7.31.2014

Portraits | Ellen

She was a bit nervous that morning, pointing out the "flaws" we'd have to work with and the little things she'd prefer to hide.  Though I personally think even the flaws are beautiful.  After some tea to calm the nerves and some pretty hair and makeup to boost the confidence, she was ready to get started.  We focused more on capturing beautiful portraits for most of the session but added just a little bit of boudoir at the end.  I mean, how could we not?  Turns out, she's a natural in front of the camera and she didn't even realize it.

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"beautiful womens portraits"
"beautiful womens portraits"
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"portraits of women"

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"elegant boudoir photography"
"elegant boudoir photography"
"elegant boudoir photography"
"elegant boudoir photography"
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xo

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7.30.2014

The San Francisco Marathon

The Husband ran the San Francisco Marathon this past weekend and I ... played the role of Runner Wife.  Woke up at 4:45am (which was totally fine by me since it's about the time insomnia hits and wakes me up anyway), drove him to the starting line, came home and tried to sleep a few more hours while he was out running the streets of SF but really just ended up tossing and turning then reading in bed for a bit, then went back to meet him at the finish line.  Pretty easy morning for me, I'd say.

But for him?  Well, he said it was easy, too, which totally blows my mind.  "Running" and "easy" are polar opposites for me.  This is the third time The Husband has run the SF Marathon and each time he gets better and better.  Even though he's two years older now than the last time he ran it, he beat his personal best time by half an hour!  And after the race, while other runners were collapsing to their knees as soon as they crossed the finished line, The Husband says, "That was actually a really fun run!"  Like it was just a casual morning jog and not one of the world's toughest marathons.  I can't tell you how proud I am of this guy.  Not just for beating his personal best time but for his awesome attitude on race day and throughout training - waking up at 5am everyday for five months isn't easy, even for someone who thinks running is fun!  He was committed to improving and worked hard to earn that medal, the smile on his face, and -most importantly- the free beer at the end of the race.  And I couldn't be more proud of him.

"2014 san francisco marathon"

Biker guy had amazingly good timing ... at getting in the way of my shot.

"2014 san francisco marathon"
"2014 san francisco marathon"
He represents.

"2014 san francisco marathon"
"2014 san francisco marathon"
"2014 san francisco marathon"
"2014 san francisco marathon"
"2014 san francisco marathon"

xo

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7.29.2014

Twosday | Animals

"rescue dogs at animal shelter"

Bet you thought I'd post photos of Molly and Gia, huh?

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For those of you new to the Twosday link-up, the rules are simple:

1. Share two photos every Tuesday with minimal words.
(If you share your posts on Twitter, be sure to use the hashtag #TwosdayLinkUp )

2. Remember to grab the button below or link back in your post so more people can join the Twosday party.

3. Visit 2 other entries and share some love.  Let's support and encourage each other to pick up our cameras (or phones!) and play a little!


Next week's theme: Architecture


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The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don't have to explain things with words. -Elliott Erwitt

xo

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7.24.2014

Portraits of a 2-Year Old

My niece is turning two in a few days so my sister-in-law wanted to capture a classic portrait as her oldest girl leaves babyhood behind and enters the adventurous world of toddlerhood.  The idea was to create a timeless black and white portrait that really could've been taken at any point in the last century.  It's totally outside of my "normal" style of shooting but I thought the challenge could be fun and was more than happy for an excuse to spend some time with my sweet niece.  We spent about 20 minutes together, just the two of us, and I had no idea how it would go when we first started.  It required some creative thinking and a few Mickey Mouse stickers to keep her attention but I have to say, I'm pretty happy with the final product.  I think it'd be fun to make this an annual tradition to document how she grows and matures both physically and personality-wise in the years to come.

"classic black and white portraits"


Have you ever done any "milestone" portraits with your family?  (Other than the always-embarrassing school photos, of course!)

xo

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7.23.2014

Easy Homemade Tortilla Chips

"homemade tortilla chips"

Since giving up the gluten, I find we always seem to have corn tortillas on hand (among the bags of rice and quinoa).  They're great for everything from a wrapping up a breakfast taco to dipping in chunky soup.  Or, as I prefer to have them, baked up into a crisp tortilla chip and dipped in creamy guacamole.  Yes, you can buy a bag of chips at the store but why settle for chips hanging out in a plastic bag on a shelf for days when you can have them hot from the oven and sprinkled in sea salt?  Plus, this recipe is so easy it's hard to even call it a recipe.  You could make these right now and snack on them for lunch.  Seriously.  Go ahead, make them.

"homemade tortilla chips"
"homemade tortilla chips"
"homemade tortilla chips"
"homemade tortilla chips"
"homemade tortilla chips"


What You Need

6 to 8 corn tortillas, or more if you want more chips
Olive oil
Sea salt

What You Do

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Brush the olive oil onto both sides of each of the tortillas, then stack the tortillas and slice them into eight triangles.
3. Line the triangles in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet then sprinkle them with sea salt.
4. Bake chips for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and slightly crisp.  Let them cool a bit on the baking sheet before enjoying with your fave dip.  Or munching on them all by themselves.  They're actually pretty addictive all on their own.

