8.28.2014

On Loss

Earlier this week, my grandfather-in-law (“Nonno”) passed away. We knew it was coming. Back in June, the docs said he had just a few months left. His body was slowly shutting down, preparing the soul for the next journey, and he wouldn’t be with us much longer. When told the prognosis, he said, “Well, I’m 93 years old. What the hell do you expect?”

And even though we knew it was coming, even though it was expected, it still feels so sudden. As if time paused and everything that’s happened in the last 48 hours since we went to visit has actually been happening in slow motion over the course of weeks and months. I’ve lost a lot of family members in my 32 years -fourteen that I can recall off the top of my head- and it never gets easier. No matter the circumstances or how expected or unexpected it may be, it’s still tough and requires time to process. I want to share so many stories with you about him - all of his jokes and funny remarks (“I got shell shock in the war. I ate too many peanuts.”), his amazing World War II experiences, the beautiful-yet-hilarious story of how he and his wife of 68 years first met - but I can’t right now. Not quite yet.

It’ll be quiet around here the next few days as we grieve and remember and process all that has happened, but I do want to share one little video with you. Sometime during the first year of the Husband and I dating, Nonno started asking me the same question every time I saw him. “When is he gonna put a ring on your finger?” So when we finally got engaged after four and a half years of dating, we wanted to tell him in person and we really wanted to record his response. It’s my favorite video we have of him and I know I’ll watch it many, many times to come, even if just to hear that familiar loving greeting, “Oh, my granddaughter! Stephanie my granddaughter!”



Love you, too, Nonno.

xo

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8.26.2014

Twosday | Toys

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Spotted a few toys around the shelter recently.

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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: Your City


Twentieth Street





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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8.22.2014

Engagement Session Feature on The Wedding Concierge

I've been unofficially calling this season the Summer of Love, with all the engagements, elopements, and weddings I've been shooting. And one such lovely engagement session was featured this week on The Wedding Concierge! Megan & Anthony's beautiful San Francisco engagement was featured yesterday and their awesome Piedmont wedding will be featured on the blog soon, as well. Click here to check it out! Double the the feature, double the love.

Congrats, lovebirds!



xo

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8.21.2014

Why Working From Home Sucks Sometimes

Don't get me wrong, I love working from home. It perfectly suits my introverted personality and is definitely my preferred work environment over the traditional office setting. But not everything in life is peaches and cream, honey. Even working from home has its downsides.

The downsides to working from home


You start talking to yourself... a lot

There's always some kind of banter or chitchat between coworkers throughout the course of a work day. It's what makes office life fun and bearable. You share stories, tell jokes, comment on current happenings and events, or commiserate over dreaded projects. Sometimes you chat with coworkers just to think out loud or run an idea by them. When you work from home, you'll still want to say all those funny little quips and share those random thoughts and stories, except there are no coworkers to hear you. It's just . . . you. So you say it anyway . . . to yourself. At first, it feels strange. But after a while, you hardly even notice when you're doing it. And that is when it becomes dangerous because now you're just one step away from talking to yourself in public, which means you're just one step away from officially crazy thanks to working from home.

Pajamas and "comfy clothes" dominate your daily wardrobe

The first few days or weeks of working from home, you'll still make an effort to get dressed at a normal time in the morning and be ready for the day. You might dress more casually than you would if going into an office, but still - you're dressed. And then, as time slowly passes and you settle in to this new work-ten-feet-from-your-bedroom routine, you start to dress a little later in the day. Then a little bit later. And, when you do get dressed, you dress just a little more casually. And then a little bit more casually, until your daywear becomes nearly indistinguishable from your nightwear. Probably because it is your nightwear. (And by 'nightwear' I mean pajamas, not going-out-to-the-club clothes. Girl, please. Ain't nobody got time for that.)

You forget to eat normal meals at normal meal times

It's 11am and your stomach is roaring like the mighty king of the jungle all because you forgot to eat breakfast when you woke up four hours ago and immediately sat down to work. It's understandable. Forgetting breakfast is easy to do when the kitchen table is also your desk and sitting down at it means getting lost in work for the better part of the morning. Or maybe the Roaring Tummy comes at 3pm because you worked through the normal lunch hour without realizing it and your stomach has been an empty pit for the last three hours. It's understandable. Forgetting lunch is easy to do when there are no coworkers wandering past your door on their way out for a midday meal to tip you off.

