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PERSONAL, PHOTOGRAPHY

Anytime: Miss M | The Sunset | The Cliff House | San Francisco

08.02.2009

This post is long overdue. But you know, I planned our wedding. Then I got married. Then went to Hawaii. Then moved to Texas. But enough about me, let’s get to the goods!

My friend and photographer pal, Rosaura Sandoval, set up a fun model shoot with her fabulous friend M. Her husband is in the military and stationed in Honduras. It has been a long time since they last saw each other. She wanted to surprise him with some photos, so she was up for just about anything. And let me tell you, she rocked this shoot out of the park!

I think she may have been born in the wrong decade, because she was totally exuding a forties pinup girl vibe. She even had a vintage swimsuit and pincurled her hair. She was a total natural and the camera’s best friend. We shot in a friend’s charming backyard in the Sunset district and at the Cliff House in San Francisco.

Now, don’t let those blue eyes fool you. M is no bored housewife waiting for her husband to return stateside. She is a helicopter pilot. Yes, she FLIES HELICOPTERS. I think I had to pick up my jaw up off the floor when she told us her occupation. I’ve never met a helicopter pilot before, let alone a female helicopter pilot. Go ahead girl!

M is the definition of awesome. I hope her hubby loves these photos!

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I will be in Washington, DC through Thursday. I’ll try to get back to your emails as soon as I can.

Happy Sunday!

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Anytime: Jen, Connie, and Krystle | San Francisco

06.05.2009

A doctor in training. A fashionista designer. An autism therapist.

I know, they are so talented. And I get to call them my friends.

I went to college with these lovely ladies at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). We also traveled across Europe during a 23-day quasi-backpacking trip back in 2006. So fun! When you spend that much time together, you get to know pretty much everything. We have so many fun memories and crazy stories from that trip. All I can say about them is that they rock. They get it. They are funny and caring, and simply some of the best friends I could ask for. Since our trip, we’ve tried to get together on an annual basis. We call it our Europa Reunion!

During our reunion we had a little photoshoot. Considering it was Memorial Day weekend, the kick off of summer, I thought that the weather would be good. Unfortunately it was awful! It was cold and damp and grey. Too freezing for a photo session outside. We had planned a shoot outside, since Connie literally lives down the street from City Hall in San Francisco (which is GORGEOUS!), but instead ended up rocking it in Connie’s living room. It was fun. We got to be silly. Just like old times.

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Krystle is a therapist who works with children with autism. She has amazing patience while she can also be one of the silliest people I know. She was stoked to get to hang out with Frieda and Walter when she came to visit. In fact, they shared the couch with her! (BTW, Frieda and Walter are my dachshunds.) We first met during our second year of college in the Filipino organization, Kaibigang Pilipino. We found out that we lived on the same part of campus and we became quick friends. The following year, I studied abroad in France, and I would call Krystle on my walks home from going out. It would be like 3am in France, and 12pm in California, and I would stand in my favorite phone book to make the long distance call with my calling card. Good times! She’s going to graduate school to earn her Master’s in Healthcare Administration. She’s going to change the face of the nation’s healthcare system, I just know it.

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Jen was Krystle’s apartment mate. My first memory of Jen is that she loves Star Wars. And cats. And dogs. And animals in general. Jen always welcomed me into their apartment as I was one of the roommates. In fact, they made me an honorary roommie! I remember a lot of laughs together while hanging out at their apartment. Jen recently moved up to Oakland to attend medical school. She’s going to be a podiatrist. So if you need a doctor who can help out with feet because of wearing crazy heels or something of the like, look Jen up in a few years!

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Connie was the stylist for this shoot. In fact, the whole shoot was originally her idea that she had suggested months ago. I’m so glad it finally came to fruition. Connie moved up to San Francisco to go to Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM). It was funny (now, anyway) the first time I went to hang out with Connie because I nearly was trapped in her parking garage. It was pretty ridiculous. We were able to convince a resident of the building as she drove in the garage to let us borrow her garage opener. Luckily after some pleading and near-begging, and maybe just enough pestering (I mean, I was ready to bribe her), she helped us out. I had to pick up Cent from the airport that night!

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Oh my friends. The one bummer thing about being the photographer all the time is that getting in the shot is hard! Even if you compose and set up for someone else to take the shot, it doesn’t always work out. Instead, here are my fabulous girls, being themselves. Love it!

Happy Friday!

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