Category archives: behind the scenes

  • San Francisco Staycation | October Travelogues

  • Thanks to an awesome hotel deal, I snagged a $25/night stay at Hotel Tomo, an adorable boutique hotel in San Francisco's Japantown. Sure, it was a random Tuesday in the middle of the week, but I am not one to pass up the opportunity to enjoy a "staycation" right here in San Francisco. So I packed a [...]
  • Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz

  • Alcatraz is just one of those tourist destinations that I've never really felt compelled to visit. It's right there in the middle of the Bay, so close and yet so far. But the thing that finally pushed me to buy a ferry ticket was hearing about a new art installation that just opened on the island: A[...]
  • San Francisco in October

  • For Jesse's October visit to San Francisco, I got to do two tourists' staples that I have still not managed to do in the six years that I've lived here: ride bikes across the Golden Gate Bridge and take the ferry out to Alcatraz Island. We'll save Alcatraz for another post, but here's our bike ride [...]
  • Sonoma Crush Wine Harvest Festival

  • Today, we take a little break from the midst of wedding season to head up to Sonoma Valley for a harvest celebration, California-style. It was actually last week that I made this little day trip with my friends Tiffany and Dan. We spent the day touring and tasting at four different wineries-- all pa[...]
  • Michelle & Xavier | Heirloom Wedding Album

  • I just love seeing a finished album, the perfect way of capturing a wedding story for generations to come. We created a beautiful silver silk album for Michelle and Xavier. It's a 10x10" size, debossed with their names and wedding date. Michelle and her mother share such a special relationsh[...]
  • Sonoma Coast Retreat

  • It's a three-hour drive from the San Francisco up along the California Coast to Sea Ranch. And since I was making the trek to photograph a beautiful wedding up there, I decided to turn it into a little weekend retreat. On the way up, I stopped at this little roadside cafe in Jenner for brunch.    [...]
  • Talya's Poem

  • This is for anyone who has ever felt not-good-enough; for anyone who has been frustrated by their own impossibly high standards; for anyone who struggles. My friend Talya wrote this little prayer for herself and posted it on Facebook months and months ago, and when I initially saw it, it just seemed[...]
  • Alinea | Chicago Fine Dining

  • Back in June of last year, a group of twelve of us had an incredible experience dining at The French Laundry in Napa Valley. Immediately afterwards, we started plotting our next group dining experience and set our sights on Alinea in Chicago. I really liked the idea of dining with a group, but after[...]
  • Jessica & Alex | Chicago Wedding & Travel Photography

  • We walked into the former macaroni factory-turned-artists' lofts, a character-filled space perfectly befitting Jessica and Alex. After we ascended six flights of stairs, we were treated to the most spectacular gem, with all of downtown Chicago ready to serve as the backdrop to the wedding ceremony. [...]
  • Super Easy Charging Station | Home in the Bay

  • Friday night means... charging batteries so I can shoot two weddings this weekend! Ok, not the most exciting thing in the world, but it always used to be such a headache and an eyesore to track down enough outlets for all the chargers. I finally put together this super simple charging station, a.k.a[...]
  • Afternoon Tea at my Studio

  • Ever since I got my little office space this year, I've been hosting wonderful little tea parties for my friends and prospective clients. I recently fell in love with the idea of afternoon tea because of all the attention to detail and the care that it takes to put together all of the different trea[...]