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Favorite Images of 2016


Overall I think 2016 was a good year for me. I got to go to some amazing places including three of Wonders of the World: The Coliseum, Machu Picchu, and The Great Wall. It was a busy year and travel in many ways felt like my only escape. Work was incredibly busy. We also moved at the beginning of the year into a townhouse in NW Portland. I’m still extremely excited about our new place but it took a lot of energy moving in and getting situated. Between the move and work, I didn’t get time to do much personal photography other than what happened during travel which was a little bit of a bummer. In 2017 I am going to try and find time to improve my personal photos.  I recently purchased a drone and I’m excited to do some aerial photography with it. READ MORE

Favorite Images of 2015


2015 was a pretty interesting year. I got to travel to some amazing places. One of my favorite adventures was to Spain the birthplace of my great Grandfather. I got to go back to Iceland, one of my favorite places in the whole world. I finally got to photograph some local spots like Proxy Falls and the Bandon Coastline. Casey and I hit our 5th continent, Australia. We also visited New Zealand and the amazing Bali… (Images from that trip to come soon to this blog)

I branched out more with my photography. I spent some time trying to improve my skills with food photography and architectural photography. I also experimented with macro photography for the first time.

Casey and I ended the year by saying goodbye to our old condo and buying a new one. We are still in Portland and didn’t go far. Just about a mile North crossing Burnside Rd moving from a SW address to our new NW address. We spent almost a decade of our lives in our old condo. We now get to begin this year by moving into our new townhouse, and making it a home (a roomier home with a dedicated office space!).

Challenges of 2015: I probably spent only half as much time photographing in 2015 as I did in the previous year. However, the time I was behind the camera felt much more thoughtful and deliberate… I didn’t get out as much but I came away with more keepers.

One of the big challenges in my photography was moving from Aperture to Lightroom for all of my post processing and digital organization. For some this doesn’t sound like much. But for me it was quite a challenge. It took a number of months before I really felt comfortable with my post production. I’ve come away with this thought about the 2 programs. Aperture to me was a solid steady program from feature to feature. There were no outstanding tools.. but as a whole it was solid and fast. On the other hand Lightroom has incredible highs and incredible lows… some of the tools are outstanding… and others are terrible. I’m enjoying the highs… and trying to avoid the lows as I work on my images.

Best of 2015: As I do every year I go back through and look at my images and pick my favorites from the year. It is an exercise I learned from Martin Bailey. It is fun seeing what images made my final list. This year I had a more non-landscape images which was pretty interesting. I would like to continue photographing food and working on my lighting. I find the colors and tones in the images interesting. For the most part they are much bolder and earthier then in years past.

The following 10 images are listed in the order I took them with:


Portrait of my wife Casey. This was an experiment in lighting.

Howling Dog Sea Stack - Bandon Beach on the Oregon Coast

Howling Dog Sea Stack – Bandon Beach on the Oregon Coast

Morning window light streaming through a window in a room at the Nasrid Palace, Alhambra.

Morning window light streaming through a window in a room at the Nasrid Palace, Alhambra.


Iceland: Svörtuloft Lighthouse

Enlightened Waters

Enlightened Waters: Proxy Falls, Oregon

Edamame with Garlic Chili Sauce and Sesame Seeds

Edamame with Garlic Chili Sauce and Sesame Seeds


Boat traveling down the canal at sunset. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.



Giraffe poking it's head over the grasses

Experimentation with Macro Photography. This is Spot.


Casey standing below the tips of the Sydney Opera House and Sunrise.

Casey and I look forward to another wonderful year ahead. As we settle into our new home, we are starting things off slow with a few trips closer to home. I’m excited I get to photograph Antelope Canyon (a beautiful slot canyon in Arizona). After things settle we are going back to Italy and eventually hitting our 6th continent South America. This year has a lot of great things planned.

I wish you a wonderful 2016 ahead!

Adventures in Spain


Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been working on putting together a photo essay of my journey to Spain. I’m trying out a service called to put it together. I like it because I get a chance to share a lot more images than I normally would from a trip. It is as much about the photos as the story… I share images of the streets, attractions and food.

I would love for you to check it out and let me know what you think.

Click Here to View the Photo Story or Click on the photo above.

Holiday Card Portrait Special!

Family Portraits by Nick Nieto

While I was down in Medford I did some family Portraits for the Bates family in preparation for their 2014 Holiday cards. It was a lot of fun, and we got a number of great images for them.

I had such a good time and because I love getting cards in the mail during the holidays I’ve decided that this December I am going to be offering Holiday Mini-Portrait sessions for your family. For $60 you can have a 20 minute session. We will shoot at 1 location of your choice and within 24 hours I will provide 1 vertical and 1 horizontal image digitally that you can send off and have holiday cards made from. Cards are available at locations like,, and even Costco.

If want a more extensive shoot I would be happy to provide that option (pricing would be dependent on the details).

Please email or call to book!
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Merry Christmas Card / Family Portrait by Nick Nieto / Card by shutter fly

A sample of one of the card designs provided by Shutterfly.

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