12.31.2014

Modern Jewish Wedding Feature | Sivan & Daniel

Happy New Year's Eve, lovelies!  Any big plans for tonight?  We talked about lots of big plans but never actually committed to doing any of it so we'll probably be staying in with Netflix and yummy food tonight.  Womp womp.  I don't really mind much, though.  I'm not much of a party animal these days anyway, and I can't exactly celebrate with a glass of champagne this year so ... yeah.  The couch it is!

I thought I'd end this year on a high note by sharing with you my first ever print publication feature!  Sivan & Daniel's sweet September wedding was featured earlier this fall in Modern Jewish Wedding magazine!  I'm so honored to have my work, and my awesome clients, featured in this publication and super excited to finally be sharing it with you.  I had to hold off on posting their full wedding until the magazine went to print, but I'll be sharing lots more of their navy chevron/custom wedding dress/peach and fuschia flowers/filled with love day soon.  Enjoy!

wedding feature in modern jewish wedding
wedding feature in modern jewish wedding
wedding feature in modern jewish wedding
wedding feature in modern jewish wedding
wedding feature in modern jewish wedding


Drink an extra glass of champagne for me to celebrate tonight, okay?  Happy New Year!

xo

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12.29.2014

Good Reads | Books Read in 2014

2014 reading list book reviews


So I sort of stole this idea from Like Want Need but since I've totally slacked on my book reviews over the last few months (let's be honest - the last year), I thought it'd be a nice way to recap books read in 2014.

Reading Goal:  32 books (my age)

Actual Books Read:  33, but I'm working on 34 & 35 (Dragonfly In Amber & What To Expect When You're Expecting, 4th Edition) simultaneously and will probably finish one of them before the end of the year

Favorite Book(s):  A Song of Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones), David & Goliath, Eleanor & Park

Least Favorite Book(s):  Sacre Bleu.  I hate saying that because I love Christopher Moore, but it was a little difficult for me to get into.  That being said, I really enjoyed Fool (the other Christopher Moore book on my list this year).

Guilty Pleasure Book(s):  The Sookie Stackhouse series.  I like to think of them as bubble gum books - no nutritional (intellectual) value whatsoever but still totally fun to read.  Plus, I watched True Blood so I wanted to read the books that inspired the series (and I ended up preferring the books to the TV show, go figure.)

Easiest Read:  Bringing Up Bebe.  I finished this book in two days.

Funniest Read(s):  Fool (Christopher Moore) & Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.  Leave it to David Sedaris.

Sweetest Read:  Eleanor & Park.  I don't know any other way to describe this story other than sweet.  It's not all unicorns and roses (Eleanor's abusive & controlling stepdad plays a large role in the story) but the relationship between Eleanor & Park is heartwarming and perfect in its imperfections.

Longest Read:  Blood & Beauty.  The story was interesting, especially since it's based on real historical people and events, but it was pretty dense and took me a while to get through.

Most Fascinating Read:  Beyond Belief.  If you've ever been even a little bit curious about the inner workings of Scientology, this is a must-read.

My goal for 2015 is 33 books, which I totally think is doable considering I reached that this year.  I never thought I'd be a fan of my Kindle but since getting it for my birthday last year, I've read substantially more than I did before.  I still refuse to buy digital books (if I'm going to spend money on a book, I want something tangible to hold in my hands with real pages to turn) but I've checked out most of the books above from the library and for that, the Kindle is amazing.  I love it so much, I bought one for The Husband for Christmas!

What's on your reading list for 2015?  Anything you'd recommend I add to mine?

xo

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12.23.2014

Merry and Bright

holiday greeting from twentieth street


No Twosday post today.  I'll be taking the rest of the week off to spend time with loved ones, reflect on the year that has passed, plan for the new year ahead, and -let's be honest- finish some editing.  I hope you all have a lovely Christmas (if Christmas is your thing), a happy Hanukkah (if Hanukkah is your thing), and a wonderfully jubilant New Year.

Happy Holidays!

xo

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12.21.2014

Sunday Reading

sunday reading on twentieth street


George Clooney has some interesting thoughts on the whole North Korea/The Interview situation.

So apparently these are the kind of articles that interest me now - Off-Script Maternity Style.

Time to add Norway to my travel list.

The rent struggle is real, folks.  And not just in San Francisco (though it definitely seems to be the worst here).

If you're thinking about having portraits done, whether as a family, a couple, or an individual, do it.  And decide to be awesome at it.

I know there are lots out there with strong feelings against them, but I have yet to see any valid arguments against immunizations.  And we should not be having outbreaks of diseases we basically eradicated decades ago.

Andrew Hawkins should be the face of the NFL.  And possibly my new hero.

National Geographic's 2014 Photography Contest Winners always provide inspiration and motivation for me.

And in case you missed it ...

Sunset Silhouettes at Sutro Baths.

I shared Liz & Eric's beautiful Monterey engagement session, along with their intimate wedding at Lovers Point.

