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

Film Friday - A Very Damp Day and a Roll of Velvia

David had recently acquired a new (old) Hasselblad, and so we set up a playdate for the Hasselblad to meet the Bronica. Unbeknownst to us, we scheduled it on what was to be the wettest day of 2014, but since we didn't want to be wusses, we wandered around the Tenderloin in the rain, taking photographs very slowly.

And it was a lot of fun. We had water running down our faces, I protected my camera in my jacket, people looked at us like we were crazy, and we had a couple of good conversations with folks on the street.

I can't say that I'm absolutely in love with any of these photographs, but it was my first roll of Velvia, and at least the exposures all appear to be pretty decent. (There are 11 photos here instead of the 12 there should be because my camera fired once by accident. I hate when that happens!)

Yeah, it was really rainy. Here's David with his Hasselblad.

Some red. Velvia does do red nicely, I've got to say.

Oh, these pigeons! I really wanted this shot. I even made David scare the pigeons so they would all fly away at once. But shooting a 50 ISO film on a dark rainy day makes for some pretty slow shutter speeds. So it's not in focus. Dang!

This guy was pretty awesome.

And then I went home and got warm and dry, which felt amazingly wonderful.

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Angelica and Joe - Union Square Anytime Session

I met up with Angelica and Joe a few days before Christmas in Union Square. (Yes, this blog post is a tad overdue - don't hate. Better late than never.) In retrospect, when arranging the meeting time and place, perhaps I should have remembered that every single person in the Bay Area is required by law to come to Union Square a few days before Christmas, but unfortunately it slipped my mind. And so even though we were waiting on opposite sides of the street for a good ten minutes, we didn't see each other because of the mass of humanity swirling between us.

Fortunately, we finally found each other, and a few quiet pockets of downtown San Francisco to photograph in, and I got to really appreciate how truly great Angelica and Joe are. For one thing, they seem just perfectly suited for each other. They've also got this secret smile that they share back and forth.

I really believe that beautiful photographs can be made pretty much any place, any time, if you're willing to think it through a little. But there's something about downtown San Francisco that I truly love, a special quality of light that just gets me.

Joe is such a sweetheart!

I just love ginkgo trees. They're almost the only fall color we get here in the land that is eternally between seasons.

Thanks Angelica and Joe for a great session! It was a pleasure getting to meet you.

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Kittens for Caturday!

Just in case you were running low on kittens, here are some more for you, all photographed, of course, at Animal Care and Control San Francisco. And all totally adoptable. (And probably already adopted - kittens go fast! Older cats tend to get adopted more slowly.)

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Film Friday - AnnMarie and Paul

Another recent film portrait session. AnnMarie and Paul were troopers, meeting me just after dawn at Stow Lake in the bitter cold. (Okay, bitter for here, anyway.)

We took advantage of the beautiful light and managed to get some great portraits of the two of them as well as their trusty sidekick Leo.

I just love the look of film, the buttery highlights and the soft bokeh. Digital is convenient, yes, but it doesn't have the same special feel.

Thanks again, AnnMarie and Paul. It was a wonderful morning!

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Happy Caturday!

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