Here he is. He just turned six and could not be better at loving, and being loved. Thank you, Lenny Gonzalez, for these photographs that melt my heart.
I was so pleased to be included in the fantastic group photography show, Buy Art Before You’re 60, curated by the indomitable Andrea Potts. This show has been a San Francisco tradition since 1998, and I’ve been honored to participate in it from the beginning.
This year, Andrea put a twist on things by holding the show at Cornerstone Sonoma, one of my favorite spots in the wine country. It’s a crazy cool collection of shops, eateries, wineries, and amazing garden installations from the country’s top landscape architects. (My next-choice career after “wedding photographer” was “landscape architect”, so I’m especially mesmerized by the incredible installations.)
Cornerstone is a beautiful site for weddings, and I have shot there… but on Sunday, I had the rare treat to bring my family along for a lovely, summery afternoon in the sun, admiring art and reconnecting with friends… no work required!
Here are the two pieces that were selected for the show:
Here’s how they looked, framed up nice and pretty:
Yesterday was the party to celebrate Blu Bungalow’s one-year anniversary, and I needed a sweet, special something to give to Hazel, BB’s lovely founder. The answer was obvious – Poppy Red on Park Street, Alameda. A really exceptional collection of beautiful, creative florals and inspiring gifts… I couldn’t resist bringing my camera.
I traveled to Scottsdale recently for a wedding and I am so in love with the desert landscape. We (my wonderful friend and assistant, Gabriel and I) had a free morning the day before the wedding so we got up super early and headed to the Desert Botanical Garden to take advantage of the softer morning light. (Funny story: when inquiring at the hotel about the best place to “go to the desert and shoot cacti”, the concierge thought I meant shoot with a GUN and simply looked at me in horror, totally speechless!)
Anyhow, we ended up at this beautiful garden and I’m so glad we did. It was really well-done, beautifully maintained, and incredibly informative about life in the desert. If you are in the area, I highly recommend it.
We were lucky enough to be there for their very, very cool butterfly exhibit. It was like a large greenhouse constructed of screens, and it was SUCH a relaxing place to be. We stayed quite a while to enjoy watching the flutters.
I wish I’d had more time to stay in town after the wedding. Now my brain is spinning on the idea of a southwestern road trip…
If ever pure, sweet love was somehow manifested in the form of a boy, this is that boy.
Love shoots off of this boy like beams of light. Anyone that spends time with him can feel it. It is a gift.
Seriously. Those eyes.
Happy fifth birthday to my incredibly special boy. Thank you for blessing us with your love.
Here are the ones I’ll be squeezing tomorrow (and everyday). Love!
This crazy warm weather has everyone thinking it’s spring.
I spent some time in Tahoe over the holidays, and while we were initially disappointed at the utter lack of snow, we had a fantastic time. We were able to explore the area much more than we ever have before, and discovered some lovely parks and trails. We also discovered that my four-year-old can hike much, much farther than we ever suspected… so, after a hiatus of some years, whole new worlds are opening up to us once again.
Few things make me happier than getting away to a new place and spending time simply exploring with my camera. This foray was mostly about getting close in on nature. But it almost doesn’t matter what the photos look like, or if I ever do anything with them; it’s about the journey, the experience, and the seeking of beauty in expected and unexpected places. As it turns out, though, there are a handful of images from this most recent haul that I like very much.