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Eat Retreat, Finger Lakes

Two years ago, I attended the inaugural Eat Retreat, a gathering of 30 or so professionals from across the food industry—chefs, writers, brewers, butchers, photographers, roasters, and so on. Intimated and unsure of what I could contribute to such a talented group, I hid behind my camera all weekend, then published a lengthy photo essay [...]

By | 2016-10-31T21:18:44+00:00 November 14th, 2013|Long Form|Comments Off on Eat Retreat, Finger Lakes

Portrait Session: Sarah Harry

Sarah's grandmother passed down a dress from her time in San Francisco in the 1940s. When she saw it on Sarah at Easter, she asked for a photo, so we set up a portrait shoot as an early Christmas present. Gloomy weather on the day of the shoot pushed us inside Warnors Theater—we walked out [...]

By | 2016-07-18T12:58:53+00:00 November 13th, 2013|Long Form|Comments Off on Portrait Session: Sarah Harry


Looking back through my Instagram feed, it's easy to identify patterns in thought and experiences: An early series of mannequins in store windows came at a time when I was desperate to find a sense of life downtown. Before that, I photographed front yards, exploring how others characterize their personal space within the context of [...]

By | 2016-10-31T21:18:44+00:00 September 16th, 2013|Long Form|Comments Off on Sunny

Uesugi Farms

Uesugi Farms is well known for a seasonal Pumpkin Park just north of Gilroy, California, but the company grows a wide variety of commercial crops. In 2013, the farm opened a market along Highway 25, and commissioned me to document harvest, to show a connection between the food that's sold there and the work being done [...]

By | 2016-07-18T12:58:54+00:00 September 13th, 2013|Clients|Comments Off on Uesugi Farms

Masumoto Peach Adoption

The Masumotos are known to say profound, deeply passionate things about their peaches. But during the family's performance at Saturday's harvest—the family is also known to perform—Nikiko said something that hit a very personal chord, describing an Elberta peach as a way for her to stay connected with her grandmother. I'm fascinated with food as [...]

By | 2016-10-31T21:18:44+00:00 July 30th, 2013|Long Form|Comments Off on Masumoto Peach Adoption

Apprentice Life: Channelle Wiebe

I met Channelle when she worked at the coffee shop next to my office—I remembered her husband Jordan from my time at Fresno Pacific, where I documented his story as student body president. We became good friends over morning coffee, and a few months before that café closed, Channelle told me she was going to [...]

By | 2016-10-31T21:18:44+00:00 April 9th, 2013|Long Form|Comments Off on Apprentice Life: Channelle Wiebe

Series: Fresh

FRESH is an exploration of simplicity and form: local, seasonal produce, photographed in natural light on reclaimed farm wood. The vegetables currently featured were grown on small farms throughout California's Central Valley, including KMK Organic Farms, Thao Farms, River Roots, Vince's Organics, Lone Willow Ranch and Fresno State. The project is a culmination of over seven [...]

By | 2016-10-31T21:18:44+00:00 February 21st, 2013|Series|Comments Off on Series: Fresh

Series: Family

I've been fortunate this year to spend time with family—mine is spread out throughout the country, and since I'm the only one on the west coast, I don't get to see them often. The photos collected here are from two trips back east (to Louisiana and North Carolina) and span from June to December, 2012. [...]

By | 2016-07-18T12:58:54+00:00 February 21st, 2013|Series|Comments Off on Series: Family