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Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival | Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Every winter the beautiful town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado celebrates the snowy season with their annual Winter Carnival.  This was Angela and my first time in Steamboat and we found the city to be very enchanting.  All around I could hear the entire town warmly converse with each other while I walked down the sidewalk in my Sorrels, successful in my attempt to stay warm.  With my camera in one hand and a wonderful latte from Off the Beaten Path to help keep the warmth, we wandered the festivities and found there’s a very good reason why Steamboat is called Ski Town, USA.  Saturday was the day of the Street Slalom and Skijoring competitions right on the main strip:

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Saturday night was the Night Extravaganza which included an impressive fireworks display with skiers going down the runs with an assortment of fireworks shooting off their bodies:

During the grand finale of the Night Extravaganza, the city of Steamboat Springs set off the largest firework ever launched in America, a 500 pound behemoth!  Here’s a video of it going off 1 mile above the mountain tops:

Sunday morning was the Winter Carnival Parade that travels down the main strip of Steamboat.  It was literally the perfect day to celebrate winter:

A very special thank you to Brad, Maria and family of Alan-Bradley Windows and Doors for hosting us for the celebration.

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The Aviators | Personal Project

While I’m sure there’s a lot going on in the mind of a baby, I can’t claim to remember a single moment from that time in my life. My childhood memories, however, are crystal clear and almost completely revolve around aircraft and flying. If I hadn’t been blessed with bad eyesight, I would have joined the ranks of Maverick, Iceman, Chappy Sinclair and Doug Masters as an ace fighter jet pilot slipping the surly bonds of earth and dancing on laughter-silvered wings. There was literally nothing of greater importance to me than flying. I remember being enveloped by awe when my father Jim told stories from his days traveling the globe as a loadmaster on a C-130 Hercules in the Air Force while he drove me to the Experimental Aircraft Association and to the end of the local airport’s runway to watch planes land and take off. It was through my father that I met his co-worker Mark and his father Ken Corbett. Ken was a pilot for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Lunda Construction.

My parents tell me that when I was a baby they loaded me and my sister Sara on a MD80 jetliner to fly from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to Kansas City, Kansas, to visit my mother Vickie’s family in Marquette and Wilson, Kansas. As stated I was too young to remember it and I don’t consider that my first flight. Since memories are the very core of our existence, my first flight happened because of Ken Corbett when I was 10 years old in his Cessna 185 Skywagon II. Taxiing down the taxiway at Oshkosh’s Wittman Airport the day of my first flight, sitting in the co-pilot seat, feeling more anticipation than I’d ever felt is a moment I’ll never forget and continues to influence everything I am as a person. A lot happened in my mind as we bounced and jostled toward the runway. I was so overwhelmed that I almost re-live that moment more clearly in my thoughts than when I was actually there! Ken’s hands gently gripped the controls. I looked up and saw the sun dancing through the distorted plexiglass, illuminating his beautifully weathered face while he radioed the tower for clearance to take off. I remember the smell of decades of flight that the old Skywagon had been through as Ken pushed the throttle to full and we lunged forward down the runway. The world around me was squeaking, jumping, jostling, vibrating and shaking until Ken pulled the wheel back and suddenly the world went smooth and silent as we soared upwards toward heaven.

It was such an honor to be able to visit my hometown recently of Oshkosh, Wisconsin to photograph Ken and Mark together with their aircraft. The Cessna 185 Skywagon II on the left is the very plane that took me for my first flight.  Mark’s Champion Citabria is on the right.

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Hawaii Beauty Photo Session

Had a wonderful beauty photoshoot on the Hawaiian island of Oahu at Lanikai Beach near Kailua.  Here’s one of my favorite photographs from the session:

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Inked Magazine | Albuquerque Photographer | Santa Fe Photographer | Taos Photographer

Here’s the PDF’s of a recent shoot I did for Inked Magazine in Albuquerque, New Mexico of Route 66 Fine Line Tattoo.  Please note I photographed the group portrait and interior images.

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Downtown Los Angeles

There are two things I love:  Skyscrapers and beautiful light.  Here’s a photograph of Los Angeles as seen from Pershing Square.  This might be a new series in the making…

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