This is a note to myself: Steve, today is Juneteenth. I need you to remember why this day is so important and why it will continue to be. Remember how less than a year ago you had never even heard of it? Yeah, that’s a problem. You really started paying attention after George Floyd was killed. I know you cared about these issues before but you finally started doing something about it. * Keep it going. Learn your history. Keep educating yourself and others. Keep speaking out. Keep challenging the way you and others do business and interact in the world. Check your white privilege. Daily. Work on continuing to becoming anti-racist so we can dismantle white supremacy. * Remember your city was covered in art on wood boards as a symbol change and that beauty and creation can emerge from pain and destruction. * Mural by @davidburke_studio and used with permission.
“White people, use your privilege. It is a superpower!” My friend and fellow gym mate @inori_03 shared this statement with me a few days ago. He was speaking to the influence white allies can have in their positions of power in our society. During a time when it’s easy for white people to remain silent and sit in uncertainty these words emboldened me to take action where I can. Ending racism is not someone else’s problem, we all have to own it and it will require all of us to eradicate it. Thank you Adura for your words, friendship and letting me share your message. #blacklivesmatter #becomingantiracist
Growing up in Oakland and in diverse public schools I always thought I wasn’t a racist. I’ve come to understand though that this isn’t just something I can declare. Instead, because of the privilege and power handed to me at birth, it’s gonna take work. A lot of it. Yes all the time. If you’re black you don’t get a break from racism. Neither should white people from the work of becoming anti-racist. * Words by Angela Y. Davis * Poster design by @chendesign
My next door neighbor has awesome kids. Doesn’t hurt that they are agency signed talent too! The last one is my fav ➡️➡️➡️
I thought she was a little too quiet this morning. #puppyproblems #gotTP? #unstockcollective #licensable
A much wiser person once told me it’s not our thoughts that are inherently bad, it’s what we do with them. There’s a lot we can’t control right but we can control our thinking. There are brighter days ahead friends.
Wish I was divin’ into a water hole right about now. #unstock #licensable
Went for a hike. Met a new friend. #texaslonghorn
I’m about to upgrade my camera to this seeing how my current ones are doing me little good. #lockdown #quaruntinecamera #unstock
Remember when we all use to go to the park and have fun? Someday it’ll happen again. #hangtight #stayathome
Social distancing has been making it particularly challenging to think of myself as a photographer at the moment. I can edit and work on my archive and portfolio of course but my real love is capturing real life moments and being immersed in human emotion, which is just not possible right now. Ever since I started my career, first as a photojournalist and now in advertising, my drive has always been the same: to connect with others by “seeing” them and better understand what they are experiencing. This image was shot on move in day for Mills College first years. There’s always a lot going on with unloading mini-fridges, hanging twinkle lights and bed decorating but I’m always looking and anticipating for what might happen. In this case a mom saying goodbye to her daughter after they finished moving. It was a brief moment but one loaded with feelings. I’m now rethinking for the time being how I can still do my purpose without the camera.
Yes, this is my bathroom now. #fourlegsgoodtwolegsbad #animalfarm
I loved seeing this camaraderie on a recent higher ed shoot. At a time when we have so much “social” media nothing compares to spending actual time together with our friends - where you “like” each other by using your real hands not our virtual ones.
Maybe having been a high school teacher helped, but there’s this balance of being serious with teens as they are so capable but also giving them the freedom to still be kids. This was for a library shoot for Seattle based credit union @becu and their agency @phinneybischoff. It was loads of fun to shoot and no one needed a detention.
I loved the way this little 3 year-old would not leave her dad’s side. She was cold but not complaining. Not playing but happy to tag along. I imagine her childhood growing up in the rolling hills of the CA central coast will probably make her pretty adventurous and resilient. And if she is anything like my wife that grew up next door she won’t be afraid to throw cow pies at annoying boys.
I don’t often shoot in the studio but just loved the range this high school freshman gave me during our shoot for a non-profit’s annual report. I don’t like to direct subjects much for these types of things as the natural expressions people can give you is far better than what can be imagined. I just give them the runway to do it.
I recently did a library shoot for a large credit union and we had some teen skateboarders lined up. During the casting the client requested that these two younger boys also be added. I thought, “ok cute, they will be fun to have tag along as background.” Well time after time I’ve learned never to predetermine what you think is going to be your best shot. These little guys blew us away! Talk about no fear and just going for it! #spontaneouscombustion
One thing I love about the holidays is hanging out with friends and their kids. There are these unguarded moments that always seem to emerge even when I least expect it.
What it looks like when your wife can drive more than a car. #fishermansdaughter ➡️
Super stoked at how my Alaska salmon fishing promo came out thanks to edit by @pedroandjackie design by @eighthourday and text with @tannerlatham
We spent our thanksgiving in southeast Alaska with my wife’s parents. This is the view from their house there. Not. Too. Bad.
This is my father-in-law. He’s a commercial fisherman in Alaska. Like the landscape that surrounds him, he’s rugged, consistent, always inviting adventure.
Alaska has such a vast expansive landscape. It always blows me away even the little bit I get to see anytime I’m here.