Your pets become your best friends/colleagues/office mates

Every stress, every anxious train of thought, every new budding idea needs to be vented and heard out loud, and the only open ears around the home office are covered in fur. Before, I'd wander into a friend/coworker's office, shut the door, and release whatever was on my mind or stressing me out over chocolates or coffee. Now I have to bribe Molly & Gia with blueberries and hay so they'll at least look like they're paying attention to me while I run business ideas by them or vent about the latest stresses. They're not just guinea pigs anymore. They're my therapists/business coaches/life advisors, too. If only I could translate their squeaky responses.

You will develop adult ADD

No matter how much you like your work, there are some times when everything else imaginable sounds more appealing than actually doing work. In an office, those temptations are usually kept in check by the fact that there are other people around to see what you're doing and, more likely than not, at least one of those other people is your boss/manager/superior of some sort. Not so when you work from home. No one can see the rabbit hole of internet articles you've wandered down or the ridiculous number of Buzzfeed quizzes you've taken. And if that wasn't bad enough already, you also have the added temptation of all the other distractions that come with working from home - pets, household chores, things in the cabinet that want to be baked, pretty light flowing through the window just so, and let's not forget all the notification buzzes and blinks from email and Facebook and Twitter, oh my! Somehow all the distractions! become even harder to resist when you work from home.

You have no real schedule

This might actually tie into the whole all the distractions! problem. When your office is one room over from your bedroom or living room (or in my case, actually in your kitchen), it's really hard to resist sitting at your desk first thing in the morning and just doing "one or two" (yeah right) tasks - which explains the whole "missing breakfast" thing above. Or imagine you have a few errands you need to run and rather than doing it in the evening or on the weekend when everyone else in the world will be out running errands, too, you decide to do it after lunch on a Wednesday. Yay! Avoid the crowds & traffic! Ah, the freedom of working from home. Except the never-ending To Do list of self-employment means never-ending guilt about any time spent not working--and double guilt for taking time away from a week day--so you guilt yourself into making it up later by channeling your inner night owl and burning the midnight oil. With a flexible schedule and no one in charge but you, that whole 9-to-5 business can become totally meaningless in the work-from-home world.

How do you feel about working from home? Do you enjoy it or do you prefer a traditional office environment?

xo

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8.19.2014

Twosday | Self-Portraits




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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: Toys


Twentieth Street








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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8.16.2014

Amazon Giveaway with Treasure Tromp

Happy Saturday lovelies!  I'm off to a wedding in just a few hours (the second of my double-header weekend) but I just wanted to stop in and share this giveaway with you.  Up for grabs to one very lucky reader is a $50 Amazon gift card, ad space with both Tiny Painter and Treasure Tromp, a print of your choice from my Print Shop (8x10 or 8x12), and two books by Anna Scanlon!  I think your Saturday just got a little more awesome.

May the odds be ever in your favor.
  $50 Amazon Giveaway
Stephanie of Twentieth Street | Margo of Guten Blog Y'all | Miho of Wander to Wonder Lena of Tiny Painter | Kelley of Move By Yourself Nicole of Treasure Tromp | NaNa of Foreign Geek | Anna of Anna In Wonderland
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8.12.2014

Twosday | Birds' Eye View

"birds eye view twosday link up"
"birds eye view twosday link up"


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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 little to no 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: Self-Portraits


Twentieth Street



Last Week's Most Viewed: Et Cetera

"twentieth street photography linkup"





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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8.11.2014

Feature on Today.com

I promise to post a real post soon but I can't resist bragging about my clients yet again.  Melissa & Ryan's wedding & wedding story are featured on Today.com this lovely Monday and I seriously encourage you to check it out.  Remember the crazy wild fire in Yosemite around this time last year?  Yeah, that happened the week of Melissa & Ryan's YOSEMITE wedding, which had to be completely re-planned just 48 hours before their wedding date because the fire unexpectedly spread to their wedding venue!!  These two had such a wonderful attitude throughout the whole ordeal and their friends and family rallied to make their day happen no matter what.  I'll be sharing more of their wedding photos with you here very soon but, in the mean time, click on over to the Today Show feature and getting ready to have your heartstrings tugged just a little bit.



