SHOOT IN PROGRESS / KNOTTY

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.
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ABOUT ME / THE ARTIST

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.

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. It feels weird unfollowing friends and other photographers I know on Instagram, but I want to see more of other forms of art, including floor tiles and interior design. Please don’t be offended if I am not foloowing you my friends. 😉 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. And I want my feed to show more than just my photography, I want it to also show my life, my creativity and for it be more 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:  @theghostdancer @peptalks @mysticmamma @serpentandbow


The ghost dancer
/Rhiannon Griego is a textile artist who makes handwoven apparel, wall hangings & jewelry.
Peptalks/Lauren 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.

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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!

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Redwood regional forest / Oakland family portrait

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.

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BERKELEY BOTANICAL GARDEN ENGAGEMENT / UC BERKELEY REDWOOD GROVE WEDDING

Always love taking photos here & just being there enjoying the redwood grove and the botanical gardens. There’s nothing more grounding for me then to be under some gentle giants. Looking forward to these two’s wedding back here later this year.

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GRACE CATHEDRAL / SCOTTISH SF WEDDING

How beautiful are the colors of this Scottish wedding!? And Adrienne with her gorgeous red hair & bright blue eyes. Love the vintage heirlooms and the beauty of the Fraser ladies. And it’s always fun when the guys wear kilts, right? I was excited when Adrienne told me about her Scottish theme wedding & roots, especially cuz I’m a fan of the tv show Outlander where the main clan is Fraser. I’ve watched a number of European shows lately including Call the Midwife, and my most recent favorite The Kettering incident from Australia. I Love all the different accents. Can’t wait to finish this whole wedding and get to the fun photo booth photos!  This was a elegant old world charm wedding that started from Grace Cathedral to the Room of the Dons at The Mark Hopkins. They had a potato bar, a piano player & their favors were in Chinese takeout style containers with shortbread cookies and other goodies.

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