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Alaska

Kestrel and I recently got to go visit her brother in Alaska. I have never been before, It is always fun to travel to new places. Alaska did not disappoint. 

I still have a big time trip hangover. Its been a month since we got back from Alaska and all I can still think about is going back. That place was serious photography and nature overload.

Check out a few of the photos and some video shot during that trip...

For the full gallery of photos from the trip click here...

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Khordz Mugs Lookbook Shoot

I recently collabored with Khordz Handmade Mugs this spring for their website and social media imagery. They have a great message and amazing product! We take our mugs everywhere.

They were fantastic to work with. We hand picked four locations for the day and moved systematically throughout to achieve the lifestyle look that suited Khordz the best. Check out their site and grab a mug.

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Location Scout

We have an exciting shoot for a new brand next week! 

My girlfriend Kestrel and I are teaming up forces under our Falcon Related agency to produce a lookbook for Vesta Studio "Sustainable Womenswear."

We wanted to find a unique place to shoot the outside/lifestyle part. Our client wanted a jungle feel. Dang this is San Diego, a desert, where are we going to find that on a limited budget? After searching around town we made our way to Palm Canyon in Balboa Park and bam! we knew that was the place.  

Here are a few of our scout photos for the location section of the shoot. Minimally produced and processed. 

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Holiday

I went out to Wisconsin to visit with Kestrels family for the Christmas Holiday this year. Although its darn cold there are always plenty of things to do.

From hiking nearby bluffs, spending time with family, shoveling snow in the driveway, eating way to much, to ice fishing, we made the best of our time. 

Cheers to all those we saw while we were out there.

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New Camera

I go a long time between upgrading cameras. Once you really figure out a camera and how it shoots, making photos can become such a seamless, beautiful dance. 

For the last year, I primarily shot with the Canon 5d Mark iii. The Canon 5d ii always hung in the bag, ready to back me up in case anything happened to the iii. I recently sold the ii to a good friend and I know he will cherish and take care of that thing. It's still a solid camera.

Today, we got the Sony A7R ii via B & H. It took a long time to warm up to the idea of switching to a mirrorless camera and I am super excited to see what this thing produces. Saddle up and watch!

It may take some time before it becomes a main shooter. I will tag camera info with my social media posts moving forward; keep an eye on my hashtags.

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Cuba

Last year, Kestrel and I visited Cuba. It was one of the most amazing places I have ever been to. We met the most hospitable, humble and fun people and saw the most gorgeous pristine lands. Everyone we talked to along the way shared their questioning of what Cuba would look like without Fidel Castro.

Everywhere you went in the country, there were political signs that made you feel like Castro was right there with you. 

I pulled some of my favorite photos from the trip. If you want to visually take a trip to Cuba, scroll below. Stories that accompany the photos were written by Kestrel. 

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Channel Islands Sail

The other week Kestrel and I went out to the Channel Islands to meet some friends. We took the Island Packers boat out of Ventura which dropped us off at one of the anchorages. Thankfully our friends were right there waiting for us. 

We hiked, learned, saw some history and made a great dinner. The next day we pulled up the anchor and packed out, heading back to Oxnard Harbor. The amount of sealife we saw in the channel was unbelievable. 

This video was shot during our brief stay. 

 

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New Years Wedding

 I got to shoot a fun location wedding at Sunset Cliffs on the 1st of January. Jordan and Remmy chose to have a small and intimate ceremony and only had a few family members in attendance.  What a great way to bring in a new year! 

 

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July Photo show in North PB

Super stoked to be showing some work at Turquoise Cellars in North Pacific Beach for the month of July. We just put everything up yesterday evening and it looks pretty darn good. I spend the last week or so toiling over the design and build of some custom frames I thought up, come by and see how they turned out. 

In the show are a few new photographs along with some standing classics.

Stop by after a surf for a coffee, a wine or beer. Hope you get the chance to make it down there!  

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San Diego County MPAs and Girl Scouts

I got to roam around the beach down in Imperial Beach with Girl Scout Troop 5912 of San Yisidro. They were conducting surveys on beach usage and having impromptu cleanups up and down the beach. Inspiring group of young girls. It's great to see them doing such positive stuff. 

