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Our dear friends, Daniel and Cindy, had a baby and they let us take peechers!!! The three of them together is too much. You should look at them…


Daniel and Cinidy, if we could give you one piece of advice; love each other above all else. Don’t fall into the silly smokescreen that disposable vs cloth diapers, nursing vs formula, cry it out vs. sleeping together… that any of these things actually matter (they matter, but you know what I mean ;). You have one big goal ahead of you — love each other. Two parents who like and love each other openly tend to raise excellent children.

The wonderful thing about this piece of unsolicited advice is that you two have this area covered. It’s one of the reasons we’ve been so excited for the day you become parents. So when other mom’s on babycenter are bragging about their sleep schedules or how their kid eats better food, just remember that if you and Daniel are loving each other daily, everything else will fall into place. Baby Cassidy is one lucky, little girl. We love you three!


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Astami and Chan: part deux

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I met these two Indonesian New Yorkers after shooting their destination wedding in Bali a couple years ago. Then I shot this gnarly DR wedding in NYC last year for her friends’ (now my friends!) Julia and Ariel… and it’s their one year anni today!!!

Anyways, Ami is the “up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right” to Chan’s “B, A, start.

labor day weekend. oceanside.



















o hai guys!



frankie fracking four fingers.

Ami and Chan, Clive wants you to come back. So… come back ;)


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19Emily79 - The tall portraits of both of them. She looks stunning and the one of him looking down... FUCKING AMAZING!!!September 16, 2013 - 10:10 pm

divamum - sskkkkkyyyyyy..................!! Love, er, no numbers - the wide-shot of them walking with the big sky in the bg. Fanatastic!September 17, 2013 - 5:20 am

Joel J Photog - All in All, Rad job dude!September 17, 2013 - 6:21 am

RJ - I want to shoot weddings in Bali :(:(:( Great set of images!September 17, 2013 - 8:41 am

mjoshi - I like #16 from the setSeptember 17, 2013 - 10:20 am

The Heroism of Fostering: Sunshine

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IMG_0931Richelle Dante

I’ve heard it said that people foster because they have a bigger heart than a brain.

I met Richelle in Thailand/Cambodia for RPTE 2009. Shortly after, we met up with a bunch of photogs for RPTE 2010: China. Not that I’m her father or anything (heck, I’m younger, I think ;), but she’s grown into someone we’re incredibly proud to know.

Apart from greetings between friends, Richelle’s first statement to us was “yeah, there’s a reason it takes two people to create a baby…” That’s right; Richelle is a single foster mom… and a full time photographer. Hero.

So Richelle gave me a nice challenge. Foster children must remain unidentified on the internet — so no photos with Sunshine’s face. Sick of not having any photos to share of the two of them, Richelle asked if I could try and get some anonymous images. Showing the beauty and selflessness of fostering while maintaining anonymity is a little tricky — but I’ve been in love with fostering and adoption since I was a child. I knew I’d enjoy the experience :)

I grew up staying at my “Tia’s” house — and while “Tia” means “Aunt” in Spanish, my Tia was a robust and vivacious black woman on the poor side of town with tons of foster kids, the sweetest smile around, and a heart of pure gold. I hold foster parents right up there with military families that sacrifice years away at a time.

Richelle, I hope these images help you see what a wonderful thing it is that you’re doing ;)















To everyone out there who chooses to lovingly take on foster children, God bless you.



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Sara Lucero - Richelle!! I love seeing this. I love seeing light being shed on foster care... And dang, that's some beautiful light :)August 27, 2013 - 2:19 pm

Arnar Pétursson - Hey Bobby I stumbled upon your post about you getting better after being sick with Colitis and how you overcame it by using CBD. First of all I'm really happy for you that you found a "cure" for this terrible condition. Secondly I'm really curious about this since I myself have Crohn's disease and for the last 1 and a half year I've been trying to find ways to "cure" it using natural ways. I've been reading a lot about CBD and I really want to give it a try. I've been reading about ways to get it like buying marijuana high in CBD and low in THC and either vaporizing it or making tinctures with it. Unfortunately I live in a country where all marijuana is illegal and getting a prescription for it from a doctor would be near impossible, since all the pot grown here is street/underground with of course no government control. I wanted to ask you how you got the CBD into your system? Vaporize marijuana high in CBD, take drops, make tinctures or just basically smoke it? I'm also curious to know if you're still using it and how your Colitis is these days? Really hope you see this comment since I think I can learn a lot from what you've done regarding your condition. Best regards, Arnar from IcelandAugust 27, 2013 - 4:33 pm

