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02/10/2020: Long time, no updates! But I promise this one is a great one! Spent
some time in Rocky Point, Mexico doing a band shoot for a wonderful cover band
from Arizona called The Southwest Surfers. They performed three great
concerts over the course of three days for a private tour group, and my wife and I
were very excited to be a part of it. Highly recommend that if you get a chance to
see one of their concerts, you do so.
03/09/2019: Braving the cold, I took in the exciting night of Mardi Gras
celebrations at the Roadrunner Restaurant and Saloon in New River, Arizona to
watch some fun and exciting BULL RIDING EVENTS.
12/14/2018: It was my honor to have been asked to photograph a Santa Claus
Party 2018 for a wonderful family this week. I think I may have even moved
myself up the "nice" list a few spots this year with the big guy....
09/24/2018: The second part of the Gila County Fair event was the Demo Cross ,
which is a race with modified stock cars around a dirt track. The object is to
actually win the race, but bumping and grinding in the turns is gonna happen, as
evident by the looks of these vehicles!
09/23/2018: Photos from the Gila County 2018 Demolition Derby are up and
ready for viewing.
08/17/2018: Family event back east to New York this week, and we took a side
trip thru upstate New York. Spent the night in a wonderful location called
Highlands Castle at Bolton's Landing, Lake George. Built in the mid 1980s or
so, but from the looks of it you would swear it was right out of middle ages. Was
so pretty and peaceful it was hard to leave.
04/08/2018: Flipside-45 performed at the Sun City, AZ Sun Bowl on April 8th,
2018 for a crowd of almost 6,000 people! They had the audience on their feet
dancing for over 90 minutes they performed, and I am sure the crowd had a blast!
03/03/2018: Wonderful weather held out and we spent the day at the Arizona
Renaissance Festival 2018.
02/24/2018: Managed to brave the sub par cold (for us Phoenicians!) of 45
degrees, and took in the events up at the Roadrunner Restaurant & Saloon
Bull Riding tonight. The place was packed even though the temps had dipped
down, but it was still a fun night.
11/27/2017: Spent a wonderful afternoon photographing the Atwater Family
Photo Shoot in Mesa, Arizona today. It was a long time in coming, and the
results were outstanding, if I must say so myself!
11/23/2017: Gallery for the Buckeye Demolition Derby - Fall 2017 has been added
and is ready for viewing. It was a cold, bitter night but was great to see Hayden
Atwater win the final battle of the night, after just his third ever demolition
11/17/2017: Final match of day two of the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships
2017, St. Moritz, Switzerland vs Clogau Wales Polo Team, have now gone live.
11/16/2017: Day two of the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships started out
with the Battle of the Sexes: The Sunny Hale Memorial, in honor of one of the
best female polo players to have ever taken the field. Sunny lost her battle with
cancer not too long ago, and the world lost an amazing person.
11/16/2017: Up and ready for your viewing pleasure, photos from the match
between the Aspen Valley Polo Club and the Monte-Carlo Polo Team from
the 2017 Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships.
11/14/2017: The photos from the Bentley 2017 Polo Championship between the
Seattle Polo Club vs Arizona Polo Club are now up and ready for viewing.
11/11/2017: Two days of exciting polo action out at the Bentley Scottsdale Polo
Championships 2017 at Westworld this weekend, and it could not have been a
better time to be had! I am posting each of the matches separately due to the
large amount of photos I have to go thru to review and edit. Todays feature game
is between the Santa Barbara Polo Team vs Polo Azteca.
10/21/2017: Over 8000 people attended the Lantern Festival 2017 in Casa
Grande this weekend and it was amazing as ever! Guitarist and vocalist Scott
Foster started off pre-launch with some popular hits as well as self penned songs.
To wrap up the night the ever entertaining Circus Farm Fire Dancers capped off a
10/07/2017: Spent a wonderful Saturday up in northern Arizona at The 13th
Annual Skull Valley Polo Club Players Cup Tournament. Great polo action,
fantastic food, and wonderful people made for a cant miss yearly event.
09/23/2017: Photos from this years Gila County Fair Demolition Derby 2017 are
now up for your viewing pleasure. This years event was promoted by Glen
Madden, and it was one of the most exciting derbies of recent years, so don't
miss seeing some of the days/night's hard hits!
05/06/2017: Smash up action at the Buckeye Demolition Derby Spring 2017 was
on Saturday, and it was a small but exciting event. The drivers out there always
put on an amazing display of driving, and this night was no exception.
03/04/2017: The weather was almost perfect to watch Bullriding at Roadrunner
Restaurant and Saloon in New River this past Saturday night.
