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20081114family_beachboy013 20081114family_beachboy016 20081114family_beachboy018 20081114family_beachboy064 20081114family_beachboy069 20081114family_beachboy078 beach fine art photography 20081114family_beachboy082 20081114family_beachboy086 20081114family_beachboy098 20081114family_beachboy120 20081114family_beachboy121 DSC_8436 DSC_8447 DSC_8448What is wrong with me? I swore to myself and my photography colleagues in college, “I will never, ever photograph kids, dogs or cats!” Ha! Never say never my friends.

I also swore I would never go back to Hawaii, never learn to surf and never get married!

So, here I am married, with children, photographing children who surf, who surf on the same waves I am surfing, and we can’t wait to get back to Hawaii as a family who surfs and I can’t wait to photograph my kids surfing in Hawaii. But I rarely photograph dogs and sometimes cats.

So, anyway, you get the picture………..

These images came to me recently as I was compiling some portfolios, galleries and a slideshow for my son’s Eighth birthday. Eighth birthday! One of them has been featured in a PDN book and has a happy home on my wall.

I photographed Merrik in these images at the beach early on in my attempt to go digital with my D70 trying to figure out this weird electronic camera that you carry around with you. I had no idea what I was going to make with that electronic device that, to me, had no spirit, no magic, no life in it. It gave me nothing but over-sharp, highly saturated, perfect pictures–no beautiful, magical surprises like a film camera could deliver. It was baffling. I still love them just as they are-images in a phase of my digital “stepchild” life.

I’ve been shooting with digital technology long before there were digital cameras. When I started shooting digital back in 1991 there was only a $50,000 digital “back” called The Brick that you snapped on to a stationary Hasselblad that was tethered to a computer by cables. I would shoot 100 shots per day on a white background of whatever would hold still. Since you had to take three shots (or passes-one for red, one for green and one for blue) to take one photograph, anything that moved would have a strange 3D halo affect around the parts that moved.

I only shot digital for large corporations that had loads of cash to buy these things. Everything I wanted to photograph for myself was on film and processed by friends at a local lab who would give me a really good deal. I worked at labs for decades so that I could afford to be a photographer.


Lifestyle and fine art photographer specializing in kids, portraits, lifestyle, and travel for print and web.


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    April 11, 2013

    I love your story, Kristianne!