I'm so glad you found me! I'm a San Francisco photographer, and this blog charts my journey in the ever-evolving world of photography. One of the things I love about photography is that it's a journey, not a destination. I'm constantly learning and meeting wonderful people. Please peruse the blog to your heart's content, then check out my website and feel free to contact me! (I love hearing from you.)

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow." – Imogen Cunningham

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” – Edward Steichen

Back with some Cats!

Oh, guys, I've missed you! I never meant to be away for so long, it was just one thing and another, and I stayed away from the computer, then the internet was down, and then I worked on some blog posts and was interrupted and never finished them.

All this to say, life has interfered with blogging. A sad state of affairs, I agree.

But I'm back, with some more adoptable cats. I know that's what you've been wanting, I do. Only the best for you!

I hope you're all looking forward to whatever your New Year's Eve plans are. Evan and I are trying to decide between maybe going to a couple of parties, or maybe staying home and being lame alone together. Popping some bubbly, sitting back on the couch with Mouse and Chee (no bubbly for them, sorry guys!) and just hanging out the two of us.

But we might decide that's just too lame, even for us. We'll see. 

So anyway, have a look at some cats, and then tell me what you're doing tonight. I'd love to hear your plans!

This is Peony. She is super sweet; I almost took her home. She crawled on my lap after about two minutes of introductions. And she's so pretty. I have a weakness for gray kitties.

 And this doll is Shae. She's a little shy, but also really sweet. She likes being held and she appreciates a good head scratch.

This one's appropriately named - Sheba. She's energetic and definitely meant to rule her roost. And she's so beautiful.

 Last but not least is little Karl. He's a spunky kid; he's got so much energy and such a small spot to hang out in at the shelter - I hope he gets picked up soon. He'd make a great pet for someone willing to work through the kitten phase with him.
 How can you resist those eyes?

As always, you can find the ACC cats on Petfinder here. They're having a special - 50% off all adoptions through today. Happy browsing!

Chee's Newest Pastime

I came home today to discover that Chee had pushed two wine glasses into the sink. One glass survived, the other? Not so much. These were glasses that I absolutely fell in LOVE with while I was a poor college student in Montreal. I bought 4 of them, the most that I could afford at the time, and then a friend broke one.

I was a little heartbroken. To console me, another friend bought me a replacement glass, and so did my mother. That left me with five, which until recently had been sitting in storage in my mother's garage, waiting patiently for me to have a kitchen of my own, which recently has been in progress. Yay!

Evan, however, wondered what anyone would do with an odd number of wine glasses and so he vehemently suggested that we either get rid of them and replace them completely or that we put one away so it might not offend our delicate sensibilities. I, on the other hand, saw no problem with five and argued that we should just enjoy however many glasses we had and not worry about the symmetry of it all.

Yes. This is what we argue about. Thrilling, isn't it?

Anyway, Chee has made his artistic pronouncement on the side of even numbers of glasses. Only four survive. 

A Helpful Tip

Coffee the way I used to make it: coffee first, milk second. 

Something new I learned: if you want the beautiful, I-just-ordered-this-in-Italy-and-it-tastes-like-heaven gradient from dark to light in your coffee with milk, it's actually fairly simple: just add the milk to the cup first, and then pour the coffee in slowly and carefully. Done!

The way  my coffee looks now. 
Also, this makes sure you won't have the dreaded brown foam problem; your foam will stay white exactly the way you wanted it to.

Oh no! Brown foam! Better drink this one quickly. 
As I'm fairly certain this was a problem that was keeping you up at night, I'll accept your thanks pre-emptively. You're welcome. No more boring monochromatic coffee with brown foam for you! Also, I must take a moment to put in a good word for my new favorite 'coffee mugs' the Bodum Pavina double wall 12 ounce glasses - they're just unreal. Super thin glass, beautifully clear, gorgeous and great insulation to boot. Also fairly fragile, as the reviews state, but I'm just going to enjoy the heck out of them until they break.

In addition, on weekends when I'm feeling all decadent and crazy (ok, just last weekend, but both days, ok?) I've been tipping a few drops of vanilla extract (the real thing) into my latte. And I finally understood why people would drink a vanilla latte! Not that Starbucks powdered mess, but lovely real vanilla. Mmmm. You're welcome again. Now go try it.

What makes you happy?

Can I ask you a question? It's a bit personal.

What is it that honest to god, one hundred percent, makes you happy?

It's not easy, is it? But I bet a few things come to mind. And they might even surprise you.

I had the loveliest day recently. A day where I shirked all obligations (ok, not all but most) and I just hung out with Evan all day. We didn't do anything special. We went grocery shopping, cleaned the house, made dinner together, and  . . . that's it. And it was so amazing. I've realized that I have a tendency to fill up my calendar, and that's great. I love all the things I'm going out and doing, especially if they're photography related. But sometimes it's just perfect to be with the person you love, and no one else. And do nothing special.

