The portrait you make can mean a lot

Samantha Aarts, Mary Pope’s 18-year-old daughter modeled for one of my lighting classes last year. She passed away from an accidental morphine overdose.

I have my days when I think of what I do for a living to be a joke.

It takes but a fraction of a second to make a picture.

While I was at the newspaper, except for natural disasters which affected many lives, the importance of my photography was seldom real.

Often I would ask myself, “Why am I being dispatched to traffic collision especially if it happened hours ago?”

Was it ever going to change how people drive?

Would people think twice about texting or drinking and driving after reading about it?

I highly doubt it.
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Great to be back

It’s been more than 6 months since my last post.

If there is a valid excuse, well, I was working full time teaching at a high school.

I’m back everyone

Not too much has changed.

I’m happy that ugly election is over. Now it’s time to get over the mindset, “if you’re not with us, you’re against us.”

I haven’t been posting a lot of work on Facebook because there’s good reason.

I’ve been posting more of my work on Instagram, so if you’re using Instagram follow me there and I’ll follow back.

The 6-month teaching stint was a great experience.

Though I didn’t enjoy the inherent problems of teaching at a high school like discipline, it gave me an even bigger appreciation of what teachers do day in and day out.

Parents are the primary teacher in life. They are the ones who set the standard of what is acceptable behavior. When they defer that responsibility to the teacher in school, I’m afraid that child is lost.

Because at the high school level, there can be no teaching happening in class when there is no discipline.

Practice isn’t just for beginners but also seasoned practitioners

A selection of faces I've collaborated with. Some recent, some a little older., but all these were done after I left the newspaper business.
A selection of faces I’ve collaborated with. Some recent, some a little older., but all these were done after I left the newspaper business.

Over the years I’ve been extremely fortunate to have met and photographed a lot of faces.

Many of these weren’t paid jobs but just collaborations or what is frequently called “Time For Prints.” Continue reading Practice isn’t just for beginners but also seasoned practitioners

UCR CHASS graduation 2016

A commencement ceremony guest stands momentarily to grab a photo of her loved one during Sunday evening's commencement ceremony
A commencement ceremony guest stands momentarily to grab a photo of her loved one during Sunday evening’s commencement ceremony

Like years past, I favored covering a graduation in the evening versus the early morning sessions.

I requested a 6 pm graduation and I was assigned the commencement for  College of Humanities, Arts and Social Science.

Temperatures are usually pleasant in early June and there is a lot of daylight on the Pierce Lawn, the site of the ceremony.

I tend to arrive 90 minutes before the start mostly because I dislike being late and in having to rush. Continue reading UCR CHASS graduation 2016

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