Category Archives: People

Put a smile on someone’s face

Getting a subject to give an authentic smile for a photograph can be easier said than done. It mostly involves establishing a rapport with them and making them feel comfortable in front of the camera, again, easier said than done. Here’s a short video featuring North Carolina-based photographer Tamara Lackey who’s a Nikon ambassador. In [...]

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To be seen

In 2009 Nashville-based photographer Jeremy Cowert put out an internet challenge to photographers everywhere to use their talents to help those in need by taking their portraits and delivering prints to them. He called the event Help-Portrait and it, as they say, went viral. In cities in countries around the world photographers and other volunteers [...]

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The diversity of a diverse city

“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”- Maya Angelou Forbes magazine’s methodology in determining America’s Most Miserable Cities includes factors such as unemployment, tax rates, median home price, foreclosure rates and even [...]

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A class act

There are horror stories about some sports stars. They’re arrogant, aloof, conceited and they give all athletes a bad name. True, they may be talented in the their chosen field of play, but they feel that they deserve the praise that they often get.  Alvaro “Yaqui” Lopez, the boxing legend from Stockton, is NOT one [...]

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Separated at birth: Vamos a explorar

Every home Stockton Ports baseball game is kicked off by a child picked out at random to say “play ball” over the PA system. Appropriately, he or she is called the “play ball kid.” They’re all pretty cute, but I usually pass up shooting them because I’m eager for the game to start. At a [...]

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Senioritis

Recently Margaret Kerry, 81, who was the original reference model for the Disney character of Tinkerbell, made an appearance in the banquet room of Valley Brew on the Miracle Mile in Stockton. She regaled those in attendance with stories of how she got the part, what it was like to work for the Disney studios [...]

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Spin cycle

“Dizzy, I’m so dizzy my head is spinning Like a whirlpool it never ends And it’s you girl makin’ it spin You’re making me dizzy” – Dizzy by Tommy Roe and Freddy Weller When I was about 10 or 11, I spent a summer at my Aunt Setsuko and Uncle’s Sumio’s home in Irvine in [...]

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Separated at birth II: Marathon men

A few years ago I wrote about monsignor John Armistead’s uncanny resemblance to the late comedian George Carlin. In my line of work I meet and photograph a lot of people and from time to time I come across some who could be someone else’s doppelganger. Lynn King (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ [...]

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People who need people

“Oh, who are the people in your neighborhood?In your neighborhood?In your neighborhood?Say, who are the people in your neighborhood?The people that you meet each day.” – Sesame Street song “People in your neighborhood” by Jeffery Moss When I judged the San Joaquin County Fair’s Adult Photography show in June, landscapes, animals and close-ups of flowers [...]

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Here comes trouble

2-year-old Austin Wilson listens to the Afternaps band during a weekly kids music event held by the group at the Blackwater Cafe in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 80-200mm @ 100mm. Exposure: 1/125th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 400) “Georgie Porgie pudding and pie, Kissed the girls and made them cry When the boys came [...]

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