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Zero to Two happened fast, too fast…

Two years ago, I started this blog post:

Welcome to the world baby, Alistair Henry Harris…

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Everyone was excited to meet you, but no one more excited than your big brother…

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And then, as it happens with the second child, I blinked (and didn’t finish this blog post) and suddenly TWO YEARS flew by…

Ally_44A9060-2And now you are a little boy who has become very serious about baseball…

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But best of all, you have a relationship with your brother…boys14042016bwthat just keeps on getting better and better.

ally_44A9101Happy To You, Ally Boo Boo! To show you how much we love you, we are going to get you some shirts for your birthday, so you aren’t half dressed in all the photos in your next birthday post.

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(MTV video footage by: Laura Schneider.)

Well, if we have to grow old…

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At least we get to grow old together…

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And at least we know we’ll have fun while we are doing it…

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Happy Birthday to my Favorite Chicken…

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I am so glad you are my person…

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And I look forward to seeing what happens…

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I am a film pusher…

In case you don’t know by now… I love film.

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And I am determined to use my film cameras even more this year.

paigegreen-rollei-01720012So I decided I need to ‘Show & Tell’ a little more.

25-AA-22790013Digital photography is an amazing tool.

paigegreen-ja-22740002With the invention of the ultra fast…

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Incredibly versatile…

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And instantaneously gratifying digital cameras…107-paigegreen-kd-58280004 copy You can now have over 5,000 photos of your wedding.

paigegreenHeatherStephenfilm-000086520009Photos that capture every single moment (and pore) flawlessly and beautifully.

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But photographs taken with good old-fashioned…

paigegreen-jenyamatt511-48980005Incredibly slow…

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Frustratingly unpredictable…

paigegreen-vm-film25Most likely grainy and potentially blurry film cameras…paigegreenLisaAndrewFilm-67670006

Will hopefully give you at least one or two photos…

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That you’ll want to hold on to…

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…forever.

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HelenAdrien-54810009Because photographing with film is about more than just using a tool to document. 

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It is about quality…24910008Not quantity.

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And once you fall in love with film…

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15-paigegreenkendalljavier-54830008(All of these photos were taken with my medium format film cameras.)

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Good Riddance 2013… (the abridged photo version)

I am feeling a touch of the end of the year blues this year.

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I think that is because if I had to pick one photo to describe 2013, it would be this one…

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I definitely bit off way more than I could chew this year…

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But 2013 did not always play nice…betsy-000070610003No matter how hard I worked…

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It seemed like life had some fun new challenge just waiting for me to catch up,

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Leaving me just barely treading water.

000032910003Rarely did I ever feel like I was leading the family and work dance.

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And as a result things suffered…

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Such as my social life…

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My blog…

000070660008And my hard drives, it was a very, very bad year for hard drives… back them up people.

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But because I use this time of year to really examine the past year…

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To try and measure how much I have grown…

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I know it is important for the well-being of 2014 that I dig even deeper…

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219-harper2yrBecause despite the technical setbacks and the lack of time… it was an amazing year for photography…

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Filled with fun projects…

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Interesting people…

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I feel incredibly humbled each and every time people invite me to document their lives…paigegreenAyelet112313-128

Their businesses…

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Their cause…

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And their love…paigegreenLisaAndrewFilm-67670006I still get butterflies before every photo shoot and I hope I always will.

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In 2014… I want more of all of it… except for the technical difficulties… I have had plenty of that for a lifetime.

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Now that all this looking back is said and done…

058-HAHIslePalmss-000070660001It is time to kick out 2013…

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Happy, happy, happy new year.

the most beautiful home birth I almost saw…

If you asked me how my home birth was, you would not hear me say, “My home birth was beautiful.”

Instead I very honestly would tell you, “It was extremely long, incredibly painful and very, very messy. I can understand why drugs were invented and why people take them.”

Between endless hours of back-breaking contractions, I kept repeating, “This is ridiculous. How can there be 7 billion people on the planet.”

I couldn’t see why anyone would voluntarily choose to do this more than once in their lifetime, let alone 7 billion times.

