Friday, December 30, 2011

Back in Oregon

Last week I drove back to Bend, Oregon to continue photographing the story about Liliana and her family. Liliana was deported to Mexico in September and left her three American-born children living with their grandmother in Oregon. The changes have been hard for the family, and they're finding a way to move forward.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Deportations tear some families apart for USA Today

A story I started while interning at The Oregonian was picked up by USA Today. You can check it out by clicking on the screenshot above. It was great to work with reporter William Welch. He did a fine job on the words. He shares the story and critiques the issue. It's worth your time. Also, there's a gallery with more images. If you're wanting to click through more click HERE. I'm grateful for Liliana and her family letting me in to tell their story.

Monday, November 28, 2011

A's Michael Taylor for the SF Chronicle

Had a fun day shooting for the San Francisco Chronicle the other day. I was trailing tall-man, Michael Taylor for a day while he interned at the Radio Station, KNBR. More photographs can be found HERE.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Parade dancing down 24th Street in San Francisco celebrating Day of the Dead. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Grants for the Arts for the San Francisco Chronicle

The last week I was in Tijuana photographing Liliana Ramos. She was deported in September, and was forced to leave her 3 kids in Bend, Oregon. I started photographing Liliana over the summer, when she was still together with her family. It's been hard for her in Tijuana, she's without her family and has not had luck finding a job. When I crossed the border into the US late last night I felt the 50 foot stretch of land between Mexico-US easy for me to dance between. yet, it's so hard for others.

The story was picked up by USA Today, so a writer William M. Welch met me across the border. I was happy to see that this story, representing many similar stories, will get exposure.

While I was away, another assignment I shot for the Chronicle was published. Click, click on the web page screenshot above to take you to the article.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Distinctively in Esquire, Russia

Esquire, Russia, printed Distinctively. I'm happy to see it get some exposure. They put the images on their blog too. Click the picture to take you to the spot.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Occupy Oakland

Sega Jackson (above) joins protesters standing outside the police barricade in front of Frank H Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland on October 25, 2011. Jackson had been sleeping in the encampment until police in riot gear evicted her and other Occupy Oakland protesters early Tuesday Morning. Oakland police say they arrested 75 people while clearing the protest that had grown into an encampment with dozens of tents.

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Distinctively was featured on Lenscratch, a blog that showcases different photographer's and their projects. The blog is run by Aline Smithson. She writes some nice words and gives a run of the story. Click on the picture below and you'll be taken to Lenscratch.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

6 signs of the changing times in South of Market for the San Francisco Chronicle

Last week I photographed my first assignment for the San Francisco Chronicle. It felt good getting out there and making photographs for a publication. John King wrote the column, and it's really good. It was printed yesterday, I was really stoked. Click on the screen-shot below to read the full article, and look at the other photographs.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Animal heads, prized on a wall at Foster's Bighorn. Rio Vista, California.

Monday, October 3, 2011


It's been a little more than a week since Liliana Ramos drove herself out of the United States. Leaving her children behind, she was deported on September 24. She's now in Tijuana. Waiting to return to Bend. Return to her kids. Return to the life she had lived for 21 years.

In the photography Liliana, on the right, has just been told she has to leave the country. She stands, telling her Church friends what was said during the meeting with her immigration officer.

I want to continue working on the story. Get myself to Tijuana to be with Liliana. Get myself back to Bend to see how her kids are moving along in the new direction, without their mom.

If you want to read more, THIS story from the New York Times is worth a read.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The resourceful website

A good friend and classmate, Matthew Craig, created a website displaying my work for a class project. The website is in the direction many of us photographers should venture towards for our stories or projects. Instead of clicking through a set number of images on a portfolio site, someone can go to a site like this and access a more encompassing amount of information.

The website that Matt made contains a tab where you can click through the photo story Distinctively; a story about a family raising identical twins, one of which was born with Down syndrome. In another tab you can find resources; a place for parents, for people to gain background information about Down syndrome and also how to get involved.

Anyhow, it's a really sweet site. And, not because it's my work. I'd like to get into making websites like this for the stories I'm working on. I hope to see others do this as well. Stories are vehicles to talk about issues, so it only makes sense to create a site that allows people to maximize what they can learn.

Below is a screenshot of what you'll find when you click HERE to access the website. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Last day at The O

It's been better than I expected working as an intern at The Oregonian. I feel really positive about the time spent here--the people I met, the conversations had, the stories I've worked on, and the improvements my photography.

Posting a few images (and the related story) that make me smile.
A video from this assignment, for the above and below image, click HERE. Story, click HERE.
 Video for the below image, click HERE.

Saturday, August 20, 2011


I've been working on a story in Bend, Oregon--A mother relocated to Oregon from Mexico, and has spent the majority of her life in the United States. She's undocumented and will be deported in September. Her three children that were born in Oregon will remain, and wait for her mother to return. Her hope is to return in two years, when her oldest is 21 and will facilitate the process of her citizenship.

This image is of her and her 11-year-old daughter's grasp.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Words and pictures

I was given an opportunity to write for a story that I photographed. The text can be viewed by clicking HERE.

The assignment was one of the sweeter ones. It was a gathering of friends to watch a film in Bill Keene's backyard. People indulged, for an evening, in the simple pleasures of life. Picnic blankets, warm summer evenings, dessert, family and, certainly, friends.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


It's always a boost to see a photograph I made representing a cover story. Here's what a couple looked like, with the story linked, of course.
 The story is available to read if you click here.

 The story is here.