I've had the great fortune to call California home since the summer of 2010. Living in L.A., San Jose, and now San Francisco, I've jaunted up and down the majestic pacific coastline. Massive, wave carved cliffs, rolling cityscapes, west-coast beaches, towering trees and an immeasurable amount of California beauty has been frozen behind my lens. Pick a sub-region and gander on.
I consider myself very fortunate to live in one of the greatest cities in the world. I've only begun to tap the surface of what this city offers a photographer.
Santa Cruz to LA
San Francisco PRIDE
Three days before PRIDE weekend began, the US Supreme Court overturned Prop 8 and ruled same-sex couples deserved equal federal rights. Prop 8 banned same sex marriage in California in 2008, sending the country and California into a deeper constitutional debate. Alongside the court's ruling that Prop 8 was unconstitutional, effectively allowing Californian's the right to marry whomever they love, the Supreme Court ruled against the Defense of Marriage act which kept federal benefits out of the hands of same sex marriages recognized by individual states. While there are still aspects of federal recognition that are unclear (like if a same-sex couple moves to a state that doesn't recognize same-sex marriage, will they still receive federal benefits), these two rulings allowed for an even more prideful weekend of celebration throughout the streets of San Francisco.