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Mountain biking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Mountain biking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Mountain biking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Mountain biking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Mountain biking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Mountain biking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Mountain biking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Mountain biking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Mountain biking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Jul 082014
 

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

Anymore, my clientele is primarily referral based and on occasion I get the pleasure of working for the same family multiple times. So it has been with the Kristyn’s family! I’m fairly certain I’ve mentioned this in the past, but, seeing how the point I’m about to make has been one of the best and unforeseen perks I’ve found being a photographer, I thought I’d mention it again–that the relationships photographers develop with clients isn’t typically a one time deal–they grow and blossom crossing generations, family members, and friends.

Having this opportunity to photograph for Kristyn and Neill is awesome–my third wedding in their family. They are such a fun couple and thankfully they trusted me to take them on a bit of a road trip through the North Bay Area stopping through places like Nicasio, Point Reyes Station, and a handful of road side pullouts for their engagement session. Their wedding, like all weddings, is going to be a fantastic reunion of family and friends and that I know so many of their family and friends makes this upcoming gig that much more exciting!

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

Jul 032014
 

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

In late June I met up with Lindsey and Patrick to photograph their engagement portraits. We had a great time traveling around the northern section of San Francisco and across the Golden Gate in Kirby Cove. I kept thinking about how the Sierra range some 150 miles east is well known as “The Range Of Light,” and what with those same light rays passing through San Francisco first-it’s no wonder such wonderful luminance exists there in the afternoon! I’m already looking forward to being back with this fantastic couple at the end of September for their wedding!

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

May 202014
 

Couloir skiing in Idaho.

Just on the other side of most any high alpine peak or ridge lie the strikingly beautiful shafts of snow which are isolated by rock walls and are better known as couloirs. In french, it means “passage” or “corridor,” and in terms of ski mountaineering, it means a portal into the ephemeral world of steep and exciting turns. There is a little cirque up north that offers a half dozen or so little couloirs that are fun to get into. Matt Sylvester and I went up for some of these tasty turns one stormy day late this Spring.

Couloir skiing in Idaho.

Couloir skiing in Idaho.

Couloir skiing in Idaho.

Couloir skiing in Idaho.