Outdoor portrait of Roger Aguirre SmithLet’s be clear, I am not a nomadic traveler exploring the far corners of this amazing hurdling sphere. I’m just a guy with a camera and an ego that thinks it’s got something to say. Sometimes what it expresses is visual, sometimes it is through words. Regardless, an ego’s got to do what an ego’s got to do.

By day I am a web developer, photographer and videographer or to put it more professionally, I am the Director of Digital Media at Moxxy Marketing. Code or composition, I stare at things a lot.

I cut my teeth in the world of fine art black and white photography. Medium- and large-format were my tools. Prepping 4×5 film holders before a photographic road trip with friends was a meditation above all others.

I spent countless hours, nay, days, nope, years, in my 25-square-foot darkroom that included my washing machine. I cranked out some beautiful split-toned jewels in that space. I have silver gelatin prints languishing in those expensive Light Impressions gallery boxes matted and ready to outlive me…while likely never seeing the light of day again.

I shifted to a toolbelt that include a 35mm DSLR shortly after I decided I did not want to spend 8 hours or more of my sunny weekend days off in my shoebox-of-a-darkroom. I wanted to be outside to soak up the glorious rays of the sun. I wanted to be out paddling my kayak exploring this amazing central California coastline.

My passion does not testify to my IQ mind you. I can confirm that saltwater and electronics don’t mix. Nevertheless you can find me either in the water, on the water or photographing out into the water…sometimes you can find me under the water.

I am for hire. I take pictures and I write things about the pictures I take. See that form down at the bottom of this page…have a project in mind? Do it.

What I’ve been up to


“Surfing to Big Sur”
The Paddler 38 Autumn/Fall 2017 Cover & Story
November 2017

“The Ride”
The Paddler 38 Autumn/Fall 2017 Story/Images
November 2017

“Neptune’s Rangers—The Hunt for Neptune’s Castle”
Paddle World
Volume 13,  2017


“A nova onda do mar
Go Outside
December 2016

“Kayak Surfing with Bill Vonnegut”
Cover Photo
The Paddler
Issue 31, Late Summer 2016

2014-2015 — The Film to Digital Transition Years


“8 x 10 Fundraising Exhibition
October 19, 2013 through November 9, 2013
Opening reception 4-6pm October 19, 2013
Center for Photographic Art
Carmel, California


Portfolio Reviewer
2012 Exposure: A Weekend of Workshops
Center for Photographic Art
November 2-4, 2012

“A Conversation with Roger Aguirre Smith
An interview with rfotofolio.com in three parts
October 2012
Part One: “Texture, Form, and Light”
Part Two: “It’s the Process”
Part Three: Conclusion

Guest Portfolio Presentation
Wildcat Studio Nude Workshop – Kim Weston Photography
September 15, 2012


The Monterey Pine Book – Coastal California’s Living Legacy
Publication: Published 6/2011
Pine Nut Press
The Monterey Pine Forest Watch
P.O. Box 505
Carmel, CA. 93921

San Miguel Mission Book
Weston Photography
Publication: Published 9/2011


“Unique Images—A Shared Vision
An ImageMakers of Monterey Group Exhibit
February 26, 2009 to April 8, 2010
Opening reception 7-9pm February 26, 2010
The Pacific Grove Art Center


“Luminosity—The Art of Image–Making
An ImageMakers of Monterey Group Exhibit
December 12, 2009 through February 20, 2010
Opening reception 4-6pm December 12, 2009
Center for Photographic Art
Carmel, California

Auction Exhibition – Spectrum Art Gallery
October 1, 2009 through October 24, 2009
Print Auction Event 5pm October 24, 2009.
Spectrum Art Gallery
608 East Olive Avenue, Fresno, California

2009 Center for Photographic Art Juried Exhibition
September 19, 2009 through December 4, 2009
Opening reception 4-6pm September 19, 2009.
Center for Photographic Art
Carmel, California

“Photographers of the Monterey Peninsula”
April 2, 2009 through April 26, 2009
Opening reception 2-5pm April 4th.
Spectrum Art Gallery, Fresno, California

“Portfolios One”
Two man exhibition – Brett Thomas and Roger Smith
January 9, 2009 through February 12th, 2009
Opening reception 7-9pm January 9th
Pacific Grove Art Center
Pacific Grove, California


“Photographs: In Conversation with Robinson Jeffers”
October 10, 2008 through January 4, 2009
Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, California


MagnaChrom Magazine: Portfolio Feature
Publication: Volume 1, Issue 6

“Focus on Nature” – The ImageMakers
Pacific Grove Natural History Museum
Pacific Grove, California

“Tranquility in the Landscape”
California Large Format Photographers
Canessa Gallery
San Francisco, California