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Don’t miss Family Portrait Month

Don’t Miss Our Special Family Portrait Month Promotion


Before and after operation by Operation Smile

I thought you would want to know about a very special family portrait promotion we will be participating in with an elite group of photographers around the country.  From October 16 to November 15, we will celebrate Family Portrait Month, a wonderful opportunity for you to update your family portrait (or portraits of your children), and support Operation Smile, which treats children around the world who suffer with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

Along with other studio members of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), we have pledged to contribute your $98 session fee to PPA Charities which has chosen Operation Smile as its charitable beneficiary. Every $240 will enable one child to have the needed surgery to have a normal smile that the rest of take for granted.

What’s more, we want you to benefit from this special offer: so I am offering

  1. Saturday Oct 19 sessions for those of you who like a weekend appointment
  2. 12pm-5pm Oct 31, Halloween specials for kids (or adults) in costumes, $40 package (includes 20 minute mini-session, and one small digital file of your favorite pose, additional orders are 50% off normal price). ALL proceeds from this day will go to Operation Smile!

Recording the faces of children and their families is our greatest pleasure. That’s why we are so pleased to support the work of Operation Smile. Each year this incredible organization of more than 6,000 volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists, and specialized health care professionals, perform free reconstructive surgeries for children suffering with facial deformities. More than 100,000 children are born with a facial deformity each year in Operation Smile’s 26 partner countries.

We hope you will join with us in helping to make this vital work possible. Don’t forget that the holiday season is right around the corner, so there’s no better time for a family portrait, which is always appreciated as gifts for family and friends and to send along with holiday greeting cards.

Your Family Portrait Can Create Smiles and Change Lives!

Celebrate your family by helping a child! Call now 831-426-1400. Appointments are limited! Remember… Your family portrait is perfect for holiday cards! Family Portrait Month is sponsored by PPA Charities.

As always . . . we look forward to creating some truly wonderful portraits of your family.

You will always get my BE THRILLED OR BUST guarantee on any portrait taken at my studio. This is a great opportunity to experience for yourself or to gift a friend or loved one something they will treasure.

time-zero Santa Cruz – my first photography book

Today is a milestone day, I have published my first photography book time-zero Santa Cruz. Have you thought about publishing a book? It is actually a lot easier now than in the past. If I had to print 1000 copies of a book I probably would never have done it. But it is now possible to have them printed on demand, with very little upfront cost to the author, so I decided to give it a go.

Order on Amazon here.


It is a look at Santa Cruz where I have lived since 2001. I started taking photos of places around Santa Cruz using a Polaroid SX-70 instant camera, and really enjoyed manipulating them to make them interesting and different. My Polaroid SX-70 manipulated images have always been a personal project. I love the uniqueness of them, and the painterly look. You may have seen them in my Polaroid gallery.

Making photographs look more like paintings by manipulating Polaroid SX-70 images is an alternative art form which has been around since the 1970’s.  Although Polaroid no longer makes this camera and film,  the SX-70 camera can still be found on eBay or in people’s garages and attics. The more challenging part is getting the time-zero film which can be manipulated. The Impossible Project, a very interesting story by itself, currently produces film which can be manipulated similar to the time-zero Polaroid film. The results are not exactly the same, but one can still create one of a kind images today.

I got my first SX-70 camera in the 2000’s, when the film was still available from Polaroid. I love watercolor paintings, and I love photography. This is a happy union of  these two activities. I enjoy the process of creating something different and interesting, while having fun with it. The photos are manipulated using hand tools, scanned into the computer, and sometimes further enhanced using computer software. To me, it is just a fun process, and the results are often unexpected!

I especially enjoy meeting people who are curious about the odd camera I use when I am out taking photos, and showing them what can be created from the photos.

In this first book, I have included 50 images of Santa Cruz, many street scenes downtown, on Pacific avenue over the the last few years and some new images of the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, which is so identified with Santa Cruz as a summer holiday destination.

Please visit my Polaroid gallery, and if you like the images, check out the book too.

The book can be ordered now on CreateSpace  and it is also available on Amazon here.

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I am now a CPP certified professional photographer

I am now a CPP! But you say “What is a CPP?”

What is CPP? CPP stands for Certified Professional Photographer. I bet you didn’t know professional photographers can be certified? Everybody has heard of CPA but CPP is not so well known.

When I started my studio, I joined the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) to keep up with the latest industry news and knowledge. I took classes to Read more

Santa Paws photo

Conclusion of Santa Paws with raffle drawing

During the weekend of December 18 and 19, despite the rain, Santa Cruz SPCA volunteers and I were at the Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton to take holiday portraits of pets and people to raise funds for the SPCA. Due to the bad weather, we had fewer people than last weekend. But overall, we raised a good sum of money for the SPCA, so it was definitely a worthwhile endeavor. At the end of the day, Santa Claus picked the winning raffle ticket number 699720, belonging to Debbie Neal of Santa Cruz. Congratulations to Debbie for winning, and also we thank Debbie and all those who came to the event who supported the SPCA! Happy Holiday, everyone!See this page for information about the event.

Here is a link to the news article in the Sentinel.

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Teaching Yoga book author headshot photo

My yoga teacher Mark Stephens had just published a book called “Teaching Yoga”. What does that got to do with me? I did this headshot used in his book last year! It takes a long time and lots of effort to publish a book. It’s great to be a small part of his book. Mark is a wonderful teacher and person. He also went to UCLA but our paths only crossed in Santa Cruz in the last few years. If you are thinking about getting into yoga, Santa Cruz Yoga is where Mark can be found teaching.