02/25/2017: Photos from Bearizona in Williams, Arizona are now up for
viewing. If you have never been there, I highly recommend taking the trip up
north one day to visit it. Seeing all of the animals in their natural environment
from the comfort and safety of your vehicle makes for great entertainment for
the whole family.
02/12/2017: I was privileged to have been able to take photos at our friends Dean
and Karen's 25th Wedding Vows Ceremony this past weekend. We wish them
many more years of happiness and good health in the years to come!
01/19/2017: The Townsend Cup, in which teams in England and America have
been competing since 1928, took place at the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction at
WestWorld in Scottsdale on January 14th and 15th, 2017. There were five games
played over the weekend, consisting of the USPA International Military Cup
Challenge USA vs England, USPA International Challenge Cup USA vs England,
USPA International Intercollegiate Challenge USA vs England, The Sherman Cup
Consolation Cup, and The Sherman Cup Championship Game 2017. Photos for all
five games can be seen at the following link " ARENA POLO PARTY @
BARRET-JACKSON at WESTWORLD "
11/19/2016: Billed as the most fun you can have in Buckeye on a Saturday night!,
the Buckeye Fall 2016 Demolition Derby was held at the Helzapopin Rodeo
Grounds out in Buckeye, Arizona this past weekend. It was a packed house as
the fans cheered on the destruction of more then a dozen cars in 2 heats, chain
and go and full weld.
11/05/2016: Westworld of Scottsdale was the scene for the Bentley Scottsdale
Polo Championship 2016: Horses & Horsepower. You could not have asked for
better weather for this high energy, highly entertaining event. A heart felt thank
you goes out to Jen Parks for allowing me to attend to photograph the event
again this year.
10/29/2016: Photos from the Creepy Cowboy Halloween Bash 2016 are now up
for viewing. Each year the Roadrunner Saloon up in New River has a costumed
bull riding event that attracts some crazy riders, and this year was no different.
10/01/2016: The annual Skull Valley Polo Tournament was held at the Van
Dickson Ranch this past Saturday, and the day was just outstanding. Great polo,
wonderful people, and awesome food capped off the days events.
06/18/2016: What better way to spend part of Fathers Day weekend then
watching Bull Riding at the Roadrunner Restaurant and Saloon.
06/04/2016: Braving the summer heat, I visited the Roadrunner Restaurant
and Saloon for Bull Riding this past Saturday night. The crowds may have
thinned out a bit, but the fun and excitement is still as great as ever.
05/14/2016: The annual Prescott Highland Games 2016 photos are now up for
your viewing pleasure! If you have never attended the festivities up at Watson
Lake in Prescott, Arizona, you are missing out on a great event. Athletic games,
historic reenactments, wonderful food and more alcohol than you can shake your
04/16/2016: The 3rd annual Goodyear Lakeside Music Fest 2016 was held this
Saturday, and it was a fantastic way to spend a day. It was a fun filled event that
was lasted from noon until 9pm with 13 bands alternating on 2 stages though out
the day. The music was non stop, and this is definitely a must do event again for
02/13/2016: What better way to celebrate a pre-Valentines Day date then out at
the Roadrunner Bull riding Event! The weather is still a bit cold as the sun
goes down, but the bull riding is as exciting as ever.
12/13/2015: Braving the sub arctic 40 degree weather, we attended the
Roadrunner Bull Fighting event up in New River, AZ. There were 20 riders, and
they did a fantastic job at pleasing the crowd with their athletic abilities.
11/21/2015 : The weather has started to turn "brisk" at night in New River Arizona,
but we braved it to attend the Roadrunner Bull-riding this post Saturday. The
last cowboy of the night was seriously injured, and our thoughts go out to him
and is family for a speedy recovery.
10/24/2015: This past Saturday the Scottsdale Polo Championships - Horses
and Horsepower 2015 was held out in WestWorld. The weather was about
perfect for the event, and the large crowds witnessed some awesome polo action!
10/11/2015: By special request of my bride Renee, I present a compilation of Flag
Photos from the last 5+ years.
10/03/2015: The annual Skull Valley Polo Tournament was held at the Van
Dickson Ranch in Skull Valley, Arizona this past Saturday. My wife and I would
like to thank all the players that made us felt so welcomed. A special thanks goes
out to Paul and Carolyn Harris for giving us the VIP treatment!
09/05/2015: Cool mountain air, torrential downpour, and demolition derby, what
could be more fun? Photos of the Coconino County Fair 2105 Demolition
Derby are now up for your viewing pleasure!
08/29/2015: I was able to brave the heat and the impending storms to shoot out
at the Roadrunner Rodeo Charity Event tonight.
