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Icelandic Ponies!! – Icelandic Countryside

Omg look at these ponies with their fabulous hair

Oh. My. God. These. Ponies. Were. FABULOUS.


Look at them just being awesome out in the field together.

Lucious locks

That hair!!

We had heard about the wonderful Icelandic ponies but didn’t really think we’d see any on our trip because… where the hell would we see them? Luckily while driving between Thingvellir National Park and the Geysir we saw a bunch of farmland and OMG so many ponies at this one farm that we had to pull over (if you’re driving on Route 37 it was somewhere around Laugarvatn).

Icelandic pony just chilllin

Such hip hairstyles


What made this even better was that, being February in Iceland, the sunlight level was set at “Golden Hour” for about half the day. Really helped out the photography effort haha.

Soooooo coool ponies

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November 7th, 2015 at 12:37 pm

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Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Just outside the Blue Lagoon spa

The Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland but good god DAMN it was worth it. This was one of the first things we did once we got here: landed from our red-eye flight at 6:00am, ate a massive hotel breakfast (the second-best European hotel breakfast buffet that I’ve ever eaten, in fact), then headed straight to the spa. We probably stayed longer than most people would but it was just lovely floating around in the warm pools and drinking and relaxing.

The edge of the pool OUTSIDE the spa

My friend looks like a cartoon character

"Enjoy yourself"

The Blue Lagoon (Bláa Lónið) is a man-made spa created from wastewater from a nearby geothermal plant. That sounds kinda gross to bathe in wastewater but that’s not the case, people started claiming it had healing abilities and so a spa was created.

Creepin' on strangers

We stayed long enough that the sun started going down a bit towards the end of our stay (in that last picture). I think afterwards we all went back to the hotel and napped. A great day haha.

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November 4th, 2015 at 2:29 pm

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Thingvellir, Iceland

I want to say that when my crew and I went to Iceland it was “before it was cool” but Iceland has been, well, hella cold forever so that phrase didn’t really work. This trip is what happens when a few friends discover a crazy good travel deal and purchase it on their phones while at a bar after drinking for several hours.

These set of photos is from the Thingvellir National Park (Þingvellir), which was about an hour or so outside of Reykjavik. According to my extensive research on Wikipedia it is where the Icelanding Parliament was founded in AD930. It’s also the site of the continental rift between the North American and Eurasian plates, which you can see in a bunch of the pictures as big canyons and cracks. The More You Know. The park is extremely beautiful and my pictures didn’t really do it justice, which I could definitely say for the entirety of Iceland.

Walking in the continental rift

Left: The rift / Right: All frozen everythang

Walking on the frozen lake

You could easily spend a day here hiking or taking a boat out if it’s warm (there’s a big lake not pictured here) but it was February when we went and therefore a weeeeee bit cold. It’s a popular spot too to view the Northern Lights when they decide to show up.

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October 28th, 2015 at 1:17 pm

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Just a few snaps from the best city on earth, Rio de Janeiro.

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March 30th, 2015 at 11:31 pm

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Hello again!

This was taken 35km from a city named Hella in Iceland, 2014.

Just a quick little note from me, hello everyone! I noticed it has been over a year since I updated—but that doesn’t mean it’s been a year since I’ve taken photos! So I’ll be adding those to the site pretty soon. There will be as many photos added as it describes in the photo above. Shoutout to my girl Kaela for the responsive update on the site. *100 emoji* Gonna say ‘photo’ a few more times now. Photo photo photo.

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December 18th, 2014 at 12:47 am

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Bright Light Bright Light

Had the opportunity to shoot a great show during Seattle Pride this year for Bright Light Bright Light, a Welsh singer, producer, and DJ, for Hello Mr. I was really excited to shoot a concert since I haven’t gotten to in a while, and I was really pleased with how the photos turned out. Although a huge shoutout goes to whoever was doing the lighting at the venue, it was great and made taking photos that much easier!

Hello Mr is a new magazine about men who date men. Published twice annually, each issue chronicles everyday life and the narratives which define it through a diverse collection of essays, interviews, short stories, illustrations, and photography. Although the article isn’t online, it includes a great interview by Adam Hurly.

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November 4th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

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Brooklyn & the Bronx, NY

Earlier this year I had a quick weekend in New York City before a work trip, it was spent with my best friends (pictured, fabulously, above) and eating hella good food. Also managed to get a baseball game in which was walking into enemy territory, with added depression due to seeing Ichiro in the enemy’s uniform. Did love that giant Kikkoman sign though!

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November 3rd, 2013 at 12:12 pm

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Tom Douglas

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to take photographs of the King of Seattle: Tom Douglas for Cereal Magazine. For those of you not from Seattle, Tom Douglas is the biggest restauranteur in the city: runs an incredible amount of restaurants, a few NY Times Bestselling cookbooks, James Beard Awards, Top Chef victory (over Morimoto, even). Needless to say, the man is a legend here (and his food is equally legendary).

Cereal Magazine is a new food, travel, and lifestyle magazine based in Bath, England. These are some of the outtakes of Tom I shot, in his headquarters above his restaurant Palace Kitchen in Belltown, outside the restaurant, and with his elk friend (!).

The article was written by my friend Kris Seto and if ya’ll wanna read it click here.

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June 25th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

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Istanbul, Turkey

Thought I’d try and counteract some of the negativity in the news about the Taksim Square protests by posting up some pictures of a more peaceful time. These are from 2007, when I visited Istanbul for a few days en route to the Turkish coast. The people, food, drinks, architecture, culture, were awesome and it was definitely one of my favorite places I’ve ever been. This is where I started drinking ultra-potent coffee and got the hang (uhh kinda) of licorice-flavored alcohol (raki, it’s like ouzo, but Turkish!). Also my love of flat-leafed parsley started here.

Yes, that last picture is of a turtle just chillin’ on the roof of the neighbor’s house.

These are really the only photos I have of Taksim Square, which we didn’t hang out around very much (we stuck mostly around the Cihangir neighborhood.) But I have great memories of the place, and these little wet hamburgers pictured were hands-down incredible—especially after a night out. Not to get super political on ya’ll but the PM needs to stop being a diiiick. Anyways.

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June 22nd, 2013 at 11:09 am

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Hawaii – Jumpers

Recently went to Hawaii, took a lot of photos but here were a few that… [sunglasses] jumped off the screen. Enough, Miko. The top photo is looking over Diamond Head and Honolulu, the bottom two are both at the summit of Haleakala on Maui.

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April 18th, 2013 at 12:17 am

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