Dani K. - These are beautiful. Given the subject, they are extra beautiful. I'm a photographer, in the process to adopt from the foster care system and I love seeing awareness raised for things like this!August 27, 2013 - 5:43 pm

Rica Goettsche - Goodness you make me wish I lived in Cali to get in on your awesomeness :DAugust 27, 2013 - 6:07 pm

Leah Geaga Sernas - This was beautifully done!August 27, 2013 - 6:07 pm

Bobby Earle - Thanks, Leah!August 27, 2013 - 6:09 pm

Tammara Terry - <3 Super well done <3August 27, 2013 - 6:09 pm

Kathy McGuire - Wish we would've done this while we were fostering.August 27, 2013 - 6:10 pm

Ryan Horban - nice work buddy!August 27, 2013 - 6:11 pm

Cindy Lowe - :)August 27, 2013 - 6:11 pm

Jennifer Marie Howell - Beautiful!August 27, 2013 - 6:12 pm

Josh Newton - Love this. Richelle you're so rad!August 27, 2013 - 6:13 pm

Michelle Arms - There's definitely something VERY special about a person who will give their life for a child that they may only know for such a short time. I am so impressed by you Richelle. And Bobby, you have captured this so beautifully in your photos and in the words you wrote.August 27, 2013 - 6:13 pm

Jen Palumbo - It surely helps me see all YOU have given to that baby and what Sunshine has given in return. Just beautiful...truly... August 28, 2013 - 10:41 am

Chantel Fox - He did such a great job!!August 28, 2013 - 10:42 am

Laura Bemboom - Oh, I love this! I'm so glad you gave him this challenge! Great images and what a BIG heart you have! <3 Sunshine is very lucky to have you!August 28, 2013 - 10:43 am

Julie Nievas-Barajas - Beautiful!August 28, 2013 - 10:43 am

Maegan Chester - Love thisAugust 28, 2013 - 10:44 am

Nikki Carlson - Beautiful!August 28, 2013 - 10:44 am

Amanda Woods - I absolutely love this! So precious!August 28, 2013 - 10:45 am

Janet Porch Dante - Your words and photos brought tears to my eyes. I'm so proud and love them both.August 28, 2013 - 10:45 am

Belinda Love - Awesome! Love this!!!August 28, 2013 - 10:46 am

Deanna Dalzell Chan - Thank you Richelle Dante for sharing her with us and allowing us to fall in love with her AND you thru your photos and stories. What an amazing person you are...August 28, 2013 - 10:46 am

Stephanie Gutierrez - love this.. thank you for sharing RichelleAugust 28, 2013 - 10:47 am

McKenna Pendergrass - These are so gorgeous Richelle!!!August 28, 2013 - 10:47 am

Richelle Dante - Bobby Earle, LOVE them! :DAugust 28, 2013 - 10:48 am

Ashley Tingley - So beautiful Richelle!! Love this <3August 28, 2013 - 10:49 am

Luis Godinez - Richelle, you are an amazing person.August 28, 2013 - 10:49 am

Bobby Earle - @Richelle: Yay!!! So glad you like them!August 28, 2013 - 10:50 am

@desirea_stottrodgers - Beautiful post.August 28, 2013 - 10:51 am

shababe - As a foster parent myself, I appreciate this post. I love my kidstagram and now that our son has moved on, it's like he never existed online. :/ great photos!!August 28, 2013 - 10:52 am

lot116 - Love it! My favorite client family has had multiple fosters..... two which are now legally theirs :D It's been awesome photographing them over the years, from fosters to their sons. Such an awesome thing ?August 28, 2013 - 10:53 am

richelledante - #howtohideafosterbaby :)August 28, 2013 - 10:54 am

richelledante - Love that last hash tag. #itstrueAugust 28, 2013 - 10:54 am

lot116 - @richelledante - Haha....and I'm sure it's killing Bobby not to be able to post her adorable face. The shoots I've done with fosters were always some of my fave, and trying to post pics not showing their faces was tricky....and I was always dying to show off their adorable faces ?August 28, 2013 - 10:55 am

richelledante - @lot116 I'm sure! I want to post her face all the time but its a fun challenge to see how many creative shots I can get of her without showing her face.August 28, 2013 - 10:55 am

Heath - lovely pics, and great story.October 16, 2013 - 8:41 pm

The Movie Theatre: A Clive First

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Clive officially lost his “cineminity” (aka “movinity“) last month.

According to the sixth frame below, he saw the face of God that day :)

Alcohol may be liquid courage for adults but white flips are edible patience for Clive.

