San Francisco

Robertson Family Session // Lincoln Park & Lands End Trail // San Francisco, CA

This boy is one of the most beautiful babies I have ever seen. And his mama and I go way back, our childhood homes were within walking distance from one another. We got together in the city on a foggy afternoon at the end of May to shoot some family portraits, a couple days before Liam's first birthday. He was all smiles. 

Miles waiting patiently.

It was a bit foggy out, which meant we had the entire place to ourselves.

Have you ever seen a more beautiful family? We had a lot of fun together. Welcome to one, Liam. It looks good on you. And congratulations Cheyenne and Ian on four years of marriage! 

Jamie and James // Engaged // Marin Headlands and Golden Gate Bridge

Jamie and James // Engaged // Marin Headlands and Golden Gate Bridge

When I first decided to pursue a career as a photographer I was both elated and relieved. For the first time in my life I could finally envision myself as a professional, and I knew I had it in me to do everything it took to get there.

What I couldn't anticipate was how much I would enjoy every aspect of the job. These beautiful people make me so grateful I started this journey. Grateful that I get to share in their love story and document this incredible time in their lives. 

Jamie is from the Bay Area. James is from Ireland. They met in Budapest, Hungary where they were both teaching English after undergrad. They later moved to Krakow, Poland, where they lived and continued teaching English for two more years. They got engaged in 2013 (on a surprise return trip to Budapest, well done James!) and then moved to Auckland, New Zealand. 

They just returned to the Bay Area, and a week from tomorrow they will be surrounded by family and friends in the backyard of Jamie's childhood home. They will say their vows and then they will be man and wife! I cannot wait to document their day. 

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Weekend Photos // San Anselmo & Lands End

Happy May! Here are some photos from over the weekend. On Saturday we attended a 10-year anniversary party for dear family friends at a beautiful ranch in San Anselmo. Of all things spectacular on this property, Jeffery and I were drooling over the vegetable garden. 

The roses didn't look too bad either.

On Sunday we drove into the city for the Warriors game. After the win, while Jeffery golfed Lincoln Park, I hiked Lands End, camera in hand. Afterwards, we both agreed how nice it was to have some time to be active on our own.

After checking on Jeffery, who had nine holes to go, I went and got some sushi and then drove out to the Lands End Lookout to explore the Sutro Baths at Sunset. The light was just getting really good and I was wishing I had a model.  

May is going to be a big month.

This weekend is my Mother's Day Mini Session event, and I have a few spots left. I am also getting together with this gal to make our annual birthday cake, a little bit late. But really it's never too late for cake. Also, a very special little girl is going to celebrate her 2nd birthday and I can't believe it. 

Next Friday I fly to Tucson for the weekend to visit my friend Raeann before she graduates with her master's degree from U of A. I will also get to see my grandparents, who I haven't seen since the wedding. Really looking forward to a change of scenery and getting to see their faces.

Later this month is Jeffery's birthday and we are going back up to Grass Valley to celebrate at a cabin with friends and we get to meet the baby (it's a girl!). 

In addition to my Mother's day sessions, I have a couple family sessions scheduled, an engagement shoot, and my first wedding (!) at the end of the month. Pretty darn excited about that. 

And the next thing you know it, it will be June. 

Golden Gate Bridge // Marin Headlands

Sadie and I planned a trip to shoot the Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands. I can't believe I had never been. Leaving Oakland it was really hazy, but when we crossed over to 101 it cleared up. And when the sun began to set the clouds came alive. 

The narcissus think it's spring.

It was an exercise in patience. And it felt like such a luxury to compose my shot and wait for the light to be just right. 

If you've never been I highly recommend going to watch the sunset. It would be a fun date. Be sure to bundle up, and maybe take a thermos of hot chocolate. There is so much to watch: tourists, seriously equipped photographers, boats (they go out just past the bridge and then make a sharp turn back to safety), container ships, cars without headlights on. The bridge itself really lights up when the sun is on the horizon. 

Red Dress // Sunset in the City

Miss Molly can make me laugh like few can. We met while both working at Crossroads and something stuck. I always knew I needed more of her in my life. And she competes in Olympic weightlifting so she's a total badass, with a hot body to boot. She texted me the other day and told me that she had just bought the sexiest dress of all time. So we got her all dolled up and waited for the light to be right.

Probably the most fun I've ever had on a shoot. It is so exhilarating collaborating with another person to create something beautiful. And San Francisco did us right. The colors and the sky and the reflections were incredible. We are already dreaming up our next shoot: think vintage lace and flower crowns in an edible garden at sunset. 

An Update

marina's pearl earring
sushi

Life is good. I feel really happy. I love being a nanny. I love that I get to watch the sunset with my girls every day instead of being trapped inside from noon to nine. I love that I get asked questions like "are fairies real?" and that we have dance parties. They love my crazy dancing. And I'm taking them to swim every week. I missed being in the water. I taught swimming lessons all through high school and it's one of the things I'm best at. Not to boast, but I am also really good at reading aloud, and we do a lot of that. Most of all, I love that there are so many moments in my day that I appreciate.

And I love that I get weekends off.

Today was our first soccer practice of the season and it feels amazing to be playing again. I am always so pleasantly surprised by how playing again after not playing for awhile makes me feel so happy and alive. It was a glorious day in Golden Gate Park, and it made me appreciative once again of being a Californian. Marina drove me to practice and sat in the sun while we played, and then we went out to sushi for lunch, followed by pedicures. I walked barefoot through the park to get to the de Young, so not to mess up my toes. I felt like a kid, and it felt good. The ground was freezing in the shade, reminding me that it's February. The Girl with a Pearl Earring was sold out, but we did get to see my handsome husband, working his second to last day. Tomorrow is his last, and then we get to have weekends off together, for the first time ever. It feels momentous. Like the beginning of our lives as real people. I can't believe he has been working 6-7 days a week since August. What a champion.

Tomorrow I have a photo shoot with a beautiful family that I met at the girls' Karate class. Toehead curls, freckled noses, and long eyelashes, 3 1/2 year old sister, 5 year old brother. I am stoked to have have found something that I love doing so much that I will get out of bed early for, on a Sunday morning, for free. I am building my portfolio and I know it will take time. I am patient. It feels right.

On Tuesday my parents arrive for a few days. So dinners with them, which is exciting. There are a lot of upcoming things I'm looking forward to, which is the best feeling. For a long time it felt like we were just trying to get through things, and I can endure a lot, for a long time. Now, for the first time in ten years, we are living.