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Grow Your Jeans…

Do you know who made your jeans or where they came from?

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Thanks to Fibershed’s “Grow Your Jeans” campaign, I do know who made my jeans and where they came from…

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The inspiring Sally Fox grew the organic cotton in the Capay Valley,

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The fearless Rebecca Burgess grew and composted the indigo at different farms around the Bay Area,

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The talented Leslie Terzian wove the yarn into fabric at her studio on the Shipyard at Hunters Point, San Francisco,

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And the lovable and meticulous Daniel DiSanto measured twice, designed and sewed a pair just for me at his studio in Alameda.

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While this is sadly not me… this is how happy I look when I put on my new sustainable/local/custom made jeans… now I just need some tops to go with them…

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Click the following links to learn more about Fibershed and the Grow Your Jeans event that was held in Bolinas on October 3rd, 2015.

 

 

Calling all Photograph(Fight)ers…

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The Valley Fire could become one of the top 5 most destructive fires in our history; the toll on our region’s landscape and community is heartbreaking.

I was able to raise $3,150 in 24 hours for the Valley Fire relief efforts by offering free photo shoots in exchange for donations.

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Think what we could raise if every photographer made the same offer in their community.

If you are a photographer who would like to help, here is the challenge offer:

FREE one hour digital photo shoots in (name of your town) to the first 10 people who donate ($$) or more to one of the following organizations that is raising money to support the relief efforts for the victims of the Lake County area fires.

Please use the hashtag #photographfighter so we can see everyone who is playing and their photos.

These are the nonprofits my clients donated directly to:

Redwood Credit Union

Petaluma Animal Shelter

Thank you for participating and I look forward to seeing the difference our photography community can make.

There is no place like home… (free photo shoot offer at your home)

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“No matter who you are or where you’re from, home means something to you. Homes serve as the backdrop for our childhood memories as well as the background of the interpersonal dramas in our lives. Our homes hold an iconic status as a place we can always belong. A place we can always be ourselves, let our guard down and still be loved. Home is a place you look forward to, a place where just being yourself is good enough,” Dr Robi Ludwig.

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As of September 15th, 2015, Reuters is reporting that 584 homes have been destroyed by the Lake County fires.

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While having your home burn down isn’t the end of the world, when your whole community (13,000 residents) and the land around it (more than 67,000 acres) burns down as well… I think it might feel pretty close to the end of your world.

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It is certainly not something I ever hope to experience.

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This being the first time I have lived so close to a crisis of this scale, it is so powerful and moving to see my community rally together to help the families who have lost everything and I want to do my part as well.

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So I am offering FREE one hour digital photo shoots in Petaluma to the first 10 people who donate $250 or more to one of the following organizations that is raising money to support the relief efforts for the victims of the Lake County area fires (value $450.)

Redwood Credit Union

Petaluma Animal Shelter

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Once you make a donation directly to the organization, please send your proof of payment to: studio@paigegreen.com and we will set up a time to photograph your family in your home.

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Offer is good for a one hour family digital photo shoot in Petaluma and it includes five high-resolution digital files. Additional files can be purchased. Additional travel fee for photo shoots outside of Petaluma. 

The Opera House…

If you ask me what kind of photography I like best… this photo shoot for The Opera House is my answer…

It was a tad bit crazy, thanks to the Petaluma winds and a slight miscalculation of how much time it would take to transfer an entire store of amazing props to a field.

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But we managed to pull it off… And once the kids finally arrived, it was so fun to see them grab costumes and scatter into the fields and up the trees. I loved being able to turn in any direction and see kids having fun just being kids… the hardest part was deciding which cute kids to follow.

HUGE thanks: to Kelly Collins Geiser for inviting us to play under the glorious oak trees of her future home; to all our lovely models for coming to play with us; to Terra Livingston and Amber Driscoll, of The Opera House, for providing such a lovely collection of things to photograph; and to Debbie Wilson and her super star helpers, Henry and Lola, for all their hard work.

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To learn more about The Opera House and the lovely handmade art they sell, visit them in Petaluma on Kentucky Street, or online here: http://www.operahousecollective.com/

Farm Photo Workshop: Until Next Time

You work so hard planning and promoting an event, with fingers crossed that people will want to come. And when the day finally arrives and the people do come, you hold your breath hoping that everything goes smoothly and that the people will find what they came for.

So when the sun eventually slips down the sky, at the end of your long awaited day, and you step back and watch the people, who started the day as strangers, sitting close, sharing a meal, laughing about the day and dreaming aloud about the next time we can do this all again… it feels really, really good to finally exhale, sit down on the bench with them and raise a glass to next time.

HUGE thank you to the incredibly talented and extremely generous Farm Photo Workshop guest teachers: Sara Remington, Karen Shinto and Alysia Andriola. And equally HUGE thanks to all the FPW helpers: Jude Mooney, Laura Schneider, Alicia Deal, Carolyn Korch and Arann Harris. And last, but definitely not least, THANK YOU to Mimi Luebbermann for once again so graciously opening up her incredible farm and allowing Farm Photo Workshop to call Windrush Farm our home. 

