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After our surprise proposal session at Ocean Beach it was time for Round 2 of the surprises! (Click the link to check it out if you haven't!)
When David and Caitlin left me on the beach, I packed up my gear (read: fought my IKEA wind tent for 20ish minutes and then ended up dragging it along to the car) and headed over to their home.
As I settled in I got to meet their amazing family and friends and grab some detailed shots of the decorations (David had everything planned down to perfection- it was so impressive!). Luckily, David is a master of a straight face and Caitlin was shocked to see everyone in her home.
The couple popped some bubbly and the guests cheered their love. As they mingled, Caitlin got to show off her ring and relive details of the proposal.
Then, a knock on the door. Surprise round 3!
David had managed to get Caitlin’s entire family for this surprise including her sister and brother, her closest friends, and his family as well. It was an amazing session and I’m so honored to have captured it! Cheers to them!
It was a rare sunny day when I pulled up to Ocean Beach in San Francisco for a surprise proposal session. I had come disguised as a bird watcher: big blue wind tent, multiple jackets, binoculars (that I stole from my 9 year old), a J.Lo floppy hat, and my telephoto lens. I found them on the beach quickly and set up shot about 50 feet away.
While waiting, I stuck it out in my wind tent. One hand on my camera and the other was holding the binoculars that I was pretending to look through. I now have a newfound respect for paparazzi, particularly the ones who don't get caught.
David and I had done extensive planning around how this session would happen (complete with pictorial maps) so as not to miss the perfect shot. We had every detail down: arrival times, amount of time he needed to be on his knee (at least 15 seconds), which way he needed to face, and the special signal that let me know he was about to propose.
The proposal was beautiful, perfectly timed, and full of raw emotion. After he proposed, and Caitlin realized the creepy bird watching lady was actually the photographer, we walked down the beach and captured candid shots of them walking, cuddling, and chatting together. We stayed on the beach until the sun faded beneath the horizon to capture the beautiful sunset.
Thankfully, Caitlin is easily surprised and she didn't suspect the 2nd part of David's huge surprise. Stay tuned for Part II of their proposal story!
When I was asked to document a panel of authors at the Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley I was ecstatic. Books are my jam, it must be the teacher in me. Then I found out that the panel was all authors of color and almost all women which added to my excitement. When I realized the panel was led by Maceo, the owner of Booklandia Book Box who is also a woman of color, I was literally jumping for joy. What is this divine coincidence, universe?!
Maceo's business is helping pave the way for more Spanish bilingual books, featuring characters of color and written by people of color to have more than just a single shelf in the bookstore. She has various packages available and you can choose to receive hand picked books as frequently as you'd like. The books she sends range from baby to teen and have a host of topics that can connect children of color to their characters.
The panel featured 4 authors who spoke of their now inspiration for their books, institutionalized racism in schools, their own experiences that have shaped the narrative of their characters, how to make sure you are choosing books that are not promoting racism and stereotypes, and how books can help protest the current political climate.
I walked away from the panel in awe and amazement. I can't wait to read their books so of course I'm signing up! . I highly suggest you do too!
When I reached out to Arlene of Arlene Easterwood Photography about a Fresh 48 session I was readying myself for a hard no. Luckily, she didn't turn me down! We started the session with just Arlene and I to get some Mama and me shots before big sister, Dad, and Grandma came to visit.
I was most looking forward to catching the moment when siblings meet for the first time. Honestly, you never know how it will go as it's such a time of great change (added on to the fact that they've got a person with a camera in their face). This big sister took it like a pro! She came bearing gifts then was ready to hold on to her brother for dear life.
There are big plans for their baby on the way and the love they share for each other was easily captured in the frame. Near the end of the session they commented that this was their baby's first day at the beach and I'm so glad they have these photos to show her! I'm so grateful to capture this special time for them!
This weekend we visited the De Young Museum in San Francisco to see this year's Bouquets to Art. Leaving my house on a Saturday at 8am isn't usually my idea of fun and it took my Mom the entire week to talk me into it because I'm really a home body that only likes to leave my house if it means I'm going to get a good meal or a new pair of shoes.
I shoot people 99% of the time so aiming at something that doesn't move proved to be easier than I had imagined. Although, it sure was crowded in there and everyone and their grandpa was pointing their large iPad at the exhibit (including my Mom).
Initially, I thought the botanicals would be its own exhibit because I didn't do any research whatsoever, but it was actually dispersed throughout the museum. The exhibit showcases florists from LA to Tokyo and the floral arrangements depicted specific pieces of art or embodied its message.
There were too many beautiful arrangements for me to choose a favorite. I was amazed at the craft of the artisans who created them. They ranged from simple replications to amazing sculptures made from branches, recycled items, and woven material. Such talent!
If you ever get the chance to see this exhibit, or any at the De Young, I highly recommend it! They also have a delicious menu in their cafe, which if I had known I would have been more apt to leaving my bed at the crack of dawn. I'm so glad we made the trek over the bridge!
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One of the greatest joys is being invited in to shoot the precious hours after a new family member is born. Fresh 48 Sessions are magical; the room buzzes with energy that can never be replicated in another setting. You are witness to the exponential change as parents, exhausted and overwhelmed, are slowly learning the newest addition and siblings are curious and overjoyed to welcome them.
Several times I had to stop and take a step back to steep in the room's energy. I could see and feel that this baby was just SO LOVED. Everyone, from Grandma to brother couldn't stop caressing or snuggling her to lull her back to sleep. I left this session in awe of humanity, the way our lives change in an instant and fall back into space rearranged in a new, unpredictable, and beautiful way.
Many thanks for inviting me in and sharing your joy! I'm still on a high from all the love!