The City of Angels, from the Hollywood Bowl Overlook. No place to park, I lugged my equipment a mile up Mulholland, hugging the guard rail as cars flew by me on blind curves. An invigorating LA adventure, and quite worth it.
I grew up in West Virginia thinking that LA was the promised land. I even studied maps so thoroughly as a child that by the time I first visited at age 27, I already knew my way around. That kind of adulation seems like a recipe for disappointment, but LA somehow met my lofty expectations. Been visiting regularly ever since.
That first trip to San Francisco was not what I expected. It was chilly (in July!), it was hilly and everyone seemed different. Every corner had a market and every hilltop had a vista. It was OK to paint your house purple, and it was OK to be yourself. I felt at home there, and it’s still one of my favorite places. Looking at this recent image, I can still feel the sun on my face on a perfect 60 degree fall day. Pure gold.
The sun may go down in Venice Beach, but it never gets less colorful.
Pyramid & Palms
A smoky day in the city, rendered in teal.
A portrait of my son on his college graduation day. Of course the cap & gown symbolize the education he received. But at Tulane you also receive a second line wedding umbrella with fringe, to symbolize the part of your life you just spent in the most unique & eclectic city in America. The impact of that experience may be just as profound. Regardless, I’ve never been more proud.
Sometimes you just have to go back to your hometown & lie on your belly in the grass for an hour while the sun sets through a huge American flag.
Been spending regular time in my hometown of Huntington, WV lately. Reconnecting with your roots is a good thing. #MyHuntington
They went for a perfectly nice walk, but something came between them.
Captured at Gasworks Park in Seattle.
My daughter Karli is my favorite photographer and my favorite subject. Captured here at SoBou in the Quarter, Nola. #minibunsforthewin
Got off the plane to a snowy and grey February day... first winter trip to the city. But right around golden hour the sky cleared and filled with color. A brisk, beautiful moment. Welcome to NYC.
Apparently someone put a swing on top of San Francisco.
She had her own canopy. But as usual, the sun found her anyway.
It’s so quiet at the top, yet there’s constant movement below. I lived here on Mt. Washington for a year during college. Even at 22 I never took this view for granted, and with Pittsburgh weather it rarely looked the same 2 days in a row. I rode the 100-year-old Duquesne Incline down the mountain every morning and back up again each afternoon. This is the view from the top. I don’t get back there much anymore, but when I do, it still captivates me for hours.
I sat for almost an hour on the SF side waiting for the fog to clear for one last picture, and it just wouldn’t leave. When a cyclist arrived from the other side, I happened to ask if it’s all fogged in there too. He said nope, other side is clear. I raced over to the Marin Headlands and sure enough, half the bridge was basking in the sun. Suddenly so was I.
On the Rocks
You go to SF with a list of photos you want. That part is predictable, and that’s why I climbed down the rocks near the Golden Gate. But serendipity happens when you find the perfect couple already down there. Cue the golden light.
Dave Amato, Former Eagle Don Felder (who co-wrote Hotel California) & Tommy Shaw of Styx close out Hotel California at a recent concert in Huntington. I’m looking for opportunities to shoot more classic concerts.
Swirls & Rays
Got off the plane at LAX and headed straight for the beach. I hoped for a typically nice day, but this painted sky was an added bonus. I stood on that beach and watched as the sun dropped and the clouds got creative in the final hour of light. A moment of beauty & gratitude… for me, LA rarely disappoints.
Full family of institutional logos for Marshall University, including athletics, fundraising campaign, and We Are Marshall, which became a motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey. #GoHerd
Symbol for the 10th Annual Pigroast at Wilcox Farm. This logo was featured in PRINT’s Regional Design Annual.
Logo Designs for Help Heal Humanity, a charitable organization that started as the Haiti School Building Project, and is growing to a larger mission. They selected #2, where the m creates the heart. HHH is the vision/work of Serena Bufalino (aka Wonder Woman), who I met through Instagram. I was thrilled to be able to partner with her and make this small contribution to her efforts.
Logo for a community of luxury homes near Lake Norman in Greater Charlotte.
Branding, ads, environmental & marketing graphics for Classica Homes. (design only on these samples, photography by Metropolis & Serena Apostal)
Promo design for an evening with Andy Tennille, the tour photographer for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (photo by Andy Tennille). I was fortunate enough to see one of the final Tom Petty concerts at the Hollywood Bowl right before his death. In fact, in the LA image above, you can see the crowd filling in for his last concert at bottom right.
Neighborhood sitemap created from developer’s plat maps & landscaping plans; Neighborhood Points of Interest map showing nearby conveniences & amenities.
Ads, menu, environmental & marketing graphics for R&R BBQ. As you can see, R&R is North Carolina’s State Food.