06/13/2015: Another visit to the Roadrunner Rodeo out in New River Arizona.
This may be the last visit for the season, because it is getting way too hot now
that the summer is upon us.
06/06/2015: My wife and I were asked to attend and photograph a friends, sisters
wedding. Photos from Sandy and Bob's Alpine, CA wedding are now up for your
05/30/2015: More fun and excitement this Saturday at the Roadrunner Rodeo. I
highly recommend that if you want to see some rodeo action, you take
advantage of the cooler nights now, before the summer scorchers arrive!
05/23/2015: Second visit to the Roadrunner Rodeo tonight, and it was even
more fun then the first time a week ago.
05/22/2015: We attended our very first professional major league baseball game
out at Chase Fields on Friday night. Chicago Cubs @ Arizona Diamonbacks
game was full of excitement, and the DBacks managed to pull out the win in the
05/16/2015: My wife and I attended a rodeo at the Roadrunner Bar and
Restaurant up in New River, Arizona this weekend. Super fun night, and very
family friendly event. We plan on visiting it again in the upcoming weeks, before
the temperature starts to get too unbearable.
05/09/2015: Photos from the spring Buckeye Demolition Derby 2015 are not
ready for viewing!
04/18/2015: Today out at the McDowell Polo Arena, there was a Benefit
Tournament for Arivarca Boys Ranch.
04/12/2015: The last polo matches of the season were held at WestWord in
Scottsdale today. Photos from the Cactus Cup 2015 are now up for viewing.
03/21/2015: Great weather, wonderful people, and an awesome cause, the
American Diabetes Association's Phoenix Tour de Cure 2015.
02/22/2015: The weather was fantastic for this years Phoenix Matsuri Festival
2015 held in downtown Phoenix, AZ.
01-10-2015: The Glendale Glitter and Glow 2015 was tonight, and the crowds
there were huge! They had at least 11 bands set up in various areas, nicely spaced
apart that they did not clash with each other. If you have never attended, its well
worth putting it on your calender of events for next year.
12-06-2014: My wife took me on a surprise trip to visit Lake Havasu City to
watch the Parade of Lights Boat Parade under the London Bridge. We had a
great time, and I think this is the start of an annual tradition in our family.
11-22-2014: Broke in my new Canon 7D Mark ii tonight at the Buckeye
Demolition Derby 2014 Fall event. Thanks goes out to the drivers that put on a
heck of a show!
10-26-2014: Photos from day one's Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championship 2014
are now up and ready for viewing.
10-11-2014; I was privileged to spend the morning doing a photo shoot for a cause
that is very near and dear to my heart, the American Diabetes Association
Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes 2014.
10-04-2014: The weather was wonderful for the annual Skull Valley Polo
Tournament 2014 at the Van Dickson Ranch. Exciting polo, great people, and
wonderful food was the order of the day!
09-20-2014: We braved a flash monsoon storm to bring you photos from the Gila
County Fair 2014 Demolition Derby 2014. Thanks goes out to all the drivers
that fought through the rain and the mud to put on a very entertaining show!
08-13-2014: Photos of Seagulls of the East Coast are up for viewing. What can I
say, I have a thing for seagulls...
08-13-2014: While on vacation back east, my wife and I spent some time in
Connecticut. From the capital Hartford to the beaches on the far south east
shore, the trip was fantastic.
08-08-2014: During our New York vacation, we visited Gregg, Chrissy, and the
grandkids and took some Hoge Family Portraits.
08-08-2014: My wife and I took a vacation last week to East Islip and New York
City to visit relatives. Clicking the above link will take you to a gallery of our
05-10-2014; The Buckeye Demolition Derby photos now posted for viewing.
Even though only 11 cars showed up and they did not have the trucks as
promised, it was a hard hitting and exciting derby.
04-19-2014: Photos from the Pima County Fair 2014 Demolition Derby are now
up and ready for viewing.
04-12-2014; The Kiwanis Krash 14th Annual Demolition Derby was held at the
Avi Resort and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada. All proceeds went to local charities in
the area, and turnout for this event was pretty decent.
03-22-2014; Photos from the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure
2014 are now posted. My thanks to them for allowing me to photograph yet
another of their events.
02-08-2014; A small gallery from the 26th Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival
2014 are now up and ready to view. I am hoping to make another trip out there
to do another gallery of the jousting and more photos of the royals.
02-02-2014; Fountain Hills hosted the first ever Chinese Lantern and Folk
Festival this past week, celebrating the Chinese New Year. The weather could
not have been better and we look forward to visiting the event again next year.
