Friday, October 10, 2014





LOVE this Italian NBA Magazine layout of images from my hoop the american dream book!   SO well done!





















Thank you #GlazersCamera for having me!

Thank you #KenmoreCamera and #Nikon for asking me to speak at the 2013 Digital Photo Expo, largest photo show on the West Coast!



SO honored to be a #NikonAmbassador for the greatest camera company in the world, #Nikon!   I shoot with these amazing cameras, the #D4s, #D4 and #D800.

Friday, April 25, 2014

My Book #hoop at the #Women'sFinalFor in #NASHVILLE!
I'm Speechless! (and that doesn't happen often!)
I had the honor of having my images from my coffee table book, hoop, as the backdrop for the award ceremony at the WBCA (Women's Basketball Coaches Association).  My images were displayed randomly over a period of two hours.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dONX8Ltda4Q

NIKON AMBASSADOR!
SO excited to be asked to be a Nikon Ambassador for United States for the second year in a row!   Love my Nikon Cameras, and love representing the very best camera company in the world!

http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Learn-And-Explore/Article/hjbkugwt/robin-layton.html

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

NIKON COOLPIX P7800

I am so honored to be an Ambassador for the greatest company in the world, NIKON!

They recently sent me the Nikon Coolpix P7800 to try out. (Thank you Nikon!)

The first thing I noticed about it was, how light it was and how great it felt in my hands. It’s compact/small and fits into my pocket or small section of my camera bag. Which is a HUGE plus as my bag is usually pretty full.   : )

It’s pretty easy to use and it has a beautiful Nikkor zoom lens - 28mm to 200 mm. It’s an F2 lens which is great in low light. 

Here are some other features I like about the camera:

The flip out LED screen – this is great when you are shooting something that is taller than you or when you want to shoot something low to the ground.  It allows you to see what you are shooting and still be in a comfortable shooting position.

Menu is easy to use

Image stabilization – It has VR image stabilization built in that minimizes the  effects of camera shakes.  Which really helps you to get sharp images.

Great to use for shooting video as well, Full HD 1080p videos! I like to use it for “B Roll” when shooting a short film or event.  I’ll put my main camera, Nikon D4 or D800 on a tripod and roam with the P7800.  It’s unobtrusive which is great for me as it helps me to not be noticed while filming in public spaces.

The P7800 is so light and compact, I can easily take it anywhere.   When I’m at home, it’s nice to have for those quick candid moments, especially since it’s great in low light!  Which comes in handy as some of my favorite subject matters to photograph are our dogs!

Great Image quality

I like that since it has a flip out LED screen, you can protect the screen by stowing it away when you are not using it.  

Camera Modes  - I don’t usually use scene modes, but there are several modes in this camera that are really fun to use.   Below are a couple photos I took illustrating them.

EFFECTS Mode

Selective Color - You can select a color you want to highlight and the rest of the photo is black and white.




SCENE Mode

Pet Portrait - one of my favorite subject matters is our rescue dog, Georgie!)



Landscape (be sure to try out the panorama feature too!)



THE NIKON COOLPIX P7800 IS A MUST HAVE!  ENJOY!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Thursday, January 9, 2014

See you at Winston Wächter Fine Art Gallery

I am showing at Winston Wächter Fine Art Gallery from January 8 until February 27! It is a beautiful gallery space, stop by and have a look.









AND if that was not enough fun! "hoop: the american dream" was featured on KIRO TV Seattle Insider, go see the slideshow here.



 And interviewed by Kiro TV. Exciting!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Thrilled to have my photo published of #Oprah at her home in Montecito, CA with her dogs in my favorite section of
 "What I Know For Sure" in #OMagazine!


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Pinch me!

So much fun today recording a segment for King 5 Evening Magazine with Michael King about hoop: the american dream, airing next Tuesday night! NO... I'm NOT short, it just looks that way cuz I'm on a downward slope!





Saturday, September 14, 2013

Many things goin' on

Right now my life has been taken over with the release of my book- "hoop: the american dream". Have you been keeping up with the shooting hoop blog that follow me on my adventure? While we were making this incredible trek across the U.S. shooting hoops, we kept notes and now I get to blog about every day of this adventure. Today was remembering when we adopted *three* dogs. Kim and I read this blog and still can't believe that we actually made this trip, shot all of those basketball hoops, adopted three dogs and lived to tell the tale!

On September 3, 2013, I met Jason Collins at the 2nd Annual A Plus Youth Program, “Principles to Live By Gala”. The mission of the A Plus Youth Program is to use sports as a vehicle to provide the educational resources and character development necessary for student-athletes to succeed in life. We had a great night there and I signed and sold books, and posters and met some new friends.



Next week, I am teaching at creativeLIVE Photo Week. The best and brightest photographers working today, connecting you with your heroes in real time. Broadcast over six days, Photo Week is one of the most ambitious events the photography industry has ever seen.

I am getting settled into my new home. Lots of moving, remodeling, unpacking. Had a big birthday party (50!) at my new place last month with many friends flying in from all over to help me celebrate. Will blog about that adventure later.

Tonight, I am busy signing books at the Seattle Storm game. Woo Hoo.

Friday, August 23, 2013

A Plus Youth Program

I'm so excited to be a guest speaker along with Jason Collins, at the 2nd Annual A Plus Youth Program, "Principles to Live By Gala" in Seattle, September 3, 2013!

I will be sharing behind the scenes stories and where I got my inspiration for my upcoming book, hoop: the american dream.

The mission of the A Plus Youth Program is to use sports as a vehicle to provide the educational resources and character development necessary for student-athletes to succeed in life. To learn more about how you can help A Plus Youth Program, visit their website, www.aplusyouthprogram.org.

See you there?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Nikon Ambassador!



It's a privilege and honor to have been asked to represent Nikon as an ambassador for the United States! I am one of 16 photographers to receive this honor — the first time Nikon has done this in the U.S.

Nikon has been a part of my life for over 30 years and I am extremely grateful for this amazing opportunity! Thank you Nikon!

http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Learn-And-Explore/Nikon-Ambassadors/index.page

PRESS RELEASE

"Nikon Ambassadors are some of the most talented and influential visual artists working in the business today. These gifted, spirited storytellers go above and beyond most, and are admired for their passion, energy and commitment to their craft. Their investment in, and trust, of the Nikon brand are cornerstones to their image making abilities. 

As a loyal partner, a Nikon Ambassador’s commitment and contributions to the photographic industry throughout their careers have influenced and inspired photographers around the world. Their desire to educate and empower other image-makers around them has become a part of their daily business. From workshops to trade show platforms, online learning and social media, Nikon Ambassadors represent the most versatile and ambitious photographers today and are respected around the globe for their vision and accomplishments. 

The dedication to advancing the art of visual storytelling while embracing and mastering the latest technologies and trends in the field are paramount to these photographers being selected as Nikon Ambassadors. As the top visual storytellers of this era, their advanced techniques, unprecedented creativity and tenacious approach to imaging solutions is demonstrated assignment after assignment, each and every time they pick up a Nikon camera."

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Dreams do come true

This time last year, after a month on the road, Kim and I were pulling up to my driveway with a van full of dogs, basketball hoops, photography equipment, thousands of photographs and a dream that I would publish my book in a year.

My book 'hoop: the american dream™' is available for preorder now on Amazon and Barnes&Noble. The website, hoop the american dream is up and running. I have started a blog to document my adventure. Go check it all out!