Year end review

best of 2018

best of 2018

This was my favorite year yet, both personally and professionally. Getting to spend my days with our girl while doing the work I love makes me feel like I hit the jackpot. This is what I dreamed of when starting down this road six years ago. And it's better than I could have imagined. Cheers to making more beautiful memories in 2019—and hopefully getting more sleep! 

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Favorites from 2017

Favorites from 2017

I spent most of 2017 growing a human, which consumed me entirely and was the single most challenging thing I have ever done. Pregnancy took an enormous physical toll, at first reducing me to a useless lump on the sofa, then I became a slave to my voracious appetite, followed by crippling back pain and general discomfort. It was the hottest summer in recent memory, and swimming was my only solace. I am so grateful I was able to swim throughout my second and third trimesters, which not only helped with the psychological impact of impending motherhood, but also helped contribute to a smooth labor and fast recovery. 

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Favorites from 2015

Some highlights from 2015 include an epic trip to the Big Island with our friends, photographing eight weddings (four solo and four assisting other talented photographers, I wish I could have blogged them all!), the opportunity to document more beautiful families, and purchasing our first home and moving to Nevada County. I really love photographing people, and feel so lucky to do it. 

2016, you are boundless. I look forward to the journey.

Highlights from 2013

My goals for 2013 were to take as many photos as possible and to enjoy weekends off with Jeffery for the first time. Looking back, it was an incredible year. I experienced a lot of professional growth and am grateful for all of the beautiful people who got in front of my lens. I feel really lucky to be pursuing my passion. 

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In January I visited my parents in Hawaii and Jeffery and I spent our first wedding anniversary apart. When I was there, I did portrait sessions with both my mom and dad and had my first child portrait shoot with Miss Maile. It was that session that reaffirmed my love for photographing children and inspired me to pursue a career in family portraiture. 

In the Spring we enjoyed a weekend wine tasting with good friends friends in Napa, where I bought a hat and took lots of photos. 

For my 25th birthday, Jeffery and I celebrated with a getaway weekend to Anderson Valley. We stayed at the Boonville Hotel, took a day trip to Mendocino, hiked through redwood trees to the Navarro River, wine tasted at Toulouse Vineyard, toured the Philo Apple farm, beer tasted at the Anderson Valley Brewing Company, and dined at Table 128. It was the best birthday I have ever had. The bar is pretty high for next year. 

In April I had my first paying gig and photographed this little lady's 4th birthday party. (I shot a total of six kiddo birthday parties in 2013!)

In May, with the help of my mother and grandmother, I coordinated a Russian Easter Celebration with family and friends. I also launched my new website (!) and for Memorial Day we went camping with friends on the Eel River.

In June we went up to Willits again for Jeffery's ten-year high school reunion and then ventured to Grass Valley where our friends Jen and James got married! 

In July, my friend Sadie and I road tripped to Colorado, where we stayed at her grandparent's ranch in Grand Junction and visited Aspen and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. It was so interesting to see how the light and Colorado landscape differ from California. 

In August I was hired to work as a photographer at Dead on the Creek, a three day music festival up in Mendocino County. 

Over Labor day, we camped on the banks of Blue Lake in the Tahoe National Forest with some of our favorite people. It was where I did my first engagement session with our friends Josh and Katie. I didn't take any other photos that weekend, I felt the need to be present and experience it through my eyes instead of through a viewfinder. It was also so beautiful that I didn't think my camera could do it justice. I hope over time I won't regret taking more photos. If the memories fade, we'll just have to make some more. :)

This year I shared ten family sessions, and was able to shoot another six that never made it on the blog. I loved working so much this fall.

I had four fashion shoots with beautiful friends who got all dolled up for me. It was fun creating beautiful images together, collaborating with other creatives is so different than photographing children. 

In the new year I intend to be more organized with my business goals, to plan ahead and ask for help more often. Reaching out is challenging for me, but always worth it. 

I want to say yes to new adventures, while working and saving towards buying a home. 

I want to continue working at creating balance. I want to breathe deeper and have more patience. 

I want to cook more and go on more hikes. 

I am not going to be intimidated by the unknown. I am going to face things head on and learn from my experiences. 

I want to have more conversations. Life keeps getting better, and I have all of you to thank for that. So thank you. I am very excited for 2014.

P.S. Highlights from 2012

Highlights from 2012

Jeffery and I toured an orchid farm  in Hilo.

Orchid farm hawaii

We got married! Here are the photos, taken by the talented Travis Deuel.

wedding kiss hawaii

We honeymooned on Kauai.

na pali coast

I wrote a post about my parents and choosing a life.

Mom and dad dancing on their wedding day

celebrated a birthday and figured out what I want to do with my life.

candle lit

I was able to do a couple of photo shoots with tiny people: Ramsay, and baby Grace and big sister Ellie.

Ramsay and Katie slide

After living in San Francisco for six years we moved to Oakland!

kitty and african violets golden hour
mother daughter kisses

We adopted this little guy.

kitty yawn

We celebrated two weddings with long time friends. Jeff was a groomsman for Sam and Christian, and I was a bridesmaid for Aimee and Brady.

country wedding flowers

I featured two more local businesses: Mission Pie, and Love and Luxe.

love and luxe rings

I went back to school for photography and learned how to use my camera.

hair fabric wrinkles older woman graceful beauty

I am really looking forward to some changes in 2013. As soon as I get back from visiting my parents I am starting a new job as a nanny for two little girls in Berkeley. I can ride my bike to work, and somehow I will have my mornings, evenings and weekends back. Jeffery and I will have more time off to do fun things together, and I am really excited. I plan to take a whole lot more photos in 2013 and work to develop my eye and my aesthetic as a photographer.

Happy New Year!

fireworks from twin peaks in San Francisco on new years

On New Years Eve we had a wine and cheese party up at Katie (my MOH) and Josh's place in Twin Peaks. It was so nice to spend New Years in a mellow setting with old friends. Just before midnight we hiked up the hill for a view of the fireworks.

fireworks from twin peaks in San Francisco on new years
cheesecake on new years

We had two types of cake for dessert (so much for the bride diet), and both were delicious. Yesterday Josh and Katie flew out to the Big Island to get in a bit of vacation before the week of the wedding. We leave on Friday! Everything is falling into place and I am not stressed, just excited. I have the support of a really good team, which I am already incredibly grateful for. I feel so lucky that we get to spend a week with our friends in paradise, that we're getting married on my parents' farm, and that we get to spend three nights honeymooning on Kauai. I can't imagine a better way to start the year than marrying my best friend. 2012 is going to be a good one.


Here's quick look back at highlights from 2011:

We celebrated my mom's 50th birthday in Hilo.

Jeffery and I attended a friend's beautiful wedding in Willits.

Marina had an art opening at Cafe Sapore in North Beach. 

I featured four local businesses in the Castro: Thorough Bread and PastryAarvark BooksChurch Street Flowers, and M&L Market.

My soccer team shared a day at a beautiful cliff house in Bolinas

I shared my love story and Katie threw me a beautiful bridal shower!

I spent Thanksgiving with my family for the first time in five years.

My resolutions are to practice writing daily and learn how to use my camera in manual mode. And I would like to create a disciplined posting schedule and stick to it. I really enjoy having this blog as a way of documenting the things that excite me and sharing them with the people I love. Thank you for being here.