Friday, April 15, 2011

Be The Light

This short film of Racheal's recovery after her spinal injury is a look into her spirit and determination during the first stage of her new journey. She is an inspiration and continues to amaze us all.

Please watch/share and be the light. More about her story at:

A film by Campfire Creative
Filmed + Directed by Guru Khalsa
Produced + Edited by Dugan O'Neal

Through my documentation of this story and others like it I have become in love with the power of film and video and am 100% on board with the Platypus Movement of stil photographers going to video.

***Any donations can be sent to Rachael Short at her P.O. box 6445 Carmel 93921***

***************You can view Rachael's photographs at***************

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wedding Season Finale

With some quiet moments and a few loud ones too, this years very busy wedding season ends. It ends on a high note at Gayle + Toben's magical Autumn ceremony and reception in Palo Alto, California. Congrats to you both!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wedding Season

With summer upon us and the fall season at around the corner wedding season is in full stride. I have been enjoying photographing and filming weddings. Celebrating with couples in Carmel, Sacramento, San Francisco and even Ireland has been a treat. It is such an honor to help create and capture these memories that will be cherished forever.

Looking forward to creating more wedding photography and films through the fall and launching the new Weddings by Guru website this winter to go along with my new logo designed by Damon Anderson.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Costa Rica + Walking Tree

I had the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica with to document a Discovery program for two weeks. Walking Tree Travel guides 15 high school students through 2,3 and 4 weeks programs to foreign countries where they experience the culture, language, and the views while traveling around the country as well as doing a homestay with local families and doing a service project. All photos can be seen here with password: costarica ... enjoying the journey!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Aging in Isolation

I recently journeyed to Co. Clare, Ireland with Justin Weiler and John Murillo to explore the effects of aging in isolation and how the community is combating this problem. Kathleen Ryan was one of the older people we interviewed. She has lived alone in a small house for two and a half years since her husband went to live in a nursing home. He past away a few months ago and now it is just her.

Some of the biggest challenges she faces revolve around getting food and social stimulation. The local Family Resource Center that helps her get groceries and attend weekly social functions of tea and learning opportunities is facing budget cuts and may soon not be able to help her with these things. Without them it will cost her 35 Euro ($50) to get a taxi to do just about anything as there are no buses where she lives.

Kathleen was one of many older people facing this isolation in Co. Clare and all over the world. Discarding the stories and wisdom of the older generations is not unique to any one place and is one of the biggest cultural mistakes of our day.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Aishling + Paul Maloney

Aishling and Paul were married in Spanish Point, Co. Clare Ireland on May 15th. I flew out to document the week with my teammates Justin Weiler and John Murillo. Here are two quiet moments from a loud week of music and laughter that the short film we shot will reflect. Edits coming soon.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Ireland Update

Half way through the Ireland adventure and it has been great thus far. We have been filming loads of footage and have two more big days coming up. Interviews tomorrow and a wedding on Saturday. Found some time to return to my roots and create these two still images. The poet, Padraig Huagh and the seashore in Galway. Enjoy the journey.