Author archives: Anna

  • Stephanie

  • I did a really fun test shoot today with young aspiring actress Stephanie Isidro. I know it may look very iPod-ad-esque, but it'll actually be on an article for Mochi's blog titled "The Anti-iPod." I just think her hair looks awesome!
  • Erica & Robert's Engagement

  • This was an absolutely gorgeous engagement session with Erica, Robert, and Erica's daughter up at the Kunde Estate Winery. Because Erica works at the winery, we had free reign to the 1,850-acre property after hours. We were surrounded by breathtaking views and a beautiful sunset. I've never liked le[...]
  • Light Writing

  • Armed with flashlights, cell phones, tripod, and my camera, we headed up the hill for some light writing fun. These photos always turn out super impressive because the camera documents what we can't see in front of us. But it's just physics! And all it really takes is a very slow shutter (as long as[...]
  • California Road Trip

  • Since I had a 4 days off for Memorial Day weekend, I talked Dan Garrison into booking tickets and flying over from Philly for some adventures from the Bay Area to Los Angeles. Pictures first. Then an overview of how our California road trip went down. Dan in front of Mann's Chinese Theater in Holly[...]
  • Oakland Science Fair

  • Last night was an interesting experiment in convergences of threads of my life: photography meets teaching meets Duke meets TAF. A couple weeks ago, I brought some of my students to a Dinner with Scientists event hosted by our Oakland Unified School District science department. Of course, while we w[...]
  • In My Own Backyard

  • San Francisco Bay Area. I am still endlessly amazed that I actually live here.Within the last week, several different friends have come and gone on their various Bay Area visits, and it's been a great excuse for me to rediscover the sights that surround me.Berkeley. The view from Ho Chie's r[...]
  • Taiwanese American Cultural Festival, SF

  • Wow. It's been a year.At this time last year, I was visiting the Bay Area and interviewing with Oakland Teaching Fellows. It's amazing to think how quickly life moves by. The week I was visiting also happened to be Taiwanese American heritage week, and I got to be here for part of the Taiwanese [...]
  • Pacific Grove

  • Sunsets are so obviously beautiful, every camera-wielding human being seems compelled to take a photo.Sunsets, flowers, cute babies... I guess I can't stop myself either.This is a collection of sunset images from Pacific Grove when we went on a spontaneous weekend visit back in March. It[...]
  • Adam Wang

  • Adam Wang is an actor based in Los Angeles. In fact, he's the killer that James Van Der Beek is chasing down he whole time in Formosa Betrayed. And he delivers some great lines in flawless Mandarin at the end.While he was up here visiting the Bay Area, Adam wanted to do dramatic artsy shoot, rem[...]
  • Shawna Yang Ryan

  • Shawna Yang Ryan is a talented hapa Taiwanese American writer whose debut novel, Water Ghosts, was just released on Thursday. This week, I met up with Shawna for a late-afternoon shoot on the UC Berkeley campus. Read the spotlight article we just posted on TaiwaneseAmerican.org and visit Shawna'[...]
  • Cynthia, Alanna, Alice: Singer-Songwriters

  • Three Taiwanese-American Female Singer-SongwritersIt was an epic meeting as three Taiwanese American female singer-songwriters converged upon Berkeley and were introduced to each other for the first time. From left to right: Cynthia Lin from New York, Alanna Lin from Los Angeles, and Alice Tong [...]
  • Another Look at New York

  • I am back in Oakland now. It's a funny feeling to be in a plane for 6 hours and yet still have a whole day ahead of me; I departed at 9am and arrived before 1pm. Between reading Shawna Yang Ryan's new book (Water Ghosts) and watching hours of DirectTV (thanks JetBlue!), I edited a couple more photos[...]