2011 Favourites

I have to say that I never expected to be so busy with my business as I was in 2011. I'm extremely lucky I've found this profession and people dig what I do, and better yet want to pay me for it! Not many can say that. Best yet I've not only been able to continue to travel the world, but I asked Mads to get hitched in the beginning of the year. What a good time last year was, and what greatness to come in 2012. 
We just got back from our holidays up the Banana Coast in Australia, such a good time spent with family and friends. I had some downtime and was able to put together a recap of some of my favourite shots from 2011 that I've taken in my spare time traveling around uncommissioned. Have a look if you get a minute, and let me know what you think!

PS - I will be making up for the slack posting on the blog I promise!!!

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In Manasquan, NJ we were very lucky to have been spared by Irene. Some lost power, lots of trees went down hard, flooding was around but not as bad as other storms we've had, a couple boys died getting swept out in the ocean during the hurricane, but after all is said and done it wasn't nearly as bad here as other places that the hurricane hit along the east coast. We prepared and were spared, thank you! Here's a few images from Sunday morning and later in the day, after being chased by cops all morning and threatened to be ticketed wading through the streets and sneaking up to the beach.

breakers inside manasquan inlet

battered pilings

nasty sea foam stuck to the point boardwalk vendor gates

floating debris

determined to get a photo

fishermans cove / inlet lot smashup

give it another few hours...

rain boots

ocean ave, manasquan

nick, happy the shrimp box didn't get badly damaged

and as quick as she came, she left with a nice present

'66 VW Crew Cab

Yes ladies and gentlemen, get ready to drool at some old school awesomeness.  Last week I got up at sunrise and headed over to meet with Robert Monetti at sunrise to shoot his meticulously restored '66 VW Crew Cab. If you're like me, you're probably not too familiar with this model car.  Everyone knows about the old VW Kombi's, but this is a convertible pickup version of the famous old car.  Robert bought this from Nevada and took 3 years to redo it to his liking, all on his own. The truck has got so many different unique looks, and he's even got a bunch of magnetic stickers to throw on it to get that authentic 60's look without ruining the perfect paint job. Such a cool family cruiser, something for everyone to enjoy. Here's a few quick teasers, such a hard job to pick only a few from the shoot!

ps, if you've got any interest in having a look this car, shoot me an email and i'll get you in touch.

favorite shot of the day! this is new jersey, not california, believe it or not

sunrise hues n blues

if it wasn't so hard to get up at 4 45am, i'd do it more often :)

another look, sides and tail down

sun burst

freakin cool truck i tell ya

Avy Bombs

I was pretty gutted I didn't make it for sunrise yesterday, as there was a decent sized swell in town paired with a beautiful temperature in and out of the water.  So, determined to capture some of that beautiful morning light firing against the back of some leftover heavy rollers, I got up and drove to a little town called Avalon, about 40 minutes up the coast.  Mad and I will have a house in Avalon some day, it's already been decided.  Such a beautiful place that a few years back Baywatch even wanted to film their seasons there, but the local Aussies said nup.  Goodonya.  Many pro surfers call this break home, and it's as picturesque as it is pumping when the swell is right.  Huge rocky headlands lining either side and a beach that rarely gets a serious crowd.  Enough of the talking, here's a more than a few from this morning.  Let em load up people, got a couple good ones :)

good way to start the day, getting pitted nice n early!

put a graduated filter on this one, came out pretty cool

touch of light on some backsplash

before the sun popped up. the boat out there reminded me of the ones in south east asia. wonder what its doin down here

backlit barrels

the lineup

little bit off the top please!

10 points for his exit plan


As all of you probably have seen or heard, the east coast got hammered on snow a couple days ago.  So much of it, that two days later there are still a ton of unplowed streets and people on involuntary house arrest.  Abandoned cars line major roads and the amount of jackknifed trailers on entrance and exit ramps is crazy.  Thankfully my dad's got a plow on his truck and gave me and Mads a lift to Manasquan beach at 7am.  Fresh tracks and some deep pitted barrels were plentiful.  We wandered around a bit and battled the gail force winds and freezing cold temps and snagged some cool shots.  The sun came out later in the day, and gave us some more cool light to catch on the snow.  Hopefully if you were stuck in this the plow came by your house already!!!  Check out a few I snagged from the day... and better yet, check out the video Maddie put together from some still and video footage she got with her new lens...

borrowed mads camera and got this one

this poor guy was struggling, seriously

white out blizzard at the beach


the street next to mine

and lots of icicles 

maddie's sweet video... check it in high res!