New beginnings

It's a new year and a new presidency and, for me, still a somewhat new home. And it's time to bring my business back to life but with some changes so, in a way, a new business. Stay tuned, more on that soon!

In the meantime, I just have to say how lucky we are to have found this wonderful little town full of kind, compassionate people. When the chatter about the Women's March began after the election I considered traveling to DC and then backed off that plan and decided that I would take Veda to San Francisco where we could march with friends. Shortly after, I found out that a friend was helping organize a Sister March right here in Ashland and I knew immediately that I would stay and participate with my community and with my family. I offered to photograph the march and showed up a little early on Saturday to get a spot at the front. A sea of signs and pink hats began to gather. And then more people came. And then more. This seems to be the story from marches all across the world. So many were expected but so many more came. I started at the front of the march and then found a good spot and hung off to the side as people passed. I continued to be amazed at how many people had gathered in this little town of 21,000. All told the number hovers somewhere around 8,000! Amazing. It was just the beginning of something and I know that it will be difficult to sustain at times but I hope that we can continue to come together and fight for what we believe in.

Kimy + Justin: a glimpse

Here's a quick peek at Kimy and Justin's wedding.  Being a San Francisco wedding photographer means there is an unlimited number of awesome locations to shoot and in this case, the park right across the street from the hotel had some lovely light.  Special thanks to my best photographer bud, Annie Florin for shooting this wedding with me!

I'd like you to meet...

...some of my favorite people in the whole wide world!  Tracy and Tim live in Kansas City with their 2 kids, Ryan and Megan.  Tracy and I met while working at a restaurant together in college and became fast friends.  We've had lots of fun times though we seem to excel at drinking and laughing together.  Also, strangely, exercising.  That's because Tracy is a physical education teacher and she knows how to motivate lazy people like myself.  (Thanks, Tracy!  Now if only you lived closer I might actually be in shape.)  My little family spent a good amount of time in Kansas this summer (more on that later) and we stayed in a house only a few minutes away from these guys.  It would be an understatement to say that we had a blast!  Swimming all day, grilling every night and watching our kids play together.  There may have even been a night out and a mechanical bull ride.  I can't say for sure. I don't miss Kansas very often but I sure miss the people.  Tracy and Tim and their sweet kiddos in particular.  Enjoy the fun session we had - this was in their backyard!

Little Miss Fiona

Only a few days old and so, so sweet.  I shot this session for my best photog bud, Annie Florin and it was a pleasure!

Grayson - brand new

Just look at this little guy - you know you want one!  This is friend and fellow photographer Sarah Williams sweet boy and he's not so little anymore!

Sheila + Colin

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I love a small wedding.  City Hall weddings are fun, especially here in San Francisco where we are lucky enough to have an absolutely amazing City Hall.  But Sheila and Colin's weekday beach wedding takes the cake (no pun intended, there wasn't a cake) for being really special.  Just the 2 of them and their closest family members.  And me, trying my hardest to be a fly on the rock.  It was amazing.

Susanne + Ryan: Malibu wedding photography (part two)

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Susanne + Ryan: Malibu wedding photography (part one)

I didn't think I could be any more fond of these two than I was after photographing their engagement session.  Well, then they went and had a totally awesome and fun carnival inspired wedding filled with love and popcorn and ferris wheels and the most kick ass first dance you ever did see.  Oh, and I did I mention the vegetarian dinner?  YUM. There are too many to fit into one post so stayed tuned for part two!

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Married at the beautiful Calamigos Ranch in the Mailbu mountains

Coordinated  by the delightful and incredibly organized DNT Events

The gorgeous flowers and amazing details by the talented ladies at Flueretica

Catered by Calamigos Ranch

Cupcakes by Dots Cupcakes in Pasadena

Video by Reel Life Pictures - check out their wedding video here (random bit of triva - Aaron played the character Nog on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

Louise + Andrew: San Francisco engagement session

I'm playing catch up and many of these sessions are from the summer - Louise and Andrew's happened to be on a classically foggy San Francisco summer day.  We met at the Ferry Building and it only seemed natural to start off with some oysters and wine.  Yum!  Let the fun begin!

Susanne + Ryan: Los Angeles engagement session

I met Susanne and Ryan for the first time when we did this session and we had the best time wandering around their (then current, now old) neighborhood, Los Feliz. There were great places to shoot around every corner and we started out in their apartment, went to their local movie theater and then to the Hollyhock House (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright) and on up to the Griffith Observatory (where we had not one but two run ins with the security guards.) I'm just going to come right out and say it - I love these guys! If they didn't live 5 hours away, I would totally invite myself over for dinner.

Christina + Michael {a glimpse}

Fung Yee + Harvey: San Francisco City Hall wedding

Instead of just a civil ceremony, Fung Yee and Harvey had a wedding with quite a few guests, cupcakes and a short but lovely reception at City Hall.  They love the architecture and it was fun to explore all the nooks of the building.  After the reception, we headed out (with a driver - woo hoo!) to take some more photos on the "other" side of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Colby + Will: Wedding at The Farm on Putah Creek

Colby and Will were married at a beautiful location called The Farm on Putah Creek and every detail of their wedding day was bright, happy and thoughtful - just like the two of them.  Yellow (oh, how I love yellow) was THE color and I loved how it mixed with the natural beauty of the Farm.  I'll say no more - just take a look.

Friends and family, you can see their full gallery here.

Charlotte + Dominic: San Francisco City Hall wedding

Another beautiful City Hall wedding.  Charlotte and Dominic (and Tess) took the train down from Portland to marry at San Francisco City Hall.  I felt very lucky to be there to witness (literally, I got to sign the official marriage license!) the joining of this lovely and charming family. San Francisco wedding photographerTo view all the photos and order prints click here.