I went with the Executive Officer, Navy Information Operations Command Georgia to an annual JROTC inspection at a local school and the images were featured on Navy Visual News. This is one of few images of mine featured by big Navy. It motivates me to know that I am progressing in my work.

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My article NIOC Georgia Sailors Take Part in Annual Tribute to the Fallen Run was featured on by the Navy Visual News. The event in the article was a lot of fun to photograph and document. The run is in it’s eight year and shows the armed forces dedication to their fallen brother and sisters.

NIOC Georgia Sailors Take Part in Annual Tribute to the Fallen Run

NIOC Georgia Sailors Take Part in Annual Tribute to the Fallen Run

I was recently given the opportunity to shoot a U.S. Navy Chief pinning ceremony at Navy Information Operations Command Georgia and the images were featured on Navy Visual News. It’s very exciting to get such global recognition.

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FORT GORDON, Ga. (Sept. 14, 2012) Newly pinned Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Brandon Riggio receives his combination cover during the chief petty officer (CPO) pinning ceremony held at Navy Information Operations Command Georgia. Twenty-one new CPOs were pinned at the ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Seaman Robert A. Hartland/Released)

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FORT GORDON, Ga. (Sept. 14, 2012) Chief Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Steven Haefcke is piped aboard after receiving his anchors during a chief petty officer (CPO) pinning ceremony at Navy Information Operations Command Georgia. Twenty-one new CPOs were pinned at the ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Seaman Robert A. Hartland/Released)

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The previous image was also featured on the Navy’s Facebook page.

Whatever your big plan is, whether you’re working on a big project, or you’ve had an idea for a while now but haven’t had the guts to implement it, you can make it a reality. To start off you simply have to believe in your idea. It may have been stewing in your head for a while, and therefore much of the finer details might already have been ironed out by now.

Believe it can be done - Generally the biggest hurdle we have is our own mindset. We believe that something cannot be achieved, and therefore we don’t bother giving it a try, and instead run off to play Angry Birds or PartyPoker. Believe in your ability to get something done, and it will happen.

Don’t be intimidated by it - We are all victims of doubts and fears. And sometimes the sheer scale of a project can be enough to put you off entirely. Don’t let it. Get more people involved to help out, and make sure you know every detail before you begin implementing it.

Plan out every aspect
- Planning is the most important aspect. When something isn’t properly organized, your idea can become a shambles. Write out contingency plans for every eventuality, brain storm every small thing that can go wrong, and plan each and every stage of implementation from beginning to end. That way if you go off schedule or have a problem, you at least know where you’re going with it.

Have a back-up plan - Things are going to go wrong. Have a back-up plan just in case your initial plans are completely infeasible. Having a non negotiable plan causes nothing but trouble, if you’re for example, designing.

My article How To Make Innovative Ideas Happen has been published in the new Smashing eBook “Modern Web Design and Development“. This eBook will be offered in the Apple Bookstore for just 99 Cents.


A note from the Smashing Magazine team about the eBook:

We’re seeing better interaction design and more aesthetically pleasing designs. And we’re seeing more personal, engaging and memorable sites, too. But what exactly is making the difference? What new directions is Web design heading in today? What new techniques, concepts and ideas are becoming important? This eBook contains 16 articles that cover current as well as upcoming Web design trends. It also includes facts on responsive Web design, improving Web security, useful coding tips and practices for HTML5 and CSS3, and much more! This eBook on ‘Modern Web Design and Development’ touches on what Web designers should be ready for to keep abreast of new challenges and opportunities. These articles have been published on Smashing Magazine in 2010 and 2011 and are known to be the best on professional Web design and development.
— Thomas Burkert, Smashing eBook Editor

Table of contents:

  1. Preface
  2. Responsive Web Design: What It Is and How to Use It
  3. HTML5: The Facts and the Myths
  4. Mastering Photoshop: Unknown Tricks and Time-Savers
  5. “What Font Should I Use?”: 5 Principles for Choosing Typefaces
  6. Persuasion Triggers in Web Design
  7. Designing for iPhone 4 Retina Display: Techniques and Workflow
  8. What to Do When Your Website Goes Down
  9. Commonly Confused Bits of jQuery
  10. Why We Should Start Using CSS3 and HTML5 Today
  11. Why Design-by-Committee Should Die
  12. The Current State of Web Design
  13. A Design Is Only as Deep as It Is Usable
  14. Web Security: Are You Part of the Problem?
  15. How to Make Innovative Ideas Happen
  16. I Want to Be a Web Designer When I Grow Up
  17. Making Your Mark on the Web Is Easier than You Think
  18. The Authors

After a long day of shooting the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro in Trestles (San Clemente, CA), I grabbed a few dozen images to share. The waves were smaller than usual but the bunch from Brazil managed to pull some amazing air maneuvers. From 360 grabs to Superman, I captured it all.

My article A Guide To Seamless Website Redesign has been published at Noupe.com! Read about the article below.

An inherent problem with owning a web site is that styles come and go on the internet fast as (or faster than) the real world. A web site can look out-of-date very fast if it is not being constantly maintained. Do you need to refine your online presence? A web site redesign may be just what the doctor ordered.


It was a shame that comments were accidentally closed by the publisher, so the comments are low on this one.

In the recent months I have had the opportunity to work on many projects, but recently broke some new ground with a mobile website for Cheeseburger in Paradise. This was an exciting project worth mentioning due to the fact that it only catered to smart phone users in coordination with marketing efforts at their restaurants nationwide.


In a national campaign, Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurants partnered with beverage makers to run a promotional campaign using MS Tag. By scanning a flier at one of the restaurants 31 locations, users were directed to a video and additional information on contest entry. By ordering one of two signature drinks or joining in a photo submission contest, participants could win an all-inclusive trip to Cancun, Mexico. In addition, all participants qualify for a free appetizer card in the process.

The result of the campaign was great exposure to restaurant patrons, increased participation in the clients contest and the company’s first leap into the mobile realm. I am very proud of the campaign, the design and had a great time working on this project. Instead of doing a text only or downgraded experience, the website was packed with company branding and adjusted for landscape and portrait modes for iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry. See the website design below.



During the last few years I have been fortunate enough to be a part of the Yelp Elite. This has increased my passion for writing reviews, put me in contact with other foodies and brought opportunities to party for free at Elite only events.

Why do you care? Some business owners and reviewers have no idea with Elite group of members exist and that Yelp partners with buisnesses to throw such events. Learning more about Yelp and it’s Elite members could help you or your business in the future. For more information, check out the links below.

I have been busy the last few months publishing a few books for personal use on Blurb, which is an amazing cost-effective resource for self-publishing. If you would like to take a gander, I have included some previews below. Using their service has been an amazing experience and even more overwhelming to hold a “coffee table” hardcover book with your own photography on premium paper in your hands. I am happy with my recent work and it has sparked amazing conversation when people come over and open the cover.

I encourage you to view the books in “full screen” by clicking the  expand icon to the left of the Blurb logo in the preview.