Happy Monday!
xo

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8.10.2014

Sunday Reading

"creative photography"

I've been playing with shooting through things like prisms and other fun glass to create interesting in-camera effects.  Now to figure out how I want to work these tools into wedding day shoots...

While I'm thinking about that, here's some web love to occupy your Sunday morning.


I wonder if this Buddha tree was the inspiration for the heart trees in Game of Thrones...

The slow Italian lifestyle sounds like it's my kind of thing.

Have you ever heard of the Teddy Girls?  They were the first "girl gang" and they sound kind of awesome...

If you're visiting SF, I highly recommend public transit.  Parking sucks.

Here's what happens when a supermodel violates your copyright.

An entire city freezes for one minute to honor those lost during WWII.  Beautiful.

SPF and your wedding day photos.  If you're still figuring out your wedding day makeup sitch, you might want to read this.

How am I just discovering Notorious RBG?

If CSA has taught me anything, it's that even the ugly mutant produce can be delicious.  Supermarkets are finally catching on, too...

Speaking of food, I think I've found my easy lunch for the week.

And dessert, too.

We'll add this cutie in, too, just to make it an even dozen. :)

Oh, yeah!  In case you missed it -

Christina & Lex's destination wedding in Cancun was featured on Melissa Hearts Weddings this week and we shared lovely Architecture photos for the Twosday link up.  (Upcoming theme: Birds' Eye View)

xo

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8.09.2014

Feature on Melissa Hearts Weddings

Happy Saturday, lovelies!  I'm so excited to share this news with you - Christina & Alexis' destination wedding in Cancun was featured on Melissa Hearts Weddings yesterday!  Stop by to check out their beautiful, bright decor and gorgeous beach portraits.  And stayed tuned because I'll be sharing more from their wedding here with you next week. <3



xo

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8.07.2014

Raquel & Tim | A Tilden Park Engagement

We shot Raquel & Tim's Tilden Park engagement session just a few weeks before their wedding and the giddiness and excitement of their impending nuptials colored the whole shoot.  The two love hiking, being outdoors, and being with each other so Berkeley's beautiful hilly park just before sunset was the perfect setting for them.  We started the session off with a steam train ride along one of the park's scenic ridges then hiked along the trails, stopping whenever pretty patches of light or can't-resist backdrops caught our attention.  The natural beauty that surrounded us was enough to brighten anyone's day but these two mostly had eyes for each other.  And I couldn't get them to stop smiling even if I wanted to.

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"tilden park engagement photos"More from their Sonoma wedding coming soon!

xo

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8.05.2014

Twosday | Architecture

"oakland temple"
"oakland california temple"

Love the details.

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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: Birds' Eye View 

(Get up high and check out the view from above!)


Twentieth Street

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


Last Week's Most Viewed: Betsy Transatlantically





xo

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8.04.2014

Sneak Peek | The Details

I was really feeling the dark backdrop for Diana's wedding day details.  Nothing to steal the spotlight away from all the prettiness.

"timeless wedding ring and bouquet"


xo

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8.01.2014

Friday Finds | Hello Soap

Hello Soap

"hello soap etsy shop"


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The pretty packaging and photos caught my eye first.  Then I read the ingredients.  Mango butter.  Coconut oil.  Mediterranean sea salt.  Lavender essential oil.  I don't know what I'd rather do - slather it all over my body or eat it for lunch.  I especially love the customizable soaps (great for wedding or party favors) and the groomsmen gift set because, let's be honest, we all know guys secretly love this kind of stuff too even though they'd never actually buy it themselves.  Who knows, some of these little goodies might just make it under the Christmas tree in a few months.  It's never too early for holiday shopping.

PS - How is it August 1st already?!?!

Happy Weekend.
xo

As with the other Friday Finds, this is not a sponsored post. I just wanted to share some pretty things I've found with you. :)

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