And a holiday announcement!  I actually managed to post FOUR times this week - thank goodness for the end of the first trimester. :)

xo

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12.19.2014

Liz & Eric | Wedding at Lovers Point

wedding at lovers point montereyThe day was gray and overcast.  A chilly breeze swept the air.  But it didn't matter.  When I met with Liz at the salon, she was keeping warm with cocktails and thoughts of her marriage, just hours away.  The men were back at the hotel, warming up with booze of their own and watching Maverick to pass the time.  Eric anxiously paced the room a few times while tying his tie but soon enough, it was time to head out.  He was due to meet his bride at Lovers Point for their first look and he did not want to be late.  Liz, back in her own room, put the finishing touches on her make up.  Dress, shoes, and pearl bracelet made everything complete.  Time to combat the wind and clouds for a few moments alone before greeting their guests on the cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  Both were a little camera shy but you wouldn't know it looking at the pictures.  Being in each others' arms was just what they needed to put them at ease.


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12.18.2014

Liz & Eric | A Monterey Engagement

engagement photos at lovers point

Liz and Eric.  These two are just the cutest together.  Liz's more introverted nature led her to believe she'd be nervous in front of the camera but put her beside Eric and the love just shines through her pores.  The two planned to wed in a little park overlooking the ocean in Monterey, fittingly named Lovers Point.  So this past spring, we decided to meet up at that spot for some engagement photos as well, then wandered the coast line until we found ourselves on Cannery Row, near a building previously owned by Liz's family.  The classic west coast scenery was lovely, of course, but these two only had eyes for each other.


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12.16.2014

Twosday | A Holiday Surprise

guinea pig holiday baby announcement
guinea pig holiday baby announcement


Molly & Gia's first human sibling arriving June 2015!  Happy holidays! ♥

xo

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12.15.2014

Myles & Lesly | Sunset Silhouette

I just can't even with this sunset.  And that perfectly timed bird in flight...

sunset engagement photo at sutro baths

xo

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12.11.2014

The Sky Is Falling

rain drops on window pane


Stormaggeddon.  Rainpocalypse.  The Storm of the Decade.  The Storm of the Century (keep in mind, we're only fourteen years into this century . . .).  That's what they're calling it, this massive downpour of water from the heavens.  And by massive downpour I mean 2 to 4 inches of rain . . .  And San Francisco is freaking out.  Schools have canceled classes, businesses are closing for the day or instructing their employees to work from home.  I suppose after being in a drought for the majority of the last seven years, and a severe drought for the last three, some people might have forgotten what rain looks like.  Or how to drive in it.  Or that it only melts wicked witches.  But it's just rain, people.  It's not a tsunami, or a hurricane, or a tornado, or even a Nor'easter.  It's rain.  And some wind.  That's it.  Literally.  And I mean literally in the literal sense, not the emphatic sense.

I suppose it's all relative but after living through 50mph+ wind gusts, and below freezing temps for weeks and months at a time, and multiple feet of snow in one day (and that was in Chicago, not the Arctic tundra), it's hard to take the hype seriously.  In fact, I saved my grocery shopping just for today because I'm pretty sure the usual crazies won't be crowding the Trader Joe's parking lot this afternoon.  They'll be huddled in their bunkers eating canned beans or prepping their row boats for the ensuing Noah's Ark-style floods, no doubt.  Meanwhile, I'll have the whole store all to myself to stock up on hot cocoa and egg nog and ingredients for belly-warming stews and soups.  Because what else can one really do when the weather outside is so frightful but drink warm liquids and eat cozy comfort food?

Stay dry, folks.

xo

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12.04.2014

Winter Wish List

It's been rainy and chilly nearly everyday this week, and we've even had to turn on the heat for the first time since February.  It's that time of year when all I want to do is drink hot cocoa, read books under a warm blanket, live in pajamas all day long, and inevitably gain at least 5 lbs because there's no way I'm going out in the cold rain to work out.  Winter is definitely coming.  And naturally I have cozy-warm-cuddly things on the brain.  These are just a few of the wintery items floating around the internet that have caught my eye lately.

winter wish list twentieth street


1.  Um, hello, a sweater robe!?  Two of my favorite things combined into one.  Yes, please!

2.  A lovely little mug for endless cups of hot cocoa.  And it just happens to match our dinner plates!

3.  Fleece-lined leggings (for less than 20 bucks, I might add....).  I'd imagine it feels like wrapping your legs in warm angel wings.

4.  We don't have a fireplace, but I'm sure this Fireside-scented candle will do just fine.

5.  A wool throw blanket, because a sweater robe and fleece leggings might not be enough for those super chilly evenings.

6.  Super cozy slippers because the footsies need some warm love, too, after a long day in the cold.

7.  Hot cocoa kit, complete with peppermint sticks, marshmallows, and chocolate shavings to warm you up from the inside out.

What's on your winter wish list?

xo

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12.03.2014

Twosday (On A Wednesday) | Christmas Is Coming

leaning tower of pisa christmas ornament
venetian mask christmas ornament


We put up our little apartment-sized tree and some Christmas decor over the weekend, after returning from Texas.  It's definitely Italy (and San Francisco) inspired.

