Category archives: behind the scenes

  • 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[...]
  • Mairin & Nikhil | Heirloom Wedding Album

  • I absolutely love Mairin and Nikhil's final products from their two-day Indian wedding celebration. We created a wonderfully large 80-page book to include as many photos as possible while still keeping a beautiful, clean layout. And in addition to their large 12x12" album, they also created two 6x6"[...]
  • Big Trees | Sequoia National Park

  • Four Chicago boys and me. I picked up Vince and his brother Kevin who had each flown in to SFO, and we drove southeast from the Bay Area while Alex and Eric drove northeast from Los Angeles. Our destination: Sequoia National Park, one of the nine national parks in California. We would camp for two n[...]
  • Dining & Boating in Chicago | Travel Photography

  • In mid-July, I found myself taking a spontaneous trip to Chicago to meet Jesse who was there for work. We then commenced with lots of eating and even a bit of boating. Meal one as soon as I got in from O'Hare: Boka, (located next door to Alinea, but we'll be back for that next month). They just c[...]
  • Atelier Crenn | San Francisco Food Photography

  • July started with a bang as we headed to Atelier Crenn, recently remodeled with brand new interiors and an expanded tasting menu. Chef Dominique Crenn is oft cited as the only female chef in the country who has two Michelin stars, and she very memorably writes her menus as poems, with each line repr[...]
  • Over the River & Through the Woods | Kings Canyon

  • We awoke on day three of our Sequoia/Kings Canyon camping trip and got ready to tackle the 9-mile hike for the day. Our campsite for this second night was pretty perfect, with the sound of the river nearby, tall trees surrounding a clearing, and nice flat ground for all our tents. We packed up [...]
  • A Bay Area Fourth of July

  • We opened the second half of 2014 with a lovely week in the Bay Area when Jesse came to visit. Basically, we ate our way around the Bay and enjoyed some Fourth of July fireworks too.   We got to use the remainder of a gift certificate I had to Pizzaiolo in Oakland. And them some ice cream at Ic[...]