Before January, it had been some years since I’d seen the shores of California. Having called LA and Orange Country home for a time during and after university, I always knew I needed to get back one of these days. Not so much for the traffic or the prices, but definitely for the vibe and weather (which was actually quite a bit cooler than I remembered!) Between a few days in Tokyo, and a trip to the Midwest to see my family, it proved the perfect stop to break up the flights, and catch up with old friends from Vietnam.
These images, viewed through a bit of a minimalist vibe at times, are just a few of the scenes that crossed my eyes and I thought warranted a capture while we explored the beautiful beaches of San Diego and the vibrant boardwalks of LA.
That’s pretty much it! I won’t bog down this post with too many words, so just have a look and hopefully you enjoy the images as much as I did.
Moonlight Beach, San Diego
Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier
Venice Beach Boardwalk
Until next time I cross the ocean (which won’t be too long I doubt)…
From many different assignments, projects and travels, to the birth of my first child, 2018 has been busy and eventful to say the least! If you have a few minutes, take a little stroll down memory lane with me through my year in some of my favorite images.
Saigon Photography Tours
As some may know, for the past few years I’ve been running photography tours in Saigon when I’m not away on assignment. This year I have to say has been the busiest and best, so a big thank you to all who joined! In some 40 tours over the course of year, I’ve captured way more images that I could share without boring the crap out of you, but here are a few of my favorites.
A quick side note on tours while we’re here, if you find yourself in Hoi An, be sure to do a tour with my good friends at Hoi An Photo Tour.
And if you’re up for a longer romp through Myanmar this fall, I’ll also be co-leading a 10 day tour with Pics of Asia. I’ll look forward to meeting you on one or the other!
Central Vietnam Photo Tour
With Pics Of Asia
Speaking of Pics of Asia above, I also partner with them every spring to run a 3 day photography tour through central Vietnam, and it’s always a highlight of my year. Here are a few of my favorite shots from this years trip. Be sure to check our their list of extended tours and come join us on one sometime!
Typically a few times a year, I get an inquiry about shoots for personal or family portraits. I always enjoy getting to know the people, and working with them to create the kinds of images they’re looking for, but that also fit a style I like to work in. If you may need some shots to update your profiles for the coming year, just let me know!
For about two years now, I’ve been exploring Saigon with my camera through photo tours I starting running via Saigon School of Imaging, along with some other photography and editing workshops. The tours started out with a random email one day, asking if I could organize a photo tour for a group of Americans in Saigon on a birthday trip. After some thinking and arranging, coming up with costs etc, we made it happen, and had a blast! This same thing happened another time or two in the following months, where I’d have to explain in each email the details and all, so I finally added all the info to my site to offer as a product, and as they say, if you build it, they will come!
On some 40 tours since last year, I’ve had the chance to meet many great people, if only briefly at least, spend a nice morning out chatting and shooting the city I’ve called home for almost twelve years now.
Recently, after having tours every Friday in September (with multiple bookings for each even!) I finally realized I had a great number of captures that were gathering digital dust on my hardrives. I’ve shared a few through @saigonphototours Instagram account, but just don’t have the space for a large collection of images there. So, here we go with the first part of an extended blog series!
Over a number of upcoming posts, divided into districts as the city is (for no other reason that organizational efficiency and ease on my part :), I’ll share a fairly liberal collection of some of my favorite images from different parts of the city that my tours visit.
This is an ode to Saigon, in all it’s visual glory, chaos and flaws, and to the people who inhabit it that have crossed my lens, and responded to a foreigner with camera aimed at them, either with a bursting friendly greeting, or implicit permission to capture what I see.
More districts will follow as I have time to get something put together. Stay tuned!
If you find yourself in Saigon one of these days, or if you live here all the time and want join a tour, just give me a shout!
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