People told me eventually I would forget and the hormones would win again, but I refused to believe that I could ever forget what that day felt like. And I announced that I was quite happy with one.

Yet here I am, one year and 5 months later, just like everyone said, wondering… if, maybe, should we?

So I was excited when Rose sent me an email asking if I would photograph the birth of their second baby girl, who would be born at home some time in March. It would be a good test. How would it feel to see someone else go through labor? And what was a home birth like the second time around?

I was also excited because I have never seen a human being born. I have seen cows, sheep, and dogs… but not a human (I had my eyes closed the whole time during HAH’s birth.)

And I got a small taste of what it must feel like for doctors and midwives. For once in my life, I had my cell phone almost always charged and I almost always knew where it was. And at gatherings with friends, I would announce, “I can’t drink tonight, I’m on call.”

But then it didn’t happen. The due date came and went. I started filling up my calendar. I had photo shoots scheduled every day. Arann got sick, so I was working all day and on solo parenting duty at night. Until finally at the end of day two of photographing flowers in SF, I got the texts:

4:12pm “I think we are in early labor, midwife is coming over. Will text again.”

4:57 “Come now!!”

I was in San Francisco.

The family was in Oakland.

For those of you not from the Bay Area, 5pm on a Thursday means… Fat chance.

I only had to drive 10.5 miles.

It took me one hour.

When I finally arrived at the house, Rose’s mother let me in and said, “The baby was just born, come on in.”

And this is what I saw…

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While I was disappointed to have missed the birth, it was probably for the best because I got to experience all of the joy and none of the work. Which means I can confidently say that it was the most beautiful home birth, I almost saw.

Thank you, Rose and Jonathan, for inviting me to be a part of this amazing moment in your lives. It was such an incredible honor and I am so excited for your family. And, as Rose said to me after the birth of HAH, “Have fun falling in love.”

Wait for it…

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Seana first contacted me on November 10th about family photos. We had three or four scheduled dates to meet but each time it just didn’t work out… thanks to conflicting holiday schedules, bad weather, the flu, and even an epic battle with poison oak. But we didn’t give up. We waited until schedules calmed down, the weather was just right, the poison oak went away and everyone one was feeling healthy, relaxed and ready to play…

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Thank you for not giving up, Seana.

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It was so worth the wait.

One Street, Four Families and Me…

Last year I was lucky to photograph this cute family

And that cute family showed their photos to this cute family…

And that cute family showed their photos to this cute family…

And to this cute family…

And because all of these cute families live on the same cute street in the East Bay, this year one of the mothers offered to help organize schedules so I could come back and photograph all of the cute families on the same day.

So that is what we did.

And here are some of my favorites from our marathon photography day on that sunny Saturday in November…


Thank you, Rachel, for suggesting the Clover Drive photography day. And thank you, Kim, for coordinating all of the schedules. I had lots of fun with each of your families and I really hope to see you all again next year.



Introducing… Harper Albi Harris

Born at our home on October 14th at 12:20 am.

Named after my most favorite grandparents, who taught me the importance and value of family.

(photo taken by the talented Jude Mooney.)

He is only three weeks old and I am still completely blown away by it all…

By the fact that he was once inside of me.

By how absolutely amazing women are.

By seeing my son bundled in my husband’s arms.

By the love we have received from our incredible community.

By the multitude of faces…

…one creature can make…

…in a matter of seconds.


By my mom.

By my dog, who sat quietly with me during the whole (very long) birth.

And by this new person…

…who is making me fall in love…

…a little bit more…

….every day.

In my perfect world…

…I would live on a street where all of my best friends lived in the houses around me…

…and we would get to do all of this…

… all of the time.

But until my wish comes true…

…I am so grateful for airplanes that bring me to my favorite people who live too far away…


…And guess I’ll settle for a perfect vacation instead.

Thank you Nici, Andy, Margot, Ruby, Alice, Olive and my favorite black cat, Sam. We had an amazing adventure and we can not wait to do it again soon.

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