• Colonial Mexico: Guanajuato & San Miguel de Allende

    Capturing the spirit of Colonial Mexico — it's history, it's people and the customs that bind them together.

  • February 5, 2013

    Varenna on Lake Como: The Little Village We Love

    (Click on image for a larger view) We sat under an umbrella, our table decorated with two glasses of wine and a plate of bruschetta. It was 2005, and this was my first visit to Italy … my first journey anywhere in Europe. We had arrived in Milan that morning, boarded a train, and immediately made our way north to Lake Como and a little village Rick Steves had gushed about named Varenna. On the brick-lined shore before us, a father was teaching his two daughters how to skip stones. The warm, hazy sun gave the colorful village the appearance […]

  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

    Documenting the famous cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • December 7, 2010

    6 Photography Tips for a Kauai Helicopter Tour

    (Click on images for a larger view) While on Kauai, Hailey and I took a 90-minute helicopter tour of the island with Jack Harter Helicopters. The tour was billed as a photographer’s tour because it went slower and took its time with each section of the trip. Because of this alone, I highly recommend it. Kauai’s interior and much of its coastline is inaccessible (to most of us) and seeing it by air is really the only way to truly get a sense for the island as a whole.

  • Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

    Magic hour at North America's most surreal landscape.

  • August 4, 2013

    Tasting Alexander Valley Wines in Sonoma

    Apparently I am at that stage in life where its time to fall in love with wine. It’s a precursor to middle age, I am guessing. But before you start painting a picture of me based on the usual assumptions of a stereotypical midlife crisis — balding means time to grow a ponytail! — let me first state that I am only 34 years old. Also let me state what this new obsession is not about: The prestige of wine, Wine as a status symbol, Wine as a vehicle for alcohol-based escapism, Wine as an excuse to bullshit someone with […]

  • July 14, 2013

    Muir Woods NM + the Presidio in the Rain

    Last month, Hailey and I celebrated 10 years of marriage. Milestones are a funny thing: its just a number, another day, yes, but if there is one thing to be proud of — to truly celebrate, unlike a birthday or Valentine’s Day — it’s success in marriage. We toasted by visiting the Anderson Valley, an unheralded region of redwoods, vineyards and orchards in Northern California’s Mendocino County. It was a short trip, just three nights, but it was our first taste of what traveling around California is like: hectic, expensive and stressful in the urban areas; blissful, relaxing and delicious […]

  • February 19, 2010

    10 Must-See Churches in Italy

    (Click on photos for a larger view) Tanager Photography is temporarily grounded (i.e. the baby is due in less than three weeks), so I figure a retrospective is in order — how about the most spectacular churches in Italy? Feel free to tell me how wrong I am in the comments box, or suggest ones I missed. Keep in mind a few things: these are from a non-Catholic, non-historically significant, photographer’s standpoint. My criteria was a simple scale of how blown away I was by each church. Also, I intentionally left St. Peter’s Basilica off the list because technically it […]