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The Year in Review

01.01.2013
2013 is here and I couldn't be more excited! 2012 was a crazy year for me personally... I went through lots of changes and had a hard time staying focused, and unfortunately I didn't accomplish all that I had set out to. This year is going to be different!

Here are some highlights of 2012 via Instagram.

I went to London to speak at SWPP for the 2nd time (I'm bummed I'm not going back this year, but I am going to plan on it for 2014):

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After London, I spent a couple days in Paris. I hadn't been there since my 21st birthday.

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After 12 years in Mission Viejo, I moved to Ladera Ranch. A ton of my friends and clients live there, but since I don't have 2.5 kids, I don't really fit in and I am looking for a new place to call home.

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I was fortunate to shoot a few more destination weddings for some amazing couples. This one was down in Destin, Florida:

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This is just one of my favorite all time quotes. I truly believe that it's not what happens to you in life that matters, but how you react to it. I do my very best to stay positive at all times.

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I took this photo down in Old Town San Diego. I just like it!

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This was shot up in Northern California. Joe Photo & I were on a road trip and heading out to dinner when we drove by this church:

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I didn't play nearly enough poker this last year... too busy. But my dreams of becoming a wannabe professional poker player are still alive and well. I am really hoping to play in the WSOP again this summer.

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Art:

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Downtown LA:

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Downtown St. Louis:

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4th of July at the Gateway Arch:

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Took and epic road trip half way across the country this summer... saw some cool stuff like Christ of the Ozarks:

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... and the Cadillac Ranch:

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Went back to Taos and had a nice photo field trip at the Pueblo and surrounding areas:

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Route 66:

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Could be the most beautiful pregnant woman I've ever seen:

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I continued my role as "Super Uncle" to Caden & Addison:

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Finally got a new suit after shedding 70 pounds. Once I get down under 200 pounds I'm going shopping for a whole new wardrobe:

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Went back to Burning Man for the 5th time:

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Shot a wedding in Lodi earlier this year, returned in the fall to spend some time with them and really enjoyed shooting in their backyard:

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Napa Valley wedding:

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I shot a rehearsal dinner inside of Busch Stadium:

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And then a gorgeous wedding at St. Francis Xavier:

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I completed a photo-a-day project on Instagram:

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Saw the shuttle cruising through the streets of LA:

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Here are a few random faves:

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Went and saw "Book of Mormon" for my birthday which inspired my Halloween costume. Had a blast at the big parade in West Hollywood on Halloween night:

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Shot an amazing wedding for an old friend in the mountains outside of Denver:

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Spent a lot of time in my office.

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Another quote which I think works perfectly for The [ b ] School:

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Participated in Movember:

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Been spending a lot of time in El Segundo lately. I keep leaving my wallet there ;-)

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Fake snowy Christmas at the Grove has been a tradition for the last 7 years:

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The Griswold residence on Naples Island in Long Beach:

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Spent Christmas Eve with my best friend in the world.

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I am not one for resolutions, but I am a fan of goal setting. They say if you actually write your goals down and revisit them often, you are more likely to achieve them. Also publicly declaring them helps to keep you accountable, so here goes:

My 2013 goals:

One of my favorite quotes from John C. Maxwell is, "The greatest gap in the world is between knowing and doing". In 2013, I am going to become a doer! I have huge plans and I am not going to let anything stand in my way (including myself). Thanks for visiting my blog and I wish you all the best in the coming year!
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