Sunday, April 26, 2009

Tooting my own horn

Click here to see the feature on my work in Jettygirl, an online surf magazine. Editor Chris Grant did an incredible job on this and I am so thrilled with the way it came out. Thank you so much Chris!

I would also like to thank the women who took the time to respond to Chris's questions about working with me; I am really touched by the responses. It's been such a pleasure working on this project. And last but not least, thank you Steph for letting Jettygirl use the photo you took of me. See Stephanie's work here.

Hopefully this is just the beginning of many venues where I'll have the opportunity to get this project out there.

Toot toot!

Friday, April 24, 2009

here fishy, fishy, fishy

a couple of images from my recent shoot with my friend Cher.

i don't want to ramble on about this too long so i'll just be brief and say Cher is truly a living legend and i enjoyed my time photographing her and listening to her stories more than i can say in a blog post. we shot on a day that was even too cloudy for my taste, so more images and photo shoots with Cher are soon to come.

i'm not crazy about these pictures but these boards have an incredible history that i had to show you. i'm afraid i'll get things wrong if i go too much into detail (my memory is poor to fair at best), but i'll try to sum it up:

the board in the middle was one of the first fish ever shaped (it's a Lis for those of you that follow shaping) and cher was one of the - if not THE - first women to surf a fish. i believe it was made in 1969, and it is the board in this picture. It was originally intended to be a kneeboard.

the board on the left was shaped by Cher and her friend pretty soon after Lis's fish; you don't hear about too many women shapers from those days! Sweet.

the other two boards are special for sentimental reasons: Cher's husband Steve shaped her the Garibaldi board for a special occasion, and the balsa board was shaped by a group of friends over 10 days in Hawaii. It's called the Firecracker because it caught on fire in the shaping room, and survived.

Cher is an author and also a very talented artist. See more here.

You can learn more about Steve's innovative surfboards here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

capturing...being captured

another writing entry for my book, this time from my friend Jeannette... these submissions i'm receiveing are so insightful, inspiring and fun to read! i hope that when this all comes together viewers/readers will be introduced to a side of surfing they've never seen before.

Monday, April 20, 2009


mari and i were introduced by our mutual friend chris. mari is one of the sweetest people i have had the pleasure to be around. she's extremely positive, genuine, caring, and easy to talk to. all great qualities in a photo subject.

what's with the horse, you ask? well, not only does marissa surf competitively, she also competes in the rodeo arena!

i think the portraits with the horse are too far removed from surfing to work with sirens as they are, but maybe they'll work when accompanied by marissa's words. for now, i am pretty stoked on the first portrait - i think it's successful in showing the softer side of surfing i've been trying to capture and i like that it is a more formal portrait than some others i have taken.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

lovely lulu

lulu is a 13 year old ripper: she is incredibly talented, and also incredibly sweet. we had a great photo session over the weekend in dana point. when she's not surfing, lulu likes to draw and knit.

narrowing these down to just one will be tough.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

here's what i'm thinking

i've been wanting to incorporate text with these images. i think written words from the people i'm photographing will enhance the story i'm telling with the pictures, and make the project has a whole more personal and hopefully, intriguing to people in and out of the surf world. i've asked each woman to answer a few questions - andrea was the first to get hers back to me (thanks andrea!!!).

above is how i envision it will look in my published book. i think for my website, i'll put the text underneath the images, but we'll see as i start to collect more. this is only the beginning....

Friday, April 3, 2009

rest here: II

some images from a project i'm working on as time allows and opportunities present themselves.

Rest Area #30, Highway 101 northbound , mile marker 46.
South of the Gaviota Tunnel.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

who is she?

i'd really like to find this grommette if anyone knows who she is. this was the first picture that inspired my idea for Sirens. i'd like to at least find out her name, but also do a mini-interview (i'm starting to incorporate text into this project, trying to collect stories from each person i've photographed) and hopefully make some more pictures.

i'd be oh-so-grateful if anyone can tell me about this little ripper. this photo was made in the Pipes parking lot in August of 2007. i know she had sisters and was with her dad.