Beautiful baby Helen is here! I absolutely love how communities like Main Street Mamas bring us together. Congratulations, Kate and Marty on your incredible daughter!
Shannon (Snubs!) is in my camera, and it looks like we should turn this into an annual tradition. You may have seen her in my feed with fire hair, but her brand has evolved alongside her purple locks.
We toured Polk Street and wandered into some of the best places - Bob's Donuts, Saint Franks Coffee and more. I look forward to seeing Shannon everywhere you can find her: https://snubsie.com will lead you to TekThing, ThreatWire, Hak5, and of course her very own Snubs Report.
I love how her photos came out, not to mention we got some silly/artsy shots in while catching up. :)
Paul Love and I often talk about passion and how to make dreams turn into reality. I personally believe that compelling personalities have a willingness to throw themselves into that said passion with their whole heart. It matters less what the passion is, and it matters more to simply have one and own it... and when you go full immersion, that's when the magic happens.
In Paul's case, he is an avid sports fisherman. The man literally lives and breathes the sport in a way that networks like-minded individuals via shared stories, insights & perspectives, reflecting mutual respect for one another. Through Local Water, Paul aims "to expose our sport in the truest form of passion possible" through the eyes of anyone who shares the same passion for fishing.
We met for a set of portraits in San Francisco's Pacific Heights on a cloudy day and came up with some great shots that reflect Paul's goals for Local Water. And because we're friends who laugh a lot while catching up, I also took some just-for-fun photos, even testing out a new prism with my lens on a rooftop. :) Here are some of my favorites. Enjoy!
To see more about Paul's Local Water brand made for the every day angler, click here.
You may or may not have noticed, but I've had a short hiatus from formally shooting with clients since April. I'm happy to share with you what's been keeping me busy during this time off -- my baby girl, Alexandra Quinn. She is about 1 month old now and we've been adjusting to a family of 4 and re-acquainting ourselves with joining team-no-sleep!
Since newborn photography is one of my specialties, I absolutely loved being on the other side as a mommy. It's hard for moms to put themselves together so early after giving birth. Taking a shower is a luxury, and doing your hair and makeup is ridiculously hard to do when you're constantly sticking a boob in a little baby's face. And let's not get started about finding a dress to wear if you haven't already purchased one before the baby arrived. Ugh. I have a deep appreciation for my clients who choose to invest in a newborn lifestyle session, because it's a commitment to making memories for yourselves and the kids. In that manner, I wanted to take my own advice.
I also pride myself on teaching and mentoring. Ever since I've been learning, I've loved helping others to learn. This time, I had Tiffany Ho join me at my home. She's amazing and has been my assistant and associate photographer on client shoots over the past year. We walked through all the poses I typically shoot, worked on lighting strategy, and I was able to mentor in managing newborns with their wakeful/sleepy temperaments. I also have a ton of solo shots of the baby girl, but we will save those for another day.
Here are a few of our favorite shots of my very own family. Thanks for reading & looking in on these pictures - they mean a ton to me and I can't wait to resume shooting in July for other families experiencing the same joy my husband, Cory & first-born, Noah feel now. :) xo
Congratulations to WordPress & Automattic on the launch of their new swag store! I had the great honor of shooting some of their merchandise photos with their amazing models-slash-employees contracted by Monstro.Tv. Here are some of our favorites -- and of course, visit the swag store to pick up your own shirts: https://mercantile.wordpress.org
The vibe at Flora Grubb in San Francisco is amazing. Such beautiful, green life all around with a little Ritual Coffee shop nestled right in the middle. I visited during a quick break in the rain, and it was just so... relaxing.
Tiffany and Al frequent this neighborhood and met for some quick snaps. Check out some of my favorite scenes from around Flora Grubb Gardens below.
This shoot is near and dear to my heart. First of all, we love the Keefer family -- our kids have played together since they were under a year old and since becoming friends, 4 kids between our families have appeared! Second, this was my very last shoot before going on maternity leave, and it was bittersweet to take some time off simply because I love being behind the camera looking at these sweet faces all the time.
Emily hesitantly smashed her little pink cake and the older kids couldn't get enough of helping her finish off the dessert (including Dad). And after it all, we were having so much fun that we continued the party at Pizza My Heart for a quick dinner before saying goodbye for the evening.
Finally, I couldn't help but to share this bonus photo of our son, Noah and Emily's big sister, Audrey taking in the cake. Toddlers are so funny. They're like little, sweet scavengers... :)
Special thanks to my husband, Cory for assisting!
This family is just the right balance of cute & silly! We spontaneously met at the Palace of Fine Arts just before the holiday season for their Christmas card, and it was one of the most fun mini sessions I've had! Great to meet you, Monica & family! Here are some of my favorites from our whirlwind family portrait session: