Fear and Wine Tasting in Mexico

In nine hours we went from an underground jazz club to glamping in a vineyard just northeast of Ensenada, Mexico.  Nine hours after that, I wasn’t 100% sure I would be able to return back to the US with my wife. Friday night we danced the night away on my friend’s 30th birthday in a […]

The Luxury of Touch

Touch is one of the greatest luxuries we can give another living being”the quickest, most effective way to show warmth, care and love. My wife speaks Farsi, and one of the words I’ve learned from her is naz. It means the act of giving someone physical attention”a tickle on the arm, a caress of the […]

The Luxury of Fire

In my opinion, September is one of the best months of the year. The heat of summer begins to fade and cool fall weather starts to creep in. It’s the perfect time to be outside, to light a fire in the fire pit as the moon rises overhead. The light from the glowing embers is […]

The Luxury of Light

As a photographer and director, light is everything to me. Early in my career, my job was shooting products”high-end home electronics, rare motorcycles, luxurious accessories, etc. One of my favorite parts of it was manipulating light and shadows so that my items would jump off the page. Nowadays, I also get to focus on photographing […]

The Luxury of Water

Here in L.A., if people aren’t talking about movies, we’re talking about the drought. We talk so much about the lack of water that there are actually days that I forget that we live right next to the ocean. I’m a beach kid by nature. I grew up right next to the water, and I […]

The Luxury of Adventure

I love the thrill of adventure”no matter how big or small. Having the luxury to explore, whether in a foreign country or just your own neighborhood, is something to appreciate. You never know what you’ll find, or where inspiration might strike. I’m lucky that I get to travel for work and for pleasure. Recently, my […]

The Luxury of Falling

Today I want to talk about the luxury of falling. I know what you’re thinking: That sounds scary, not like a luxury. But having the peace of mind to allow yourself the option of falling”believing in a project so much that you’re willing to let it take on a life of its own”is something rare. […]

The Luxury of Warmth

After a long, cold winter, things are finally warming up. The days are getting longer and new buds are beginning to appear on trees and plants. The light is different at this time of year, too, and I love documenting the change of seasons and all its nuances. The damp earth and the warm light […]

The Luxury of Snow

The sight of snow always amazes me. You see, I grew up on the beach. In winter, the powdery white stuff under my feet was sand, not snow. And even as an adult”even though I’ve now seen snow dozens of times, and am decent snowboarder”it’s still amazing to me. Snow is a luxury. The cold […]

Cappadocia ” Hot Air and Fairy Chimneys

We could have been halfway between Bakersfield and Las Vegas, but I was on the other side of the world, just a couple hundred miles from the Syrian border. A domestic flight had transported us from bustling Istanbul to this bleak and desolate landscape. We paid our driver with Turkish Lira as he deposited us at […]