NEIGHBOR OAKLAND

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.
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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. 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.

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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.
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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.”
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Serpent and Bow Rachel Blodgett makes these beautiful undergarments and bathing suits.
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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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CHINA CABIN TIBURON WEDDING

This venue was great for this intimate, vintage inspired, casual wedding.  China Cabin is a Victorian saloon venue space that was originally commissioned in 1866 to carry mail and passengers between San Francisco and the Far East. Amber was referred to me by the lovely ladies at Metier, Sheri & Trina are the sweetest people who own & curate one of the best jewelry boutiques in SF. These mamas have mad style. I had the pleasure of collaborating with them a few years back and was already a lifelong fan. They carry the most unique and vintage heirloom jewelry I’ve ever seen & hope to own more of.  Jason is a graphic artist based in Oakland. It’s always nice to get to know the couples I get to work with and find out that we have mutual friends, in this case other than Sheri & Trina, also our friend Matt Leunig another Oakland artist. Amber’s friend did all the flowers, and the palette and style worked so well with the space and Amber and her maid of honor’s vintage style, tho also modern. Her little girl was the flower girl, and I could not get enough photos of her. Love the matching animal print jackets!! If I have a little girl I’m so stealing this.china-cabin-tiburon-wedding_0007

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