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Lighthouses of RI // Lessons in Composition

I recently had the privilege of hosting my first photography tour through Local Captures, a platform built on connecting photographers and photography enthusiasts for tours and workshops throughout New England.  Local Captures focuses on utilizing tour guides with local knowledge to help travelers (and locals) make the most of new locations, while gaining confidence and technique for their photography.

My tour covers the Lighthouses of Southern Rhode Island, with the option for tackling 4 locations in an afternoon, or a more technical workshop of just 2 locations with advanced discussions on technique and composition.  Jim Schubert was my first student, and he opted for the more advanced tour so we tackled Beavertail and Castle Hill in a 4 hour workshop.  Read more about Jim's experience through his Local Captures testimonial.

It was mid-afternoon when we got underway at Beavertail Lighthouse.  The sun was out, there wasn't a cloud in the sky, and the temperature was just rig…

Partner Yoga // Jessie & Erica

They say we are more likely to reach our fitness goals when we bring along a friend.  I know personally I'm much more likely to be active when I have someone to join me.  And while yoga is about spirit as much as it is about a healthy active lifestyle, having a friend can help bring your practice to a new level!
While I've been exploring yoga photography, I had the concept of partner yoga.  Not necessarily acroyoga with elevated acrobatic poses of superior strength and balance, but just the concept of yoga with a friend through a combination of assisted and mirrored poses.
Jessie has been my yogi model for several photoshoots now, and she suggested bringing her friend Erica along for this shoot.  We met up at Third Beach in Newport for a sunset session edging towards dusk, and just started to play in the sand!
While we started with a slow warm up and vinyasa, we moved through basic seated poses and bends to create beautiful shapes and space, while attempting some advanced ass…

Wickford Regatta 2017

​The Wickford Regatta has been hosted annually by Wickford Yacht Club in the spirit of early-season one-design fun!  This year's classes included Lasers, Club 420, International 420, F18 catamarans, 505s, J/22s, and new this year were 29ers.  Both days were well into the 80s and low 90s, but we were blessed with beautiful breeze all weekend.  Racing kicked off on Day 1 around noon, with Alpha Circle running trapezoid courses for the Lasers and 420s.  Bravo Circle was built for the bigger and faster boats, running Windward-Leeward races of various lengths to compensate for the size and speed differences ranging from the 29ers to the F18s.  Earlier on in the day the wind was at a steady 15 knots with gusts near 20 knots until it tapered off ever so slightly later in the day. The second day of racing was forecasted to be even hotter, with a small craft advisory expected around 2pm, but I think the meteorologists had it backwards.  It was still sunny, hot, and windy, but not quite as…

Morning Fitness with Evelyn

We finally had a break in the cloudy springtime weather!  Evelyn and I had been trying to get together for a sunny fitness shoot for almost a month since April.  We had some beautiful weather but then clouds and rain moved in for the better part of two weeks – until a few days ago.  It was the perfect time to get together for an early sunrise session at Second Beach in Newport!

This shoot was for fun.  I've known Evelyn since college, and she's now a fitness and trainer, so when I thought of doing a fitness shoot she was the first person I called.  The concept was an warm and sunny bodyweight workout on the beach, full of lunges, pushups, burpees, plyometric moves, core work, and some stretches to cool down.  It was cool and rather windy but within the first twenty minutes Evelyn was working hard enough to shed the layers and work it to the max!  It was so much fun, we're already thinking ahead to another shoot!  What concept should we do for the next one?


Golden Hour Yoga

Outdoor photography can be a tricky thing, mostly from it's identifying feature:  the outdoors.  It can be hard enough to find the time to do a shoot, add in other people's schedules, unexpected weather, and it can be downright difficult to get that perfect shot!
A couple months ago I planned an outdoor yoga shoot with my new model friend, Amy.  We were planning on photographing in the snow in Bristol.  It was late in the afternoon, rather cool still, but we weren't getting the shots we wanted.  The sun was sinking lower, but was keeping everything a tolerable temperature, and then it started to turn golden.  It was that time of day when everything looks magicall!  We found the best spot facing southwest with water in the background, and utilized every last minute of sunlight we could!  It felt like we were photographing in the summer, even though it was technically the last few days of winter.  Amy was a trooper and these are perhaps my favorite yoga photos to date!

Rhode Trip // NoCal // Last Day

We woke up in Gualala for our last day on the road. It would take most of the day for us to drive back south to Alameda, so we planned to break up the drive along Highway 1 with stops at Point Arena Lighthouse and Headlands, Schooner Gulch, and Salt Point State Park.
It was a chilly morning, but we were packed and on the road by 9am.  The sun was out and shining, a beautiful way to end our week on the road!  Within an hour we were at Point Arena Lighthouse, and took another hour to explore the Headlands.

Destination:  Point Arena
Trail:  Headlands Trial
1 mile

After a quick view of the lighthouse, we explored the headlands trail.  It was a large expanse of relatively flat ground, and appeared to be a cattle pasture, with hoof prints in the soft mud.  The grass was short and the sun was becoming hot, providing us with an entirely different landscape than we had experienced all week!  The pasture walk took us to the rim of the bluffs, where we watched the wave action and erosion at work.…

Rhode Trip // NoCal // Day 4–5

It rained a lot over night.  Probably more than 1".  When we checked the weather report, the winds had peaked at 50mph gusts, and we were so glad we didn't drown in our tent overnight.  We were in the hotel in Fortuna, just outside Eureka, and while the forecast was for more rain and wind, there were breaks in the storm as it moved in bands up the coast.  We took the opportunity to drive about half an hour north to explore Trinidad.

Destination:  Trinidad
Trail:  Trinidad Lighthouse Trail
1 mile

Trinidad was a cozy little town nestled on the side of a hill, with a small harbor below full of fishing boats bucking in the wind and waves.  One side of the harbor is protected from a prominent rocky hill, with Trinidad Lighthouse facing the open ocean.  We hiked up the hill under cover of gray clouds and strong winds, reaching the top for a great 360° view of the coast.  It really wasn't much of a lighthouse trail since the light was buried in brush off the path, but it was a nice…