Keeping Busy

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had my camera with me for a few outings…

An engagement session (more finished photos to come after Krystle and Roman make their selections). This shot was an idea I had that I thought worked out pretty well!

TAFY’s recent dance recital (that’s my daughter enjoying her time on stage):

In the next couple weeks I’ll have a camera with me on a work trip to Fairbanks (hoping for some good weather in Denali Park), and then a Bar Mitzvah!

Oh, and I almost forgot, I did capture (and finally cull and finish) photos from the 2017 Wearable Arts back in February. Here is a quick shot Seanna O’Sullivan (she’s amazing) took of me in action near the runway. Fun show!


Yesterday, at the bequest of my daughter, we went for a walk at Statter Harbor. Not to be one to miss an opportunity, I took a camera along and was rewarded with a peaceful Great Blue Heron, eating at shoreside. Take a look:

Adorama Trade-In: A Sour Experience

I had a bad experience with Adorama.

I’m trying to find the silver lining, I really am, but over and over, I feel like I may have a resolute “no Adorama” policy in my future.

As I’ve been pondering my bad experience, it’s mostly that I had expectations pretty significantly mismanaged. I mean, if there were a few bullet points that I could have seen earlier, this might have all seemed normal. Here’s what I’d recommend that they put in the welcome packet:

  • We prefer phone calls to email, even though you might be in Alaska and have a 4-hour time shift.
  • We will have affiliates call you to sell you on the idea. They will review what equipment you should send us. This is not equipment we are actually interested in.
  • You will take a copious amount of time to inventory and package these items upon which, you’ll send it our way
  • We will have a trade-in guy review those sent items and select (possibly a fraction) of the items you sent. Ex: you might send us 30 things, but we might only choose 3 things to offer you a price on. Or, maybe you send us one thing and we offer you a price on that.
  • We will CALL you with an offer of the items we want making no mention of the other items sent or the process to expect
  • If you ask for an email articulating the offer, we’ll resent that and send you as few details as possible like “Item: $value” without other commentaries
  • To clarify (again), we don’t like email. we’d rather have you call us after hours on a cell phone than to be near a keyboard
  • Because we are wildly busy and important people without time to foster a relationship, we will have secretaries call you to connect you to the person you actually need to talk with
  • We are east-coasters, so expect terseness.
  • In many cases, the trade-in value will actually be lower than you expected (ex: $500 teleconverter reconditioned by manufacturer with original box has a $300 offer)
  • You can send us a list of items that you might want to buy with any credit accrued from your trade
  • We’ll send you a short response that only shows the items we can price in our system without any additional words like “Item: $value”
  • We won’t talk about actual availability of said items
  • The Trade value will be at a better price than MSRP because it is pre-owned equipment
  • The pre-owned equipment is unlikely to have the original box/bag/manuals/etc but we won’t tell you that unless you ask
  • Heck, it’s possible that your pre-owned lens will ship in a non-OEM storage bag that didn’t originally come with the item and won’t warn you of that (Ex: Nikon lens shipped in Lowepro g inside of OEM Nikon lens box)
  • Your trade-in credit will be applied to the value of the equipment you would like to purchase
  • Any difference over and above the purchase of pre-owned will be charged to the credit card on your account
  • Any amount that remains in credit can either sit within your account or a check can be sent to you
  • We will overpack everything and send it back to you in (possibly giant) boxes.
  • We won’t check in with you at any step of the game to see if you have any questions or if the process was clear and valuable
  • Any feedback you send to us, either the affiliate or trade-in associate or whoever, will fall on deaf ears and will not garner any follow-up or attention
  • Thanks for selling to and shopping with Adorama!

Comments? Thoughts? Have you had a similar experience? or perhaps your experience was everything you dreamed of (top-dollar trade-in, great service, etc)? Let me know!



A little over a week ago, work sent me to Anchorage for a couple of days. Given some solo time in a new place, I took the chance to bring some camera gear along. I had initially planned to look for and photograph Sheep or Mountain Goat along the Seward Highway, but I was met with bare rock (and no animals). Fortunately, not being one to give up hope, I took a bit more of a scenic route on my return and came across a couple of moose! Enjoy!






Lake Sammamish

Some dude at the edge of #lakesammamish during our last trip. #washingtonsunset #issaquah

Some dude at the edge of #lakesammamish during our last trip. #washingtonsunset #issaquah

Wildlife Silhouette

Not a bad evening for a stroll with a camera. #wildlife #silhouette #juneau

Not a bad evening for a stroll with a camera. #wildlife #silhouette #juneau

Costco Sunset

#costco #sunset #juneauak

#costco #sunset #juneauak

Pleasant Surprise

#juneauak #headinghome #pleasantsurprise

#juneauak #headinghome #pleasantsurprise

Jessica & Xavier

Yay for beautiful sunshine and wonderful weddings. This Saturday I had the pleasure of photographing Jessica & Xavier’s wedding day. These two are a blast and they’ve got a tight-knit group of friends which made for lots of fun hanging out under a waterfall during the wedding party photos.

I’m just posting a few highlights; I was on staff for Becoming Images this time around, so Penny will get images processed and posted as soon as her wedding season calms down.



Lawn Wildlife

Wildlife on the lawn as I was headed to work yesterday.

Wildlife on the lawn as I was headed to work yesterday.