Archive for June, 2010

casting call | little redhead girl in white dress

Monday, June 28th, 2010

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for redheads, so when Boston-area artist Julia Denos made my sweet little girl illustration exactly to my specifications, I was thrilled.

I’m putting out a general casting call for another poster girl with curly red hair like this, between the ages of 4 and 9 years old in the San Francisco Bay area. Ideally she would also have access to a little white dress for the photo shoot. Portraits from the session would be used for marketing materials for my business, and my model would get a framed fine art print of her choice from the portrait session.

If you know someone with a daughter who fits the bill, please have them get in contact with me. I can’t wait to find my next poster child! 🙂


a girl, a beach, and a gigantic flower

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Some outtakes from a recent family portrait session at Cowell Ranch Beach, near Half Moon Bay.

Admire my pretty little model! I asked them to bring some giant flower hairpieces, and look what mom found at Nordstroms. Fabulous! I’m fascinated by the look on her face here – it’s clearly a posed portrait, and I told her to sit like that… but the expression is such an interesting mix of serious, maybe a little perturbed, and at the same time innocent. Only girls at that age can be such a contradiction of terms.

flower headband from nordstrom

My just-graduated-from-elementary-school model was a little bit embarrassed to be walking around with a giant flower on her head, but luckily there weren’t any cute boys around so she soon forgot all about it and did what kids do best… play! Wheeeeee! This girl loves the ocean.

family portrait session half moon bay ca

I’m trying to do everything in black and white from now on, but the softness of the colors in this little running outtake just doesn’t translate in black and white.

family portraits cowell ranch beach

The beach we chose was a lovely, secluded little cove (Cowell Ranch Beach). We had to walk through some artichoke fields to get there!

family session on the beach san francisco

The 1/2 mile walk back to the car after a few hours at the beach…. can’t you just feel how well she’s going to sleep that night? I love this image because it tells such a story. The end of a long day for a working model… or a girl who just spent some time chasing waves in the sun.

Thank you so much for sharing that afternoon with me pretty lady!! And we’ll make sure none of the boys at your school see the outtakes from our photo shoot!


Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Bulgarian boyBulgarian boy

Svetli is a 7-year old boy who lives in Bulgaria. He was my little buddy when we went to Bulgaria to photograph Anna and Ali’s wedding last year. His grin makes me feel like a million bucks!


Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

This is one girl who loves to do impressions and pull faces. Outtake from a family session in Woodside, CA.

family portraits woodside ca

Erin Ivey, live at Momo’s

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Erin Ivey live performance Austin TX

I love singer-songwriter Erin Ivey. She has beautiful, imaginative songs that range from rousing folksy numbers to sweet and sexy lullabies. I had the opportunity to hear her perform live during my recent visit to Austin, Texas and my jaw dropped to the floor when I realized her voice was even BETTER live in person. In retrospect, this seems like an obvious point but when you’re used to hearing an mp3 and then suddenly you get the full range of tonalities, your entire world is shaken.

Erin Ivey live performance Austin TX

Erin Ivey live performance Austin TX

Thanks Erin, for rocking my world.