Have you gotten in the holiday spirit yet?

xo

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12.01.2014

Sneak Peek | Julia & Michael

Oh hi lovelies!  I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving and didn't get trampled while shopping on Black Friday.  We headed down to Texas for the week to celebrate with my family but, before skipping town, I had a lovely engagement session with Julia & Michael.  We started off down by the pier at Crissy Field then headed to Fort Mason just as the sun was setting.  More from their sweet session coming soon!

engagement session at crissy field
engagement session at fort mason


xo

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11.23.2014

Sunday Reading

sunday reading link list on twentieth street


Even though wedding season is technically over - no more weddings to shoot until 2015! - there's still tons of editing, family sessions, and engagement sessions on the calendar.  It's going to be a busy couple of weeks before the holidays but, hey, at least I have the kind of job that doesn't really feel like work. :)

Did you do anything exciting this weekend?  Please let me live vicariously through you...

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This road trip through Montana makes me want to pack up our camping gear and hit the road, too.

Hold on, you wanna make my what smell like peaches??  Get over yourself, tech guys.

Millions of ladybugs converging in the Oakland redwoods?  Time for a hike!

A glimpse at Sandy Powell's stunning costumes for the upcoming Cinderella movie.

I've been reading a lot of not-good stuff about Uber lately and it's giving me second thoughts about using the service.  What do you think?

Some gluten-free baking mistakes to avoid this holiday season.

Speaking of gluten-free, I need these cheesy breadsticks in my life asap.

I don't know if I could keep my cool the way this mom did if someone ever said something like this to me...

Interesting thoughts on Obama's recent executive action.

A photographic review of the American heartland.

My shelter, Northern California Family Dog Rescue, made it to the Top 7 finalists for SF's Favorite Charities.  If you have a few extra minutes, please vote!  There's no limit on the number of times you can vote so turn on your favorite tv show and get ready to hit refresh. :)

And in case you missed it...

Andrea & Matt's Alamo Square engagement session was featured this week, along with a sneak peek of their Berkeley wedding.

And some pretty pictures of the Brooklyn Bridge for this week's Twosday theme - Lines.

xo

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11.21.2014

Andrea & Matt | Engagement in Alamo Square

Andrea and Matt chose to do their engagement session in Alamo Square because it was the neighborhood where they first made a home together, a place that holds sweet memories of good times and falling in love.  But it also just so happens to be one of the more popular San Francisco spots, thanks to my favorite childhood show, Full House.  We didn't want their session to be all about Alamo Square Park, though - it may be the backdrop for their love story but it's definitely not the main character.  So we intentionally avoided the famed Painted Ladies and instead sought out other gorgeous nearby buildings and sweet little corners of the park to set the scene for their romantic evening.

Their sweet rescue pup Nova joined us for a few family photos in the beginning before heading off for one-on-one time with Uncle Paul (Andrea's brother).  Then after roaming the park just the three of us, we headed out for a neighborhood adventure and found beautiful Victorian buildings, a cool vintage car, gorgeous pink walls that just so happened to look like perfection with Andrea's outfit, and a lovely blue stoop for a little snuggle time before wrapping up the evening.  Even though we spent a few hours in one of the most recognizable areas of San Francisco, we made sure the iconic backdrop didn't detract from what was most important - Andrea & Matt and their love for each other. ♥

"engagement session in alamo square park"
"engagement session in alamo square park"
"engagement session in alamo square park"
"engagement session in alamo square park"
"engagement session in alamo square park"
"engagement session in alamo square park"
"engagement session in alamo square park"
"engagement session in alamo square park"
"engagement session in alamo square park"
"engagement session in alamo square park"
"engagement session in alamo square park"
"engagement session in alamo square park"
"engagement session in alamo square park"
"engagement session in alamo square park"
"engagement session in alamo square park"
"engagement session in alamo square park"
"engagement session in alamo square park"
"engagement session in alamo square park"
"engagement session in alamo square park"
"engagement session in alamo square park"
"engagement session in alamo square park"


xo

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11.19.2014

Sneak Peeks | Andrea & Matt

A little sneaky-peek from last weekend's wedding at Berkeley's Tilden Park.  It'll be a few weeks before the full wedding is ready but their Alamo Square engagement session will be on the blog this Friday!

Tilden Park Brazilian Room wedding Berkeley
Tilden Park Brazilian Room wedding Berkeley


Aren't they the cutest?

xo

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11.18.2014

Twosday | Lines

brooklyn bridge new york city
brooklyn bridge new york city


xo

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11.14.2014

A Little Glimpse ...

... at what I was doing in New York last week.  Besides filling my heart with fall foliage photos, I mean.

modern glamour photography
modern women's glamour photography
modern women's glamour photography
modern headshots for women

xo

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11.13.2014

#TBT Mexico | Puerto Vallarta Zoo & Botanical Gardens

puerto vallarta botanical gardensI realized last night I never shared photos from our day at the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens or our trip to the zoo!  Such a bad blogger/photographer.  Despite the crazy humidity and vicious mosquitos (thank god for all-natural bug repellant!), we had a nice time exploring the gardens.  And by "exploring the gardens" I mean making a loop on the easiest trail then parking ourselves in the hacienda for some nachos, mocha shakes, and the cool mountain breeze.


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