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Not the week to give up sugar…

And thank goodness I never would… blackjetbakingcoNot as long as Gillian Shaw (of Black Jet Baking Company) is sharing her baking talent with the world.

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It was a fun day with a fun crew. Big thanks to Tessa Watson and Debbie Wilson for helping make this delicious day happen… a photo shoot with chocolate is my favorite kind of photo shoot.

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To purchase your own yummy Black Jet treats click here: https://www.goodeggs.com/blackjet

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you’ve drunk their wine and eaten their food…

Now Sonoma Valley Wine wants you to know the people behind the good wine and food of Sonoma County…

sonoma1Aaron Piotter of Ferrar-Carano.                            Chef Ari Rosen from Scopasonoma2
Karin Warnelius Miller and Justin Miller of Garden Creek (left).
Jake Bilbro and Scot Bilbro of Limmerick Lane (right).
sonoma3Sarah Quider of of Ferrar-Carano.                                       Joel Peterson of Ravenswood.

Look for a fun new campaign coming soon, brought to you by Sonoma Valley Wine and The Idea Cooperative and photographed by me, with lots of styling and reflecting help from Morgan Bellinger and Debbie Wilson.

Make Yourself…

Recently I was asked to document a few Women’s Nike Training Clubs at local universities…

The Nike Training Club workout is a free 6 week long fitness course that offers 60 minute full body, high intensity interval trainings that are designed to get you lean, toned and strong. Participating will not only get you fit, but also give you the opportunity to get a free Nike women’s tank top (if a women’s tank is not good for you, maybe re-gift to a friend) and put you in the running for $500. (Description from the UC Berkeley website.)

I didn’t get a free tank top, but I did get inspired by watching so many young women working hard to make themselves strong and healthy. And funny enough…  all the up and downs that I tried to keep up with throughout the one hour workout meant that I came away with sore legs too. Yikes. I guess I need a Nike Training Club to start in Petaluma… but that is wishful thinking. I don’t believe Petaluma is high on Nike’s radar. So I guess I will have to settle for the free workout app instead.

 

 

My Best Tip-Toe Forward…

Last week I received a phone call from a well-known company asking to see my portfolio. They wanted to see still life, food and some people (because they don’t usually do much photography of people.)

While that phone call was very exciting, the problem was that no one had ever asked me to send in an actual printed portfolio before… so I didn’t have a portfolio to send.

Inspired, I started enthusiastically dragging out the hard drives and digging though the archives. Eventually I came up with a portfolio containing my most favorite 137 photos.

Luckily my talented graphic designer and trusty adviser, Tyler Young, said 137 photos might be a tad too many. So reluctantly, I whittled the portfolio down and here it is… my best (abridged) attempt to tip-toe further into the commercial world of still-life and food… with just a few people.

A Day in Point Reyes with Susan Hayes…

I spent the whole day playing in Point Reyes today with three amazing women, and one very helpful man. The purpose of our playing was to create a new collection of photos for Susan Hayes to use to promote her store in Point Reyes Station.

Conditions were perfect.

We had the dream team of talent with: Mariah the gorgeous model, Aimée the fabulous stylist, Susan the director and artist extraordinaire, and Jack the debonair car-moving paparazzi. The locations were so fantastically diverse. And the fog came and went exactly on schedule.

We had so much fun that it made me think that maybe, just maybe, I could get used to a little more fashion photography in my life.

Going Corporate…

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InsideTrack, the college coaching company I have been photographing for the past few months wanted photographs of their new office to show the community of InsideTrack. So I started the day by photographing their monthly phone conference call at 8:30 in the morning.

Now come on, who wants to be photographed at a meeting at 8:30 in the morning? I was not expecting to get very much as I tip-toed into the room… and well… all I can say is these people make early morning conference calls look like fun and it had nothing to do with me… I was just a fly on the wall.

And that was the case for the whole day… good light combined with pretty people who are happy with each other and with their jobs… it made my job really easy and fun.

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I am excited that their new website is coming out into the world very soon because it showcases a lot of my photography. It will be a really nice addition to my resume! I would love to work with more companies who are doing good work in the world and who prefer to use real photos of their people instead of stock photography (to see a comparison between stock and nonstock you can look at their current website which has stock photos.) I hope this is a trend that continues.

No time to write even a blog post…

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I am not complaining that I am busy… because I feel super lucky that I am busy, but I have been photographing so much that every time I sit at the computer, I have 10 different programs processing files that I haven’t even been able to update my blog… which is frustrating because I have lots to share.

I am working on a new project for a company called InsideTrack. They provide free coaching to university students, as they transition between high school and college. InsideTrack is putting together a new website because they don’t want to use stock photographs anymore, so they hired me… yay yay yay.

First they sent me to Portland, Oregon to photograph the coaches, then to Monterey to photograph students, and I am going to SF tomorrow to photograph more coaches and staff, and then to Flagstaff, Arizona next week for more students…. so…. combine that with my other job documenting offices, and planning a wedding that is happening in 17 days… and I repeat… I am very very busy.

So unfortunately, I don’t have much time tonight to catch up, but I wanted to at least post something.

Here are the coaches in Portland. I guess it isn’t surprising that people, who coach college students for a living, are all very easy to talk to and fun to hang out with, but it is a nice bonus for me because it makes my job so much easier and more enjoyable.

Portland looked nice, from the very small glimpse I had of it. But my biggest regret is that I didn’t take a photo of the best doughnut I have ever had in my life. If you ever have a chance to go to Portland… go to Voodoo Doughnuts… so so so good. I brought Arann home a maple bacon doughnut with two long strips of bacon on top… he is in love.

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And below are the students I followed around in Monterey at California State University Monterey Bay. Of course they were all super fun and easy to photograph too. But you can’t really be a grumpy student when your campus is on one of the most gorgeous coastlines, and when surfing is one of the classes you can take… and when your mascot is the otter, which happens to be one of my favorite animals on the planet. I definitely would have rather been an energetic and playful otter than a wrinkled old bulldog (sorry, Lindsay, that is blasphemy I know.)

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So that’s it for now… more to come soon.


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