Paeoni Longstocking

I first met Paeoni down by the river. If she had told me that she sailed there as the captain of her own boat with her horse and her monkey on board, I might have believed her. She’s quite a firecracker, full of confidence, curiosity and expressions. We were more formally introduced not too long after my day on the river, through a friend. We started our photo adventure at her Father’s place with the pythons and ended up in the deep dark woods looking for grandmothers house.

Tintypes and Ambrotypes

I have long been an admirer of tintypes, ambrotypes and practically anything vintage. Tintypes became popular in America in the 1860’s. They were easy to transport and send in the mail, unlike ambrotypes which were printed on glass plates. I just finished a workshop at the San Francisco Art Institute and learned all about how to make them. It’s not the easy way to make images. There are many steps involved and the chemicals are expensive, smelly and toxic. However, the images one can make through this medium are so incredibly beautiful. It requires patience and time and I think some magic too. Many images will fail to appear on the emulsion, or the exposure time will vary drastically, or you will forget one of the many steps required to make it happen. Every image will be unique. Here’s a few samples I grabbed off the internet, some of these wonderful tintypes are from the collection of Terry Castle. The last one down there is an image of myself from the workshop, made by a group of students.

Baden Whitehead

Anybody notice a cowboy wandering around Petaluma on horseback? Several people have asked me lately if I have seen the dude riding around town. Apparently he rode across the whole country on horseback, from Florida to California. Then a friend of mine told me I had to make a portrait of him and she introduced us. Baden Whitehead is a cowboy and a chef. His business card reads Chef, Wrangler, Ranch Hand and Adventurer. Not only that but he is fully connected to the modern world via e-mail and his regular blog postings. My attempt to make a serious portrait of him was sprinkled with his outbursts of laughter. Baden is so funny he can make the chickens laugh. He is on his way to Mendocino next to teach the Boy Scouts about horses, but I am happy to say he will be back. He likes Petaluma. To learn more about Baden check out his blog,

Princess Jovi

My appetite for creating romantic costume drama period images never seems to wane. When I saw my friend Jovi’s mardi gras costume that she made for New Orleans, I knew she would be the perfect model for me. These were shot in Alamo Square Park in San Francisco, with dogs, joggers and little kids all around us. Of course all the little girls were captivated and wanted to know which princess she was. After disrobing we climbed to the rooftop and took my favorite photo of Jovi with loose hair. Jovi, by the way, is an amazing painter,