01-01-2014; My wife and I spent a wonderful 3 days with her dad, aunt and her
cousin at the Grand Canyon and Sedona, Arizona ushering in the new year.
Weather was beyond fantastic for January and the trip could not have been
11-02-2013; My friends at the Arizona Polo Club invited me to take photos at the
3rd Annual Scottsdale Ferrari - Maserati Polo Championships. Weather was
perfect, and the event had a record turn out.
10-20-2013; Another exciting day at the fair. Today I shot the FMX Motocross
10-15-2013; Photos from the Arizona State Fair 2013 Demolition Derby are now
ready for viewing.
10-12-2013 ; I was invited to do a photo shoot at the American Diabetes
Associations StepOut Walk 2013. This is a cause that is very near and dear to
my heart, and I appreciate all that they do for people living with diabetes.
10-05-2013: This weekend was the Skull Valley Polo Tournament for 2013. It was
the last summer polo play in Skull Valley for the season.
09-21-2013 ; The photos from the Gila County Demolition Derby are also now
up and ready for viewing.
09-21-2013 ; Photos from the Gila County Fair Rodeo 2013 are now posted.
09-08-2013 : My bride and I had some down time before the demolition derby, so
we took a side trip to the Tonto Natural Bridge, just outside of Payson Arizona.
I can not wait for the weather to get cooler to make an attempt to hike to the
very bottom of the canyon.
09-08-2013 ; Annual Payson Demolition Derby at the Northern Gila County fair
was this past weekend. Driver turnout was low, but the weather was wonderful
and it was a great way to spend a Saturday evening in the high country.
08-05-2013 ; Photos from the Skull Valley Polo Match from August 4th are now
posted. Thanks go out to all the riders and families that made the afternoon so
07-07-2013 : Granite Mountain Hotshots were transported from downtown
Phoenix to Prescott and photos of the procession have been posted. 19 Prescott
fire firefighters gave their lives to protect life and property in Yarnell, Arizona,
and they will be forever be hero's to the world.
06-09-2013 ; Skull Valley Polo Club holds practice sessions as well as polo
matches through out the year. The link above will take you to one of the
practice's that I attended this weekend.
05-11-2013 : Helzapoppin Demolition Derby spring event photos are now up.
Grats go out to Jim Atwater and Mickie Reece for taking 1st and 2nd place (albiet
in reverse order) in the truck and car demo's.
04-06-2013 ; The Glendale College EMT / Fire Academy conducted a mock,
mass school shooting and explosion to help train police and fire personnel. The
training was held at Buckeye High School in Buckeye, AZ, and utilized Buckeye
Police SWAT along with students of Glendale Colleges EMT and fire programs.
03-08-2013 ; Spent a pleasant day at the Arizona Aloha Festival 2013 out at
Tempe Town lake today.
02-20-2013 ; Photos are up for the Arizona Renaissance Festival 2013 .
12-09-2012; Allan Ward was kind enough to allow us to photograph his family
today out at Red Mountain Park in Mesa, Arizona. This is my second attempt
at doing portrait photography, and I think I may be getting the hang of it.
12-01-2012: I was surprised by my wife with a trip to the Adobe Mountain Train
Park in north Phoenix. We all took a very cool train ride through some holiday
lights displays they had set up all along the tracks. I look forward to going back
to take more photos when I have more time on my hands.
11-17-2012 ; This weekend we attended the Helzapoppin Demolition Derby 2012
out in Buckeye, Arizona. The weather was about perfect, and the derby was out
11-10-2012 ; Photos from the SPEEDWORLD MOTOR SPEEDWAY are now up for
viewing. I just happened to drive by and decided to snap off a few photos of some
motocross bikes on a practice track, as well as a nostalgia drag racing event.
11-03-2012 ; We spent a wonderful afternoon with the GRANDKIDS at a local
park. It was a joy to spend time with Jeanna and the kids. And if I don't day so
myself, the photos of Sean, Drew, Alice, and Rosie are some of my best work! But
with kids this dang adorable, how could I not take great photos of them...
10-27-2012 ; My wife Renee and I were given press passes to this years Phoenix
Zombie Walk 4. I am not sure as to the actual turn out of participants, but it
must have exceeded 5,000+ of the undead.
10-13-2012 ; Though I am still unable to carry around my heavy as heck camera
and gear, this didn't stop me from setting up the camera on my back patio using
a tripod and a remote control trigger device. The results were some pretty decent
10-03-2012 ; Please excuse the lack of updates to the site. I recently had a pretty
serious shoulder injury and have been unable to carry the weight of the camera
around. Rest assured that after a vigorous couple months of physical therapy, the
photos will once again start to be posted. Thanks and stay tuned!