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I can’t say enough good things about Swoon, a dessert bar that recently opened here in San Diego. Literally a bar…you sit only a few feet away from the chef and sous chef working their magic to create some of the most incredible food I’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying.

I’ve been really making an effort to kick my butt into gear to get back into the photography game lately, and one of the biggest hangups I’ve had to overcome is just plain laziness about seeking out opportunities. Seeing as waiting around lazily for them to come to me hasn’t worked that well (or at all for that matter), I’ve been brainstorming ideas to pursue. Doing photo “stories” of people and their craft is one of them.

After my first visit to Swoon, I decided to grow a pair and ask if I could do a photo story on the dessert bar. Lucky me…Ian said yes!

They serve a variety of tea, coffee and espresso drinks to enjoy throughout the day and then begin their dessert service at 6pm. Each dessert is meticulously assembled to order by one of the two awesome gents working behind the bar. Ian, the Chef and creator of Swoon is pictured first, and Evan, the sous chef, second. Along with about five or six desserts that Ian seems to be constantly tweaking and perfecting, they also make a couple of savory options. Both of them are pictured below, but the real star of my visits (between both the sweet and the savory) has been the Smoked Salmon Eclair. If I were to choose a food to be romantically involved with…it would be this. Seriously. This is the stuff my inner fat kid’s dreams are made of.

Pictured below are photos of Ian and Evan prepping and plating the food with the utmost care and attention to detail. I had a blast hanging out with and getting to know them while spoiling my taste buds and I couldn’t be happier with how the photos turned out. I’m already looking forward to going back.












I know that this is completely unprecedented for me, but I decided to post another one of my “assisted self portraits” from my trip to Canada last year. Using the same technique as my previously posted photo…I got all my settings and framing worked out and then stuck my camera in the hands of my buddy Jeff, who had hiked up to the waterfalls with me. As you can see from the photo, I was ill-prepared wardrobe-wise for hiking. This year, I plan to be better equipped. At least I was fashionable, which makes for all-around better artsy self-portraits like this.


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It’s kind of a given that anyone with even the slightest bit of shutterbug lurking within them will have their camera out and at the ready for their local fireworks on the Fourth of July. No one can resist trying to get a unique shot of something so fun and beautiful to photograph…and who can blame them?! Imperial Beach, the town I [still] reside in just south of San Diego, had their first firework show this year. They set off the rockets from the pier and everyone gathered on the beach to watch them light up the sky. I’ll admit, it was one of the better shows I’ve seen in my time. I, liked every other camera-wielding individual out there, took quite a few shots of the show, but this one was my favorite.

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This photo is from a batch I took while vacationing with a bunch of my old college friends last year in Florida. One of our friends rented a convertible for the week (best decision ever) and it made me absolutely snap-happy every time we got in the car. This is one of my favorite shots of my friend Don while we were riding around one night.

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I was thinking about Brooklyn tonight. Not so much the place, but the experience of it. My trip up there in September included visits with a number of old friends, the most significant of which is my friend Kevin from high school. It had been years since we’d seen eachother, but as always, it was like we’d never spent a day apart. Two of the three people pictured in the photograph are friends of his (the third…on the left, is Kevin). One, I’ve known for years as well, having met him during Kevin’s freshmen year at Columbia during my first visit to New York City, and the other, I’d just met. The thing that I will always adore about this particular group of friends is the immediate intimacy established as soon as you’re introduced to the group. Whether an old friend or new acquaintance…you’re family.

I don’t know why I’m reminiscing quite as much as I am about them right now. Maybe it’s seeing this photo and remembering the sticky hot day in Brooklyn, sitting on the roof of their old house, sandwiched between high-rise condos. Maybe it’s because I’ve been missing them lately. Or maybe it’s just a random unearthing of the fondness I have towards this group of people. Regardless, I love this photo. Especially how you can just feel the intimacy and love in this moment between the three of them.

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The friends I stayed with in Brooklyn have a wonderful band called Swamp Cat. You should definitely check them out. (Ukulele, spoons, washboard, trumpet, accordion…pure awesomeness.) I was lucky enough to get a chance to attend a show of theirs on my trip to New York City. After the show, a few of us were famished, and what do you do when you’re starving in the middle of the night in New York City? Grab a slice of pizza.

This is my friend Nate outside the pizza place around the corner from the venue.

Fun fact about this photo: this was taken outside the same pizza place I grabbed a shot of from a cab over a year ago…seen here.

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What kind of photographer would I be if I didn’t also include an obligatory shot from one of my many rides on the subway? As with the Brooklyn Bridge, the subway is another cliche shot that I’ll always get if given the chance. The thing that always strikes me about riding the subway is how quiet it is. Everyone is fully engulfed in their own little antisocial world. Whether it’s reading, sleeping or listening to their iPod, each person has their own invisible wall they’ve built to hide behind to avoid interaction with other people. It’s an odd world down there in the rumbling cars of the subway.

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Following my attempt at posting the photos from my trip in chronological order, this photo was taken just after walking off the Brooklyn Bridge. I was still on the bike/walk path on the Brooklyn side and couldn’t resist snapping away at the bikers that passed by. I wish I’d had access to a bike in Brooklyn to ride around, as my city riding has been limited to Philadelphia, but it was nice to see all the bikers out on the hot afternoon.

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I debated about whether I should post this photo or not. It’s not one of my best shots. There are things I would’ve liked to do differently…different angles I might have attempted had I not been eager to go catch my train a few tunnels over, but this is what I managed to snap amid the hustle and bustle of the crowds shuffling through the subways of New York City.

I think my favorite thing about it is that the little boy playing keyboard is black and white and the inanimate people illustrated with tiles are vibrant colors. That, and you can’t help but imagine the crooning coming from that dapper young fellow’s vocal chords with an expression like that on his face.

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