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Dirtbag Wine Country Living…

Arann Harris and the Farm Band, Sam Chase and Marty O’Reilly were supposed to play at the Mystic Theater tonight…paigegreenFarmConcert050215-044

But as it turned out, the venue double booked the night and so they canceled the show.

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At first my husband was crushed.

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But then we started brainstorming…

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Where else could they play in Petaluma?

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We wanted somewhere authentic.

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Somewhere people would naturally want to be.

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We went through a long list of potential options, but we always came back to the farm.

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And after experiencing the pure joy and love (as my three year old put it) that happened today…

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It makes you wonder why…paigegreenFarmConcert050215-014

Arann Harris and The Farm Band would ever want to play anywhere else. paigegreenFarmConcert050215-038

Which is why I am urging him to host more concerts for other musicians on a regular basis.

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It’d be like Prairie Home Companion meets Dirt Bag Wine Country Living

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And he’d be like Garrison Keillor, but with a bloody nose… definitely not for everyone, but definitely authentic.

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All those in favor of more farm concerts please send your vote to Arann Harris now:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arann-Harris-and-The-Farm-Band/182690278460478?fref=ts

A Photographer’s Wedding…

Klea and Dave got married at the Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma on July 23, 2011.

Klea and Dave’s wedding may have been one of the easiest and one of the hardest weddings that I have ever photographed.

It was one of the easiest weddings that I have photographed because Klea is also a photographer so she knew how to create a beautiful wedding… She picked a photogenic location with amazing light and carefully planned all of the details.

It was one of the hardest weddings because Klea is also a photographer so naturally she has high expectations of the photographs of her own wedding. With Klea’s high expectations weighing heavily on my mind, I may have been a bit more nervous than I normally am before I photograph a wedding. But I had to remind myself that she hired me for a reason and that my job was to stay calm and to do what I always do… except with more film. Because like every good photographer, Klea loves film and she wanted me to document each part of the day with my film camera as well as with my digital camera.

So to make sure I had every moment covered, I hired Annika Erickson, another talented photographer, to be the second photographer… and here is our story of Klea and Dave’s wedding...

See if you can tell which photographs are digital and which photographs are film…









Congratulations, Klea and Dave, and thank you for trusting me to document your very photogenic and love-filled day.

To see more photos of Klea and Dave’s wedding and to find out which photos are film click here.

Oysterpalooza 2009… that’s all I need to say…

… but I am going to say more.

What a day of happy people eating fresh local oysters, drinking beer, listening to amazingly good local music, and dancing until they could dance no more. This is one of Arann’s big annual projects that he does in collaboration with the Rocker Oysterfeller’s team. The epic event is not without a lot of work and publicity (which brought more people out this year than ever before and brought some unexpected hurdles like figuring out where to park all those cars.) In the end people were patient and remembered the point of the occasion was to chill out, eat oysters, listen to talented musicians and have a good time, and I think the photos show the mission was accomplished.

It was a super fun day and I can’t wait for 2010. Maybe there will be t-shirts next year… just a suggestion… but who doesn’t want a t-shirt that says Oysterpalooza?

Bringing in the New Year…

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The Green String Farm Band played at Rocker Oysterfeller’s Speakeasy in Valley Ford on New Year’s Eve. It was an amazing occasion complete with a four-course prohibition era dinner, consisting of classic dishes from the 1920’s and 1930’s created with locally produced ingredients. The costumes were amazing and when combined with the atmosphere inside the historic Dairyman’s Bank (1890), it was easy to forget what year we were bringing in with our celebrations.

If you ever are in need of a fun place to go for dinner, and you are up for an adventure, then you should check out Rocker Oysterfeller’s. The food is phenomenal and they are continously trying new theme nights that make the occasion worth the drive. And as an extra bonus, you can find Arann Harris singing it up out there every Thursday night in 2009.

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