From time to time, Europe is calling. The last trip was open-ended, but Amsterdam won the battle and delivered some fabulous adventures and experiences. Amstel River gave us a sweet moment on our last night of walking Amsterdam. A highly recommended way to get to know the city. Watch out for getting lost, though. The bridges all kind of look the same...
Musical Melting Pot
Local musicians Van Avakian and J.P. Polsoni hooked up with blues guitarist Eric Gales and Living Colour bass player Doug Wimbish in a musical adventure for the DREAM children.
Music for the Children
Living Colour bass player and Wimbash founder Doug Wimbish joined forces with the local charity organization the DREAM Project, to raise funds for the the DREAM Music Program for children. Grammy award winning Living Colour rocked Cabarete Beach with local and international artists and bands during the Wimbash>>Cabarete 2013 event. In the photo: Vernon Reid
I like people. In particular people who make a difference and I am sometimes so fortunate to catch them in their true environment. This is Ron Zauner, one of the heroes out there. Ron took the initiative to help the people of Barrio Blanco, one of the poorest villages in the Dominican Republic. Ron builds houses for those in true need, changing not only their lives, but the community that surrounds them. I am lucky to know Ron and capture him in a quiet moment between the battles.
Behind the Scenes
We don't always get to see what goes on behind those amazing magazine shots. This one is from our road trip in the Dominican Republic, where kite photographer Christian Black and Alex Soto nailed down a sweet series of double page photography that made it to a quite a few magazines around the world.
Cigars, food, clothes or other items that needs publicity. Shooting products is time consuming and tedious work, but so much fun! This one is pure Dominican Culture. Did you know that a cigar passes by approximately 200 hands in production before it hits the shelves.
Passion for Music
I have been a music freak my whole life and also been fortunate to shoot many wonderful artists and bands. Here is one of my favorite jazz musicians; Anthony Jefferson (Jefferson's Faculty) before his final recording of his first solo album "But Beautiful"
Cameron Dietrich is one of the long time pro's and pioneers of wave riding. Also a Cabarete "local", frequently to be seen performing in the bay. This is our "backyard"...
Some moments are magic. Catching them on camera is equally magic. This photo with kiteboarder Aryen Gonzales was supposed to be a head shot session, and then this dog came in just as the sun peaked through the palm tree. It was one of those magic moments.
A Piece of Kiteboarding History
It's a humble feeling when the opportunity comes to be shooting with kiteboarding legends. Dimitri Maramenides from Epic Kiteboarding has set many standards for the sport throughout the years.
Sports Event Photography
Covering events is fun and I get to do a bit of that. It's always a pleasure to spend time watching, learning and catching moments in any kind of event, home in Cabarete or any other place in the world I get to travel.
On the Road Blogging Away
It's a blessing to be able to travel. Even more of a blessing being able to travel to document from the life of kiteboarders. Western Sahara called my name one day, and I hit the road with kiteboarder Nico Suriel. An adventure in the desert of Dakhla, Morocco. A dedicated kiteboarding spot. Click your way into the Blog section to see more.
Opportunities and Community Work
There are opportunities everywhere in life. Sometimes it's hard to see them. Being introduced to all the selfless people who give from themselves and put their time to improve and help others have changed my life. I am humbly grateful for being included in this work. Respect...