Nothing special about this image other than I love when he wears his Cambodia shirts ;)

That crazy lady is Clive’s grandma — my mom :)

Laugh evert time I see this :)


Clive is a bit OCD. Or a lot OCD. Here he is sitting in each chair for a second, moving to the last chair — one at a time.

Getting him to sit again ;)





Fuji b3000 X B&W // Fuji 800Z X Color // VSCO Film 01 + 03

All in all, he stayed about 45 minutes in a movie he’d never seen before (the Lorax). Now it’s his favorite movie at home — tied or slightly behind the Sound of Music…


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Kristin - Love these! His expressions are priceless- great every day photos to cherish, inspires me to shoot with more than just the iphone around the house :) hope you're feeling better these days!August 27, 2013 - 5:41 am

RPTE Spotlight: Josh Newton

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Josh Newton.

Where do I begin. He’s one of my absolute best friends. If I were to have someone shoot my wedding, it’d be him. He’s a collective style photographer — and in that I mean his images are most impactful when seen in a set or series. He might be the kindest person I know — and I know a lot of remarkably kind people.

Bottom line, Josh is one of the best photographers and human beings on the planet. Whether he’s shooting Colbie Caillat’s album cover in California, leading Thirst Relief trips for water deprived Ugandans, or as you see here in South East Asia, Josh perfectly balances taking photography seriously and realizing that, in the end, we’re all just pressing a button — and I love that about him.

Josh has been on the Raddest Photo Trip Ever to Thailand and Cambodia a couple of times — here’s hoping he comes on more!

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>>>>>>>>>> A few sentences about yourself…

My name is Josh Newton, and I’m a professional wedding photographer that’s been in business for about 8 years. I’m obsessed with traveling and routinely make choices in life so I can save money on some things so that I can travel more.

>>>>>>>>>> What do you shoot with and what do you use to process your images?

I shoot with a 5dm3 and edit in LR4 and CS6. I do all of my color correction in LR and then do some fine tuning in PS if I need it.

>>>>>>>>>> Had you traveled internationally before or was this your first intl trip?

Before I started going on the RPTE, I had traveled to a lot of places – New Zealand, Haiti, Israel, all over Europe, Peru, and a few others. Going on a RPTE really opened my eyes up to SE Asia and how much I loved not only the landscape and feel of SE Asia, but how rad the people were. I’ve now made friends with many of the people in Thailand and Cambodia and they are so unique and I have loved getting to know them.

>>>>>>>>>> What tends to inspire you with your work?

Nature tends to inspire me the most in my photography. Being outdoors and backpacking is definitely where I find myself being most content and most at peace with the world. Whenever I’m out and about traveling, I always find myself obsessed with taking landscape photos and really feeling energized by it. When I’m around my home town and just hanging out, I LOVE using my iPhone and VSCO. The ability to take amazing photos and post instantly is incredible. But when I’m traveling overseas, you can’t take my camera from me. I love capturing every moment – from train rides to chilling in a cool hotel to sightseeing and hiking around.

>>>>>>>>>> Favorite memory from the trip?

My favorite part of every RPTE I’ve been on is riding elephants and sitting on their backs as they go into the river. Getting to wash them and swim with them is an experience that you just can’t have anywhere else. The power of those animals and their gentle strength is just incredible.

>>>>>>>>>> What made you want to go on the Raddest Photo Trip Ever?

Honestly knowing Bobby Earle was enough for me to want to go on a RPTE. I just love the guy and I know that sounds all goobery posting that on this blog, but it’s true. Getting to be around him for 2 straight weeks in a place he knows and loves was it. And I’ve never been disappointed =)

>>>>>>>>>> Now that you’ve been, what wouldn’t you pack on a future RPTE? 

One thing that I wished I hadn’t brought was pretty much everything other than a tank top, pair of shorts, and camera gear. That’s all you need while you’re over there! Moving around with luggage can be so cumbersome and I’ve found that most stuff you THINK you need in a warmer climate, you really don’t. If you can, I would bring two shirts, two pairs of underwear, and two pairs of shorts. All easily washable, all fast drying. Maybe some warm comfy clothes for the plane but that’s it!

>>>>>>>>>> Instead of telling people why they should come on the trip, why was this trip a good thing for you?

Going to Thailand and Cambodia is always eye opening for me. Not in some dramatic change your life instantly kind of way, but just in slightly altering your perspective on life and what matters. The people I’ve gotten to meet, the attitudes the locals have on life, the hours of conversations I get to have with all the other people on the trip, and the incredible scenery always has a positive effect on me. I come out of the Raddest Photo Trip Ever experiencing a fuller life, bigger vision, and inspired.

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