People and Portraits

Stout Maksimowicz Carmel Valley Wedding

A year and one day ago, I photographed Courtney Stout and Nick Maksimowicz in Carmel Valley, California. Their friends organized the wedding, rehearsal and reception. Courtney and Nick have good friends, and by the time I left the Monterey Peninsula, I felt that I had many more good friends too.   I often feel blessed […]


Beatitudes Society Fellows and Rev Anne Howard

When I first met Anne Howard, I lived in Santa Barbara, California and attended Trinity Episcopal Church. She served as the Associate Rector and I sat in the back of the church.  I would watch the Trinity families imagining the easy Sunday mornings when I could bring my future family to church. I left Santa […]


Therapy Dogs and St Francis

Today is the Feast Day of Francis of Assisi. Saint Francis is associated with nature and animals. Next Sunday, many churches will bless animals during Sunday service. Dogs have become increasingly important for people with epilepsy and other illnesses. I referred to dog therapy in my latest featured blog post for the Epilepsy Foundation of […]


WFTDA West Region Sun Delay

Delayed by the sun… The final two bouts of the WFTDA West Region Playoffs were postponed by an hour, because the sunlight interfered with the skaters’ ability to skate. Sporting events have been delayed and canceled for many weather related incidents, but I have never photographed one postponed by sunlight. When it happened Sunday, everyone was […]


Laura Gilbert Portraits

Laura Robertson Gilbert has been my friend since our older children attended the same preschool. Laura is friendly and engaging. I always enjoy talking with her. When Laura asked if I would be available to photograph her for a new project, I was excited. At a minimum, I would be able to spend more time […]


Mothers of an Angel Year 4

This week I photographed the Mother of an Angel Friendship Network. It was the fourth consecutive summer visiting the support group. I have grown attached to these women. I have collected great memories and gained insight each visit.   Each year is different. This year felt more like a family reunion. We met at Woodward Park and somehow organized the […]


Before I Die

I want to smile more (maybe even laugh). Earlier this month, I found the “Before I die” mural in downtown Reno. The Black Rock Arts Foundation installed two interactive murals in downtown Reno and I photographed one with my phone. This phrase was a variation of the question I have been asking myself on the eighth […]


The New Masters of Educational Technology

Four years ago today, I completed my Master’s Degree in Educational Technology. I submitted my research project and final thesis on August 8, 2008 to coincide with the twenty year anniversary of Marshal McLuhan‘s book “Laws of Media: The New Science.” McLuhan was a popular media or technology critic in the 1960’s. His arguments are still relevant. […]


Napa Valley Oxbow Public Market

Napa seems far away from Oakland.  Napa Valley is not really part of the Bay Area, but Napa is closer to Oakland than other Bay Area cities. If traffic is light, I can make it to Napa in about an hour. On Friday, I went to Napa to spend the night with my wife. We […]


On a Mission to Santa Barbara

I attended UCSB and lived in Santa Barbara for twelve years. Two weeks ago, I returned with my daughter to meet many of my good friends. I wanted her to meet the people who shaped me and to learn how to create community. We visited my old school and my old church. My daughter met […]


Vapiano Restaurant – Washington DC

About three years ago, I changed my diet. I forgot how much I enjoyed restaurants until my recent visit to Washington, D.C. when I ate at Vapiano three times. The last two times I photographed the chefs. Gallery In 2011, during a family visit to Washington, DC, my wife and two children found Vapiano.  My kids still […]


Famous Wayne Shoe Shine

Kenny has been shining shoes in downtown San Francisco for more than thirty years. Famous Wayne Shoe Shine is “world famous.” Famous Wayne lives across the San Francisco Bay in Oakland, California and commutes into the city. I had my shoes shined during a Society for Photographic Education conference. The SPE national conference was in San Francisco […]


Penn Station Baltimore Maryland

Just as I am about to lose faith, I meet someone like Tyrone. I am in the Washington, D.C. Metro area for the 2012 National Walk for Epilepsy. Yesterday, I flew into Baltimore Washington International Airport.  I spent the night in Baltimore and took the MARC train this morning from Baltimore’s Penn Station to Union Station. Since I visited […]


Three Birthday Parties

I have two little kids. My kids have friends. Their friends have birthday parties. For a few years, I attended  birthday parties nearly every weekend. I often brought my camera. One of my son’s friends, Vivian, has had three parties at three different East Bay birthday party hot spots. Each year, she wore the same […]


Leon Family Portrait Session

On Sunday, I photographed the Leon family. During Alice and Rich Leon’s 35 year marriage, the couple has created a wonderful family.  Alice and Rich have two daughters and a few grandchildren. All three generations were at the house for the photo session. Alice wanted to reproduce a family photo taken about twenty years ago […]


Snowboarding at China Peak

Children learn how to snowboard and ski at China Peak snow resort in the Sierra Nevada mountains.


Return to Pigasus Mountain

Brenda Morgan teaches children to ride horses in Auberry, California


Birthday for a Tweenager

Early this morning, my wife and I were reminiscing about our early parenting days. We remembered our first night at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, California.  Our tiny daughter screamed for hours. We finally allowed a nurse to take Emily so that we could rest.  The next two weeks were just as exhausting… except we […]


Photographing Diversity

Photographing diversity, especially in education, requires an ability to understand culture and technique.


Kimberley Libecki Mother of Photgraphy Project

I wanted to honor my friend Kim Libecki on her birthday today. I often describe her as a “Mother of an Angel,” but she is also a wonderful mother to three other children. She and I have been friends since high school. When I left for college, she started a family and our lives went in […]


Epiphany for The Beatitudes Society

In some cultures, January 6 is Epiphany. As with personal epiphanies, the holiday is a little more complicated. The holiday can last several days or it can start on different dates. Epiphanies rarely start when expected, even when placed on the calendar. Last Fall, I photographed Rev. Anne Howard and The Beatitudes Society’s leadership team while they […]


Stout Maksimowicz Wedding Day Portrait Session

NOTE: These photos were updated on 12/12/12, primarily because of site changes that a viewer can’t see. All of these were outtakes from the wedding of Courtney Stout and Nick Maksimowicz on December 10, 2012. Last weekend, I photographed the Carmel Valley, California wedding of Courtney Stout and Nick Maksimowicz. I also photographed their rehearsal and portrait […]


Photo Booth and Facebook Tagging

The last two months, I have transitioned from my old TypePad blog to a new WordPress blog. I am still sentimental about my TypePad blog, but I wanted an application that would continue improving. With my new BryanFarleyPhotography WordPress blog, my images are sharper and my posts are easier to locate on the internet. While I […]


Pigasus Horse Riding Ranch

When my wife and I drove up to the Pigasus Horse Ranch for our children’s riding lesson, I asked my wife if she had ever wanted to ride horses as a kid. I was surprised by her response. “Of course, every girl wants a pony.” My mother and step-father live a few miles from the […]