Bay Area Adventures | January, 2018


I’ve had such a jam-packed first month of the year. With Justin’s visit, my birthday party, a weekend retreat, and lots of gatherings with friends, it’s been a wonderful start to 2018. Here’s a little look at what I’ve been up to.

We start with a sneak peek from yesterday, the last day of the month. More on that at the end of the post!

We kicked off the month with our accountability meeting at my office, where we set our goals for the entire year.

Justin and I visited Amber & Ben and their new little one!

Then Justin and I met up with his aunt for lunch and a museum visit in Berkeley.

The Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA).

We also took another ceramics class, where I threw a couple basic planters! I will have to go back in a week or so to glaze the pieces, so we’ll see how they turn out.

We headed to ?ina to try out their chef’s counter tasting menu. Bonus: the chef is Justin’s cousin Chris! All the dishes were delicious, with so many intertwined flavors. I’ll just have to go back to try their super popular brunch some time.

Cousin photo. The two youngest of the whole family.

Then, a visit to SFMOMA. These three images are actually Justin’s.

Cocktail collective at the Rockridge Improvement Club.

Taiwanese lunch!


Some SF architecture moments.

Brunch with Connie at Tartine.

SF Ballet with Chelsea.

Our portfolio review day where we all worked on our photo galleries!

And afterwards, Meg’s talk at the store opening for Peak Design in Hayes Valley (they make camera-friendly backpacks and such).

Afternoon tea for Lindsey’s birthday over at Lovejoy’s.

Then Liza came with me to check out the Klimt-Rodin exhibit at the Legion of Honor.

On the last Saturday of the month, I headed to Tiburon with Stephanie for the Waterbird Festival put on by the Audubon society.

We took a free nature journaling course with John Muir Laws, in which he taught us to find beauty and moments of wonder all around us.

We sat on the beach and observed and sketched for an hour. You can see the faint silhouette of San Francisco behind Steph.

And afterwards, we grabbed a bite to eat at the food truck and toured the little adorable house on the property.

Such a lovely day!

On Sunday, I had a fun crafternoon at Kait’s, where she was working on some watercolor illustrations for a wedding.

I started knitting a hat, Bri worked on her Hong Kong cross stitch, and Lindsey addressed envelopes for her own wedding coming up.


Then I headed over to Pauline and Justin’s for delicious and super filling hot pot! And I got to play scavenger hunt finding over 15 of my photos displayed around their apartment. I spy four of them in this photo below!

I got to check out Union Coterie’s beautiful space when I met up with Rachael of Ruby & Rose for lunch.

Kara’s Cupcakes for dessert!

And then we had Craft Night part two with our accountability ladies. Thank you to Do-Hee for hosting us in your beautiful home! And for cooking for us! I got started with one of three t-shirt quilts I intend to make.

And on the final day of the month, I joined some fantastic wedding industry friends for brunch hosted by Eileen at Wild Bride.

Lil Spruce! (Genevieve of Lily Spruce‘s baby).

Crazy gals.

Last but not least, the tide pools! Thanks to the extra special blue moon being a super moon (the moon being extra close to the earth) and blood moon (lunar eclipse), all that extra gravity pulls away the sea water for extra low tides, which just happened to align right before sunset. All of that is to say, I jumped on the opportunity to go visit the tide pools, walk out on to the rocks, and see if we could find any cool sea creatures hanging out between the rocks. I recruited Courtney to come with me, and we added Annie and David and their whole family at the last minute too.

Hello everyone! Such a fun activity for the whole family.


Such interesting colors.

Thank you to Courtney for the photos of me!

Mussels galore.

And a fitting way to say farewell to January, 2018. With another beautiful sunset on the California Coast.

Til next month!

Anna Wu is a wedding and portrait photographer based in San Francisco. She compulsively documents and blogs all of her daily adventures. Follow her on instagram and view more of her professional work at