37 Vibrant Photos from a Magical 2015

 

It’s been a while since my wife and I spent an whole year living in one country … which is exactly what we did in 2015.

That said, it was still a busy year.

Carrie and I lived in 3 different zip codes, road tripped around America and spent a month apart while I volunteered in China.

Naturally, I chronicled every step with my camera.

 

My darling wife, Carrie, goes for a run with our dogs - Falcor (left) and Gracie
My darling wife, Carrie, goes for a run with our dogs – Falcor (left) and Gracie

Living on Endor

I’ve dreamed of living in a treehouse on the planet Endor since seeing Return of the Jedi in 1983

Moving to Monte Rio was the next best thing.

For 10 months, my wife, Carrie, and I lived in a house nestled in between the redwood trees.

Wooden walkways and stairs connected the levels, while our dogs served as the resident Ewoks.

Meanwhile, down below, the Russian River made its way through wine country, as we explored the forest, ocean and beyond.

 

The Russian River, surrounded by redwood trees, flows through Monte Rio on its way to the Pacific Ocean
The Russian River, surrounded by redwood trees, flows through Monte Rio on its way to the Pacific Ocean

 

The waves ebb and flow along Schoolhouse Beach in Bodega Bay.
The waves ebb and flow along Schoolhouse Beach in Bodega Bay.

 

Tripod day at the Sonoma County Fair is an incredibly popular event in the local photography community
Tripod day at the Sonoma County Fair is an incredibly popular event in the local photography community

 

Every year, the town of Duncans Mills hosts a Civil War reenactment.
Every year, the town of Duncans Mills hosts a Civil War reenactment

 

The Russian River flows through Monte Rio on its way to the Pacific Ocean
The Russian River flows through Monte Rio on its way to the Pacific Ocean

 

A foggy Monte Rio morning at the Northwood Golf Club
A foggy Monte Rio morning at the Northwood Golf Club

 

A couple watches the sunset from Goat Rock along the Sonoma Coast
A couple watches the sunset from Goat Rock along the Sonoma Coast

 

The Milky Way on a full moon night above Armstrong Woods Park in Guerneville, California
The Milky Way on a full moon night above Armstrong Woods Park in Guerneville, California

 

Sunset at the Woolsey Winery in Sonoma County, California
Sunset at the Woolsey Winery in Sonoma County, California

Community

Life is all about connections, relationships and sharing this amazing journey with those we love.

In 2015, I was thrilled to photograph some of the most special people around.

If you live in Northern California, I would love to photography YOU!

 

 

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I had a chance to collaborate with Ben Barbic, an incredibly talented musician, on a series of promotional photos

 

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While attending a retreat with the Paititi Institute, I was honored to help its founders – Roman and Cynthia – create a series of personal portraits

 

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My sister-in-law had her first baby this August, and this was my favorite photo from her first photo session: “Gabby the Hungry Caterpillar”

 

Caroline Leon is a live coach with a passion for personal growth ... as well as a dear friend
Caroline Leon is a life coach with a passion for personal growth … as well as a dear friend

China

I was honored when the Alliance for Smiles asked me to serve as their team photographer during a medical mission to China.

For two weeks, I observed a team of skilled doctors provide free life-changing cleft lip and palate surgeries to 75 impoverished children.

You can read the whole story here.

Once the mission ended, I treated myself to another few weeks of exploring China. It was great to get out and experience the countryside, but I sure did miss Carrie!

 

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Watching mama’s reunion with her baby after a successful surgery was one of the most heartwarming experiences of my life

 

A traditional cormorant fisherman in Yangshou
A traditional cormorant fisherman in Yangshou

 

A busy touristic street in Yangshou
A busy touristic street in Yangshou

 

The town of Yangshou sits along the Li River
The town of Yangshou sits along the Li River

 

The old town of Pingyao is full of cobblestone streets, traditional shops and tourism
The old town of Pingyao is full of cobblestone streets, traditional shops and tourism

 

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A young boy in his hospital room before surgery

Baseball

Baseball is my passion, and I was able to make it to games in three different stadiums this season.

Even more importantly, my beloved New York Mets made it to the World Series. Next year, we win it all!!!!

 

Fenway Park is home to the Boston Red Sox
Fenway Park is home to the Boston Red Sox

 

The O.Co Colosseum is home to the Oakland Athletics
The O.Co Colosseum is home to the Oakland Athletics

Road Trips

From California to New York City, Cape Cod and Maine, 2015 was a year for road trips.

 

The Milky Way above Alabama Hills and the White Mountains, California
The Milky Way above Alabama Hills and the White Mountains, California

 

The day's last light peeks through the clouds above Mammoth Mountains, California
The day’s last light peeks through the clouds above Mammoth Mountains, California

 

Mount Whitney in Northern California
Mount Whitney in Northern California

 

The shores below the Point Arena Lighthouse in Mendocino County, California
The shores below the Point Arena Lighthouse in Mendocino County, California

 

Whale Watching off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Whale Watching off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Instagram

While I love making images with my big and heavy dSLR, the camera I use most is the iPhone in my pocket.

With that in mind, be sure to follow my Instagram feed.

 

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Wishing you a happy and healthy 2016!