Taking a break from processing weddings to share this shoot I adored being a part of. I have always loved the small town feel of Piedmont since I was like 18 and dating a punk rocker who lived in Temescal before it was a nice neighborhood. Now that we live in Oakland I visit Piedmont a lot. I go to my bank, the post office, my favorite local cafe/bakery (La Farine)/ Ice cream shop (Lush) & boutiques. It’s so nice to walk around to a number of spots and feel like I’m in a small town since I get to visit during the weekdays.
I’ve been a long time fan of Mercy Vintage then the cute shops that opened up next door one of them being Neighbor. It’s a gem and a great place to find unique gifts, quality housewares & knick-knacks. Naturally, I was really happy when I got to photograph their first gathering in their new outdoor space on a beautiful summer solstice eve.
The owners, Karen + Dana have the cutest friendship, not to mention mad style. Karen has been a fashion icon on mine since I met her years ago. The food was made by Chris of Kronenburger, and it wasn’t just yummy it fit the aesthetic of the space nicely. And the gorgeous florals were done by Matthew of The Hanged man co. The arrangments were decadent yet homey & I love the element of decay.
It’s awesome when the things you love & appreciate invite you in for a closer experience. What a lovely group of people. There’s nothing like food & drinks and good company. Especially being around other creatives and watching them create magic.
This wedding was SO FUN, I loved every bit of it. S+T are a cute couple with amazing friends and family. These two met when they were young in France, and came back together years later. This is my 3rd French union, and I have to say they have been such fun loving people. I have always loved French culture, food + wine. We got married at thePhilo apple farm in Mendocino owned by the original owners of the French laundry. Food & Wine is a serious love of mine. Pretty sure that it’s not just an Asian thing, I’m half and I’ve been obsessed with food since I can remember. And I love spaces that are effortlessly beautiful, where you don’t need to bring in much decor. That’s how Stable Cafe and the apple farm are, effortlessly gorgeous and cozy.
Now let’s talk about these french dudes. I mean damn, they had me at colours, let alone the accent. The groomsmen entered the ceremony snapping their fingers to their own beat. It was cute. AND the officiant sang a chines song, that I recognised by Deng Lijun, whom my grandparents loved. In fact, I have a photo of my grandpa with Deng Lijun!
We started the day off right with some music-less group photos, and the rest just got better and better. After the ceremony, we went to Potrero hill.
I get to do a good amount of city hall weddings these days with receptions in the city, and I never get old of city hall, it’s gorgeous, and it’s nice to stay close to home.
I’m really excited about a personal project coming up next month.
Here’s a sneak peak of the mood board + artists I’ll be collaborating with. We’re calling it Knotty.
All the collaborators so far are awesome female artists + SF entrepreneurs. Yay!
Lorena of Home sweet flowers was inspired by the love knots created by her studio mate Katie Gong.
Here’s a personal post with some random info about me.
I’m in my 30’s & we’re hoping to get pregnant this year.
I’ve never had a 9-5 job, I’ve only ever worked as a freelancer in photography.
I first fell in love with photography in high school.
My family has never wanted me to be an artist. But I got a scholarship and did it anyway.
Going to art school was a magical experience, I felt like I belonged & I was right where I was meant to be. Yay Art center.
I ended up living in Socal for almost ten years before moving back to the bay.
Recently I’ve been trying to simplify my life. Spending less time on social media and trying to have less clutter. I want to feel inspired when I log into my Instagram since it’s the platform I visit the most by curating that space more. I’d like to cook more, travel more & fix up my house this year. We have a 1926 Spanish house in Oakland. When I first started using Instagram I would post whenever I felt inspired. People are now saying that in order to be “successful” on Instagram you need to post 2x a day every day. I suppose choosing not to do this means that I’m not doing the best thing for my business, but I want it to be a creative outlet and not a business strategy. That’s the artist in me always resistant to what doesn’t feel like a natural process to me. I want my feed to show more than just my photography, I want it to also show my life, my creativity and for it to be real. I love that it can be a visual diary, where you can look back at the places you’ve been and what was happening in your life.
These four artists I follow inspire me, and their work fits well together in this post: The ghost dancer Rhiannon Griego is a textile artist who makes hand woven apparel, wall hangings & jewelry.
PeptalksLauren Napolitano is a painter, muralist and tattoo artist.
I love the blue snake with the white hands! I don’t have any tattoos but I’d love one of hers, being year of the snake.
Mystic Mamma makes these trippy collages, gives insight on astrology and is a good wellness blog.
Like this…”FULL MOON in SCORPIO opens a gateway to our truest depths, where we can really tune in to our hearts deepest desires, and gleam our truest reflection.”
Serpent and Bow Rachel Blodgett makes these beautiful undergarments and bathing suits.
It’s a great way to have body art when you don’t have any.
Looking at this group I realize that I am craving more natural elements in my life, more nature & more down time to make art. I was suppose to take a 2 week hiatus up in Mendocino in May, chillin in a cabin in the woods, getting more grounded and connecting with nature and myself. I’d like to do a trip like this every year to re-set and evaluate the year I’ve had and the one before me. Hope to take this trip sometime soon this year. Below are the cabins I’m considering renting. Ahhh they look so good!
It’s been lovely being a tiny part of these two human’s life. Loved meeting and snorting with their little man. He literally was cracking me up making pig snorts. Ha too cute! We are so lucky to have these beautiful parks near us here in the east bay. I call K+E The Dr + The Pastry chef, see their wedding photos from a couple years back here.