Thank you to Ms. Krista for letting me take a few snaps of her. I fucking LOVED that fur!
Instagram and VSCO have become my source of light. I LOVE LOVE social media, and for me and many others it has also become a major tool: for showcasing portfolios, and for inspiration. I particularly have made it major tool for research. And I spend a lot of time on it :)
Whenever I have a new project where I need to find talent I don't go to agency sites first— I go to Instagram and VSCO. There's been countless times when I've gone deep into rabbit holes while trying to find young talent or locations for projects I'm working on. Many times I've been asked to find photographers that would do projects with a small budget. And I feel like those projects are great opportunities for me to find and build new relationships with photographers I've never worked with before.
It would be very easy to just keep hiring the same photographers over and over, and I get why people do that. Sometimes you gotta go with the people you know are going to deliver, or they are your friends, or you are short on time. But there's something that always comes back to my mind. When I was in college, after college, and sometimes still now, there's been times when I'm told that I just don't have the experience. And because I did not or do not have the experience, I am not given the opportunity to try to do something. Whenever that happened I always thought how much of a shitty paradox that is. How is it that one is suppose to get experience if one is not given the opportunity to try? So this is my way of not letting that happen quite so much.
With all that said, there are thousands of young photographers these days on social media, and they are not all talented photographers— some of them are just talented marketers. So it really gets me worked up whenever I find someone with great photos, but no information about themselves. Or maybe worse, when I know great photographers that don't pay much attention to their social media accounts. Photographers, WE ARE LOOKING! Photo editors, producers, art directors, we are looking for you. Help us find you!. I have spent hours digging deep in the Instagram and VSCO rabbit holes. Sometimes I find the talent I'm looking for, sometimes I don't. Regardless, I always find cool stuff to look at. More than anything, whenever I do find talent I can I believe in, I get so much joy out of getting them a project. I just really wish Instagram and VSCO had better searching tools. And that photographers paid more attention to their social media accounts.
One of my favorite things to do with my friend Megan is to go and eat, walk around, and eat some more. So we went to Pacific Catch to do our thing.
We got their Cabo Calamari, because... fried calamari! They had fried slices of chillies and lemon, and it was GLORIOUS! Of course, more lemon on top of that.
We also ordered the Trio Poke which was a mistake because it was all about the California Style Poke (the one in the middle): ahi tuna, crab, citrus aioli, avocado, shredded nori, soy, and tobiko– YUM.
PS. The Ahi Tuna Salad is alway prettttyyyy good.
Yay, Sydney and Chris are getting married! And I got to take their engagement pics :) I've known Sydney for a long time, and it's so cool to see another girl from my tribe so happy.
We went to Lovers' Lane in the Presidio, and used Andy Goldsworthy art piece as a backdrop for these guys.
Can't wait for your wedding, guys!
My second official engagement session was for Sara + Dan. These two Berkeley graduate students claimed to be super awkward in front of the camera, but once they got comfortable they had it in their pocket. If the job is to be super cute to each other, then they sure are masters at it. Kiss, kiss, hug, hug.
We shot everything at one of their favorite spots: The Berkeley Botanical Gardens on a super sunny day. Congratulations on the upcoming wedding, you guys!
A couple of weeks ago I was taking some environmental photos of an ex-colleague. I got to her apartment mid-morning and as it turned out, she was running a bit late. So I started taking some pictures around her apartment while I was waiting for her. To get her to be comfortable I asked her to just kinda start doing her own thing.
"What do you usually do in the mornings?" I asked
"I usually have my coffee, granola, read and/or sketch." was her response
So I had her do that.
In doing so, I started thinking of a time in college when I took photos of friends while they were still sleeping. I've always been a morning person and some of my most treasured memories have taken place in the mornings. Thinking about that time in college and shooting these images of a woman and her morning routine made me realize that those kinds of 'spaces' have always been of interest to me.
And so, I will be starting a series of portraits of people in the morning: What they do, what they eat, what they read, how they look, etc. If you are interested in being part of this series and you are in SF let me know!
A few weeks ago I had the chance to take some engagement photos for an old friend. Anna and I met each other while I was still in college, and we both worked at the GAP in Downtown Oakland. That store was the stage for some very interesting events, and the team I worked with are people that I dearly love and call friends today. We got to see everything there: the every-day costumer service ordeals, the sketchy Oakland kids, to having Obama speak right next to our store back in 2008.
Our little Anna is getting married to that kid that used to go pick her up after work, and we use to hear all about. The day I shot these images I could see that the kid love that we saw then has grown into this amazing love story. They looked so happy, and in love. I wish them a lifetime of happiness, and beyond.
Thank you for letting me take these images.