Ice cream makes me happy too sometimes. If it's really, really good ice cream.
Tomorrow a whole heap of people are coming to my house to bake cookies and be merry and drink some wine. I'm really looking forward to it, because it will make me happy too. I need both - the time to be a hermit, and then the time to be a social butterfly. And really, don't we all?

Second Shooting - With Kali Kraum

This post is LONG overdue. I was lucky enough to get a chance to second shoot a wedding with Kali Kraum, who is an amazing San Francisco wedding photographer. The only thing is, it was in September. And it's December now. Oops!

But it was a great experience, and it was so wonderful to work alongside Kali. She's an amazing woman, and a fabulous photographer.

I was lucky enough to start the day with the groomsmen. They were a bunch of really wonderful guys.

That's Chris, the groom, in the center. He was great, and seemed just thrilled to marry the love of his life, Teresa. 

They chose the Sir Francis Drake in the middle of downtown San Francisco. It was a great location, and of course, the doorman didn't disappoint!

Got to get some cable car action in SF!

Meanwhile, the girls were getting ready . . .

The flower girls were just precious.

Isn't Teresa gorgeous?

The reception lighting was so fun! A different color every minute. 

And then the dancing got kind of crazy at the end of the night!

Thanks again Kali for letting me come second shoot with you! It was a really great experience.

*To see Kali's blog post about Chris and Teresa's wedding, click here.*

Gift Idea Resources

I wonder what he's getting HER for Christmas

If you're together, you'll have your Christmas/Hanukah/Winter Solstice shopping well in hand by now. But if you're like me, well, you might find yourself staring blankly at your shopping list hoping some divine inspiration strikes.

If that's the case, you might want to visit a few of these links.

Less stuff-related gifts, consumables are always a nice idea. I enjoyed the take on SHU box blog. Yes, get someone a llama! Or you could always go the Zen Habits route and buy no gifts at all . . .

If you're like me, and not quite ready to give up gifting, and you just want to find something small and beautiful for someone in your life, you could do worse than looking through this online gift magazine, courtesy of  Creature Comforts.

If you know someone who loves the Princess Bride, this iPhone case is a no-brainer. Almost makes me want to buy an iPhone 4 just so I could use the case. "Anybody want a peanut?"

If, like so many of us, you know a few nerds, Behance has a nerd gift list that seemed kind of fun.

Of course, education always seems like a justifiable gift. I'm sure the photographer in your life would appreciate a trip to CreativeLIVE, especially if you took advantage of their year-end sale. I'm just saying.

And there's a new photography bag on the market that looks like it might, in fact hold everything. Finally!

And I have to admit, these camera cookie cutters, while admittedly not very practical, look too cute to resist!

Happy shopping, everyone!

Kelly, I'm Sorry

I was running late on my way over to Oakland last Saturday morning when I realized I had a decision to make: arrive on time or even early but bleary-eyed as well, or take a chance and pop into the Starbucks near the BART station and run the risk of being a few moments behind schedule.

If you've ever met me in the morning before I've had my coffee, you know what I did. It's self preservation, is what it is.

Starbucks was jam packed. Seven-day-a-week business people crowded in front of me, rattling off orders half a mile long. A mother with her children in a stroller promised hot chocolate to quiet her brood. An aging hippie asked me the time, and the baristas were foaming, frothing, and steaming as if their lives depended on it.

I got my order in: a tall lowfat latte, whole wheat bagel and some cream cheese. I gave them my name, and waited to be called. A bit impatiently at this point, I was really flirting with completely upsetting my entire timetable. Finally they called my order. I grabbed it, ran down into the station, and hopped on the next train. Just in time!

I think it was in the transbay tunnel that I finally relaxed enough to look down at my coffee and think to myself, "Why would anyone ever order a grande? A tall is super big." I perused my cup. And that's when I saw it: Kelly, written there plain as day. Kelly, who ordered a grande, nonfat latte. And whose coffee I had stolen.

I sincerely hope they made her another one.

Kelly, I don't know if it means much, but I'm sorry.

New Promotional Materials!

For Cyber Monday moo.com had a site wide discount of 30% off. If you don't know moo, you should. They are the ones responsible for the addictive tiny business cards and the super cool concept of 'printfinity' (meaning you can order a pack of 20 cards, and each one can have a different image - catnip for photographers, in other words).

And man, did I ever take advantage of the discount. I think I made like a bazillion promotional postcards to send out to people. Here are some of the fronts of the cards. I think they turned out pretty well, and I can't wait to see them in person, especially since I know how gorgeously their postcards have printed out in the past!

I also bought some of their pretty gold envelopes to send the postcards out in. I know, is an envelope for a postcard really necessary? I say yes! Why not?

If you're interested in trying moo, why not use this link? They'll give me a couple cents toward a future purchase if you buy something, and you won't pay any more than you would have already.