She’s a girl after my own heart: travel and cupcakes.
Her name is Gladys and up until today, she was an online friend. Thanks to the wonders of social media, we “knew” each other without ever meeting. One of my favorite things is meeting people in person, especially other photographers. Since I was going to be in California this weekend, I asked Gladys if we could meet up. We had an awesome time chatting about all things. And cupcakes of course. We’re both cupcake snobs…connoisseurs, if you will. We had delicious cupcakes from Miette at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.
I’ve decided that when I grow up, I want to be as photogenic as Gladys. After looking through the couple of shots that I took…I’m pretty sure she doesn’t take a bad photo!
This was taken on the interval timer (since I hadn’t figured out how to set the regular timer at the time!) I never use it since I’m always behind the camera, but when you’re in San Francisco, you really can’t trust just anyone to take your photo, lest my camera be stolen! Also, I need to travel with a wider lens for self portraits. So since this morning, I learned how to set the self timer on my camera.
One last one that the interval timer caught. See! Gladys = SO pretty!
And basically, I love being in California in the summer. I had a shoot this morning and it was cool and breezy. No sweating involved! It’s just SO different from Texas. So I’m totally happy to come to California for your portrait session especially during the summer months!
Sometimes, I just need to photograph for myself. To get creative on my own time. To explore new ideas sans the pressure of a wedding day. Practicing what can work for engagement sessions, Beloved sessions, and the wedding day. And having fun, of course!
This past weekend while I was in California for Liz and Ryan’s wedding, I got together with a friend who’s majorly into style and collaborated. I love collaboration of this sort. It was me, her, and a friend who used to model. Perfect! Paired with a nice day in San Francisco with warm, buttery light, and it was a fun, casual, and super stylish portrait session.
We used to work together at the same company. While I toiled on Statistics books, she at least got something a little more interesting with Health and Nutrition books. Relatively speaking, of course. She now works elsewhere and writes a style-filled blog called Undeniable Style. Oh and she’s a quilter, too. She’s made some of the most amazing quilts that make the domestic section of my heart aflutter.
So this is just a teaser while I catch up on editing from this weekend’s wedding and Kate’s shoot.
Kate told me she wasn’t a model.
I told her my clients aren’t models either.
With a little help from her friend, Dara, I think we brought the model out in Kate. What do you think?
Much more of this shoot and Liz and Ryan’s wedding coming up!
Congratulations to my friend Vanessa! She just graduated from Law School at Santa Clara University. She’s now busy studying for the California Bar Exam.
I’ve known Vanessa since we studied abroad in Lyon, France, through the University of California Education Abroad Program. She was quiet at first. Emphasis on at first. The shyness quickly melted away and we became fast friends. Since then, we’ve had many crazy adventures. She always makes me laugh. Without even trying. She’s so full of life and so herself…if that makes sense.
Whenever I think of Vanessa, I never remember that she’s a lawyer in the making. I guess that’s because she’s so fun and spirited. I don’t usually associate lawyers with being fun or spirited. Of course, what the heck do I know about lawyers?! Not much. But Vanessa has her serious side. Her studious side. The lawyer side. The combination of these qualities creates the essence of Vanessa. She’ll keep you guessing, but in a good way.
A couple of weeks ago Vanessa asked me if I’d take some photos of her. Of course, how fun!
We started at Lori’s Diner right off of Union Square in San Francisco.
Then we headed out onto Union Square. I asked Vanessa to channel her inner America’s Next Top Model.
Loving this shot:
I love this one. Vanessa is sassy. And I think this photo screams it:
The story behind this set. Well, Vanessa and I were walking from one corner of Union Square to the other. We saw this guy with red denim and a black shirt. We jokingly whispered that she should take a picture with the guy. But they were walking ahead of us and we didn’t bother. Then we arrived at the stairs and ran into the guy with the red pants and his friends. He approached us and asked for a picture. Et voila!