I’m an opportunivore…

I am documenting a year in the life at DaVero Winery, and documenting life includes documenting death. But this is the best kind of death: death of a life that was farm raised in the fresh air and warm sun, on organically grown leftovers, humanely slaughtered and artfully butchered, only to be thoughtfully cooked and served to conscientious consumers.

If you know me then you know that I am a big time animal lover. So watching an animal lose its life is not easy for me. But I do eat occasionally eat meat. I call myself an opportunivore… which basically means that I am a lazy eater and I will eat what I am served. But if I could have my choice, I would only eat meat that was raised and butchered this way. Because this is as good as it gets for an animal destined for the dinner plate. And what a healthier world it would be if we all ate meat that was raised and butchered by such ethical and humane standards.

Holy November…

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Ever wonder what 16 photo shoots in 12 different cities in 22 days looks like…

paigegreenRoseKahn110214-083 November 2nd: (9 am) Oakland with this lovely family.

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November 19th: Portland with The Big Flip.

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November 22nd: LA with The Big Flip.

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November 23rd: LA and our very last photo shoot with The Big Flip.

544A7363And (after all the editing) this is what I hope November 24th-27th looks like, and for that I am very, very thankful. Happy Week of Thanks, everyone!

Why Not Home…

When I was pregnant with Harper and we were trying to decide where he was going to be born, we asked ourselves, “Why not home?”

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It wasn’t because I had something to prove. Or because I hate hospitals or drugs… in fact I spent so much of my childhood longing to go to the hospital.

Instead it was because I am a private person and I liked the idea of having a small intimate team of people who I knew and trusted. I believed going to the hospital meant crossing your fingers and hoping you got a good team, or many good teams, as often women labor through hospital shift changes.

I figured Why Not Home because I was healthy, he was healthy, we live close to a hospital, should we need it… so why not try.

After all, I helped sheep give birth when we were living at the farm. And I watched “The Business of Being Born” and I figured if Ricki Lake could do it, so could I.

And I did.

It was long, hard, messy and terribly painful, thanks to back labor and an 8.15oz baby. But it made me feel strong and proud to be a woman… and the double chocolate milkshake in my own bed was pretty wonderful too.

After having a home birth, I know it is not the best option for everyone. But I was glad that it was an option for me.

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And then Number Two came along.

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When people asked if I was going to have another home birth, I told them I was going to have a scheduled C-section. I was mostly joking but kind of serious.

My back labor was so bad with Harper, deciding where to have our second child was a very hard decision to make. I talked to lots of people and cried lots of tears over that decision.

It was a hard decision because I had to choose one or the other. It was a hard decision because I live in a community that encourages natural child birth and to admit you want drugs is frowned upon. It was a hard decision because if I chose a home birth, but couldn’t do it then I knew I would have to pay twice… for the midwife and for the hospital.

But ultimately I figured I had done it once, so I could do it again. And so for a second time we said, Why Not Home.

And for a second time, I gave it my best shot at home. But this baby was turned the wrong way and things were not progressing. After 7 hours of very intense back labor pain, I knew I didn’t have what it took to have that baby at home… so I made the decision to go to the hospital.

I do not regret that decision for one second.

We live in a town with a small lovely hospital and the team on duty that day could not have been better. We had two hospital midwives who completely understood our position and supported our vision. But they also gave me the pain relief I needed to make it through labor with a directionally challenged 10.2lbs baby.

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“Why not Home” tells the stories of doctors, nurses, and midwives who have attended hundreds of hospital births, yet chose to have their children at home.

They are encouraging an honest dialog about childbirth. They want women to have all the information necessary to decide where to have their baby based on what is best for them and not based on the pressures of their community or based on what is best for their insurance company (Harper’s birth cost $4,500. Alistair’s birth cost over $35,000… we had to pay $10,000.)

I am supporting this documentary because having a baby is hard enough, deciding where to have your baby should not be a hard decision. I want hospitals to support home birth midwives and home birth midwives to support hospitals. For the health of women, babies and our community we all need to work together.

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Please visit “Why Not Home” to learn more about the documentary and to find out how you can support the documentary too.

Studio Choo at Front Porch Farm…

Just like their flower arrangements…choo5 Studio Choo‘s flower arranging workshop at Front Porch Farm had the perfect combination of all the most creative, stylish and inspiring ingredients.

paigegreenChoo072614-029The location was absolutely amazing.

paigegreenChoo072614-062The participants, who came from all across the US and even England, were lovely.

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choo6The Choos, in their cute aprons and flowing skirts, couldn’t have been more prairie chic.

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paigegreenChoo072614-266 The food, provided by Shed in Healdsburg, and the Front Porch wine were delicious. choo3

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choo4The flowers, as always, were stunning.

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choo7And the Choo inspired arrangements turned out so beautifully…

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To find out more about the talented Choos and their workshops click here: http://www.studiochoo.com/

 

Bread Revolution Coming Soon…

Bread Revolution Coming Soon...

It was a bread-full week. Many thanks to our wonderful team: Peter Reinhart, Katy Brown, Melissa Moore, Karen Shinto, Jeffrey Larson, Tessa Watson, Alexis Scarborough, Morgan Bellinger, Debbie Wilson, the folks at Central Milling, Kendall Jackson and Craig Ponsford. I can’t wait to see all our hard work printed and standing proudly in bookstores October, 2014.

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