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Action Shots: Nature and People Dancing Together

I grew up in Santa Cruz, California, near the beach, and began my love affair with photography by taking pictures of benches and trees and anything that caught my eye. A friend mentioned that I should add people to my shots, and I realized that I needed people to make the photos come alive.

I invested in another camera and a couple of lenses and started taking pictures of the surfers. It got to be a challenge to anticipate their moves in the water. How could I get that shot with perfect backlighting of the wave or the spray as it hit the board? It’s a little like taking a photo of a ballet dancer interacting with a wave. I spent days on the beach, going back and forth to where there were the best waves. I didn’t care who the people were - beginners or experts - I just wanted the best shots.

For a few years while I lived in Santa Cruz, I was on an outrigger team. Because I loved photographing people in the water so much, it was always was a toss-up whether I would race or take pictures of the race!

You can buy my sports and action photographs on my Fine Art America site here.

Need a Photographer for Your Sports Event?

Hire me to take photos of your surfing, outrigging, football, basketball, or tennis event. Book me for a shoot via email or phone at 831-239-6687. Prices vary according to time and type of event. The session fee includes photos delivered via email or a flash drive mailed to you (touch-up not included). 

If you want other forms of the print from your session, you may choose your own photo sizes and media and purchase them on my Fine Art America site. For example, a greeting card is $4.95; and an 8 x 6 print is $92. You can buy pillows, duvet covers, totes, and many types of prints.

Photo Shoot Locations

Here are just a few of the locations where I’ve photographed surfers and outriggers:

  • Waddell Creek, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz, California
  • The Lane, Santa Cruz, California
  • Murphy’s Bar, Santa Cruz, California
  • Mitchell’s Cove, Santa Cruz, California
  • The Hook, Capitola, California
  • Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, California
  • Santa Cruz Harbor, Santa Cruz, California
  • Huntington Beach, California
  • Monterey Bay, California
  • Sandy’s, Oahu, Hawaii

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