"homemade tortilla chips"


xo


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7.22.2014

Twosday | Please Take A Seat

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"twosday photography link up twentieth street"


A camera photo and a phone photo.

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For those of you new to the Twosday link-up, the rules are simple:

1. Share two photos every Tuesday with minimal words.
(If you share your posts on Twitter, be sure to use the hashtag #TwosdayLinkUp )

2. Remember to grab the button below or link back in your post so more people can join the Twosday party.

3. Visit 2 other entries and share some love.  Let's support and encourage each other to pick up our cameras (or phones!) and play a little!

Next week's theme: Animals (Wild or Domestic!)

Twentieth Street



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The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don't have to explain things with words. -Elliott Erwitt

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7.21.2014

A Few Frames

Just wanted to pop in and share a couple of sneak peeks with you from the weekend.  Two lovely couples, two lovely sessions.

"creative engagement photo session"
"creative engagement photography"

How was your weekend?

xo

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7.15.2014

Twosday | Summer Fruits

"blueberries with sugar"
"blueberry crumble"

Blueberries and their naughty alter ego, Blueberry Crumble.

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For those of you new to the Twosday link-up, the rules are simple:

1. Share two photos every Tuesday with minimal words.
(If you share your posts on Twitter, be sure to use the hashtag #TwosdayLinkUp )

2. Remember to grab the button below or link back in your post so more people can join the Twosday party.

3. Visit 2 other entries and share some love.  Let's support and encourage each other to pick up our cameras (or phones!) and play a little!

Next week's theme: Please Take a Seat (A chair, bench, a log, or any other place you might like to sit for a while.)

Twentieth Street




Last Week's Most Viewed: Et Cetera

"summer photography link up"




The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don't have to explain things with words. -Elliott Erwitt

xo

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7.14.2014

A Toddler at the Zoo

On yesterday's agenda: Take the Niece to the zoo for her 2nd birthday.  We made a family day out of it (thanks to my father-in-law for some of the photos below!) and met up at the gate right when the zoo opened.  She was so excited to see the animals, she kept doing this little leg-kick dance move while squealing about seeing "George the Monkey" (aka Curious George) and all his animal friends.

"toddler at san francisco zoo"

"toddler at san francisco zoo"
Totally unrelated side note and fair warning for anyone who ever visits San Francisco - even though it's mid-July, the zoo happens to be in a foggy/windy part of town right near the Pacific Ocean.  And even though our neighborhood was sunny and 70 degrees yesterday, jackets, sweaters, and scarves were definitely required at the zoo where it was 61 and foggy ... in the summer... just about seven miles away from our apartment ...  Those San Francisco microclimates are no joke.

"family time at san francisco zoo"
A family of Monarch butterflies.


One of the Niece's requests was to see the giraffes and zebras.  Lucky for us the SF Zoo houses them together in the African Savanna.  They were grazing a bit towards the back of their space, so she didn't see them when we first approached, but eventually she spotted them.  They can tried to hide all they want but they're not exactly the most camouflaged of animals.

"family time at san francisco zoo"

"family time at san francisco zoo"

Before leaving the zoo, we visit the Family Farm where you can get up close with donkeys, pigs, and horses, and brush and feed the goats and sheep.  Those goats know people have food, too, and they are not afraid to walk right up and give a little nudge to get your attention.  These two nanny goats were the least aggressive of the bunch and were perfectly happy sitting still while the Little Human in the Red Coat shove handfuls of food in front of their faces.  The white one on the left loved getting some little scratches behind the ears, too.

"feeding the goats at the san francisco zoo"



After all the cool animals, the highlight of the day was meeting a human dressed in a polar bear suit.  We'd just visited the polar bear exhibit shortly before lunch so bears were fresh on her mind and I'm about 95% sure she thought this guy was one of the polar bears we'd just seen.  When she saw him, she started doing her leg-kick dance move again and shouted, "HOLY MOLY POLAR BEAR!!!" then proceed to rattle off a list of all the other animals she'd seen that day.

"George the Monkey! Zebras! Giraffe! Sea Lion! Penguins! POLAR BEAR!"

She wanted to tell Mr. Polar Bear alllllllll about her day at the zoo and she was not wasting a second with him.  Luckily, the crowd of other kids waiting for their turn to get a photo with the bear thought it was funny, too.  She wouldn't get close enough to hug the bear (it's good to know she has at least a tiny bit of fear when approaching bears....) but she did request a "high five, polar bear!"  If it wasn't the highlight of the day for her, it definitely was for us.  I've never seen someone so excited about a guy in a white bear suit before.

"family time at san francisco zoo"
My niece obviously stole the show when it came to camera time but if you want to see more of the actual animals, check out this post from our last visit to the San Francisco Zoo.  Or check out the zoo for yourself next time you're in town - just be sure to bring a jacket!

xo

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