Click on the link to read the story on the WildCoast Blog and see more photos. 

http://thewildcoastblog.com/2015/06/22/marine-protected-area-watch-training-with-the-san-ysidro-girl-scouts/


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International Surfing Day

Happy International Surfing Day! Go out and get some no matter what. Its an exciting way to spend time in the outdoors. Don't just appreciate it today, revel in it as much as possible.

 

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7 Ways

Cool article on Wildfire.life about '7 ways you can be more fashion friendly' featuring a photo I shot for Kevala

The photo was taken during a video shoot we did promoting the Kevala brand and their mission to help 50 different non-profit organizations. The video was released at a party they hosted in La Jolla but it not yet shareable via the web. Look out for that video on their socials and a future blog post of mine. 

https://wildfire.life/7-ways-you-can-be-more-fashion-eco-friendly/

 

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Culture Brewery- Artist reception show

We were so humbled and stoked at the turn out for our reception at Culture Brewery in Ocean Beach. So many fantastic friends came out to support and talk story last night. The kind folks at Culture have been great to us and their beer is ridiculously delicious! 

Super excited to be hosting another 5 nights at the tasting room in OB throughout the month. Take at look at the flyer for dates and times. So many great companies are going to be there. We would love to have you come by and learn about them and their causes. 

Click here for photos from the show


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Video: With the Sea in Mind

Fun Video from yet another recent trip to Baja. A collaboration between the Be Kind Vibes and myself. We show a quick surf session and beach cleanup. Featured on www.theinertia.com.

"Matt Hickey and Drew McGill score some fun surf on a day trip in Baja. Uncrowded point on MLK Day 2015. After surfing they take some time to walk around and pick up a few pieces of trash and say 'hi' to the local dogs. 

::We shot this quick video on a day trip to Mexico. It was super windy and we almost didn't even film. The surf was empty and we knew that if we didn't get any footage we would regret it. By the time we started filming there was absolutely nobody in the water; switching off filming and getting waves we kept an eye out for set waves and any sign of danger in the water. Most of the time after a session at home or while visiting a new spot we try and pick up a few pieces of trash around the immediate area, leaving the spot a little bit more pristine than when we arrived. The locals down there are all good vibes and after a few tacos and a beer we packed up and headed for the border::"

 

http://www.theinertia.com/surf/with-the-sea-in-mind/

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Two days into the year... Two different countries...

On Thursday I took a day trip on a whim and ended up south of Rosarito. We filled up with tacos at a favorite spot and headed down to the beach for a stroll with some beers and looked at the surf. It was nice to feel the free air and think about how early in the year it was and what lies ahead. Only the second day of the year and I had already experienced the sunset in two different countries...  

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Bringing in the New Year

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Bringing in the New Year

How do you want to bring in the new year and what do you want to do? Good questions... Endless answers. 

Last year I took a job to photograph a huge production of a party in Pacific Beach. Not really my style, even then. I struggled to finish shooting through till midnight, almost convincing myself multiple times to leave the scene early. In true form I stayed through and left almost immediatly after I got the 'money' mid-night shot. I vowed not to do that again unless the money was too good to turn down. 

Fast forward one year and I wanted nothing to do with a new year's party of that magnitude.

Camping sounded like a good way to bring on 2015. So, we got a group of friends together and went camping. Nothing like a start to a new year than truly connecting with nature. 

Posted are some images from last year and a few from this year. 

Here is to a New Year! 

Dance moves. 

Dance moves. 

A look at the crowd from the main dance hall. 

A look at the crowd from the main dance hall. 

Conversations around the fire and a private meeting in the van. This is where ideas are sprung, even though it was in the 30s that night. 

Conversations around the fire and a private meeting in the van. This is where ideas are sprung, even though it was in the 30s that night. 

Everyone kept really close to the fire, intrigued with ideas. 

Everyone kept really close to the fire, intrigued with ideas. 

Star trails galore. At one point me and another guy walked down into a riverbed, it felt like our hands were going to freeze off as we gathered extra wood for the fire. That mission didn't last too long.

Star trails galore. At one point me and another guy walked down into a riverbed, it felt like our hands were going to freeze off as we gathered extra wood for the fire. That mission didn't last too long.

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