I'm a 2015 Word in Focus winner

Very excited to announce that my photo above was chosen as a winner in the 2015 World in Focus competition. It's an honor to be among some of these photographers. Take a second to look through the other winners work. You won't be disappointed.

I snapped this photo during took a walk I took down the beach on the last day of a trip to Playa de Carmen in 2014. Most of the beachfront is taken over by resorts and hotels, but the locals have held on to a small strand where fresh water empties into a shallow cove. Little kids splash around in the brackish water, vendors sell grilled meats and vegetables on sticks, and older men, sitting with their feet in the water, drink Sol of out small bottles. I walked around making pictures, stretching my Spanish far beyond its limits, and marking how slowly the sun eased into the horizon. I saw the boy jumping from a little ways off and slowly made my way up, timing it so I'd be close by when he jumped again. I didn't think too much of it until I got back and saw it on my computer. Love those kinds of surprises. 

Selects: Stevie, Alex, Matt

I spent the weekend shooting the Milledgeville Film Festival, and this shoot came together at lunch about midway through the weekend. Everyone retired to the Antebellum Inn for refreshments, and the mood had hit a sort of lull. People talked quietly in the quiet rooms and sipped something cool from small plastic cups. Outside, fragrant air swirled around warm spring blooms, and a driver rolled down their window to let the heavy air blow through the cab. 

In the house, someone said let's go ride bikes, and we all went outside to ride. I went to take pictures. At some point Stevie crossed underneath a tree and looked beautiful, sun-dappled in front of some red flowers in bloom, and I said wait wait, let me take your picture, and so she waited and I made a few frames. Then, just like that, Alex said can you take one of me too? and then Matt said yeah, me too. I'd never had someone ask me to take their photo, so I said yes yes, of course. Then they wanted to all get in the photo together, and I was going to have the bike in it too because the cyan popped against the greens and reds and browns and it even matched parts of Stevie's dress. So we made those photos, and it was fun to shoot with friends in the warm fragrant air, just to have fun, but we were hot so we went inside to shoot more because it was cooler in there. Matt pretended to play the piano, and I had Stevie and Alex sit on the couch and look at me in the mirror so I could shoot them too.

Matt went against the window, and I shot him there, and Stevie said what if I go outside against the window and I said yeah that will be good and Alex, should I go too and yeah you go too, so she went and we made pictures and had our fun in the middle of the the weekend of making connections and watching films in auditoriums with the lights off.  

Selects: Lockerly Arboretum

I signed on with Lockerly Arboretum in Milledgeville to produce a collection of shots for a new brochure they're putting out. Loved being out there, some beautiful light to be found. Paved and unpaved walking trails weave through the 50 acres of property and go right through the coniferous tree sanctuary and by some beautiful Japanese maples. Lockerly Hall, the big white house in the pictures above, is open for visitors and on par with some of the larger restoration projects – even with a smaller staff. Hike, bike, picnic, tour, explore, etc., it's all out there.