Archive for the ‘personal’ Category

five years married

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Ali and I recently celebrated five years of marriage by getting back into our wedding clothes and doing a wetplate collodium portrait (three second exposure!) with Giles Clement.

My friend Gwyneth just relocated to Portland (yay!) and we asked her to help out with my hair (in addition to being a very talented photographer, she went to beauty school). Isn’t the hair fabulous and period? We also asked her to do some portraits of us in the home before we went out for our session with Giles.

photo: Gwyneth Colleen


Gwyn had the idea to recreate one of our favorite photos she took on our wedding day in 2008. The one on the left is her 2008 version in San Francisco’s Chinatown. The right is her 2013 version in Portland’s Chinatown. HOT TUB TIME MACHINE*



photo: Gwyneth Colleen

* note: I have never seen that movie but my husband and I like to shout that to one another every once in awhile

why so quiet?

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Wondering why I’ve been so quiet? Becoming a mother changed my life! This first year has been truly challenging and all-consuming of my energy and creativity. At the moment I’m on sabbatical, but still photographing in the home. I am also collaborating with a few great people throughout this year – the musicians of Resonance Ensemble whose music continues to bring tears to my eyes with every program – plus the brilliant minds behind Portland Made to photograph makers and shakers in Portland. FUN!

photo: Samantha Shorey

maternity leave

Monday, March 5th, 2012

I’ll be out on personal leave from March 15 – May 1. Although I am not accepting portrait commissions during that time, feel free to contact me to set up a shoot in May. I won’t be on email regularly but I will be checking in every week or so.

PS: you might want to get on my email list (upper right hand corner here) if you’re interested in future announcements, offers, and special projects.

photo: husband (7 months)


A Persian Wedding

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Persian wedding sofreh aghd
Persian wedding sofreh aghd
Persian wedding sofreh aghd
Persian wedding sofreh aghd
Persian wedding sofreh aghd
Persian wedding sofreh aghd
Persian wedding sofreh aghd
Persian wedding sofreh aghd

[ October 2010 – University Club – Palo Alto, California – FILM ]

Ali and I attended a cousin’s wedding in October 2010 in Palo Alto, California. I used an uncle’s film camera and shot just one roll. I like the way these uncorrected images turned out. I don’t remember what kind of film I used; the color is definitely off but the photos convey the exact mood of the elaborate spread and the boisterous family celebration. Persian weddings are my favorite!

The Sofreye Aghd Wedding Spread (sohfreh/sofreh) is a collection of symbolic and beautiful elements spread before the couple. I love the ancient traditions brought forward in today’s Iranian wedding ceremonies; you can tell from these photos that I spent most of my roll of film on the photogenic table spread!

wedding photos, guest

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

[ July 2011, Malibu California ]

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[film: ilford hp5plus]


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film wedding photographs
[film: CVS brand]

how is our lovely sweetie?

Monday, November 14th, 2011

One of Ali’s aunties in Iran sent us a sweet email upon hearing that we are expecting a boy:

“I appreciate your feeling. it shows you’re satisfied and running a joyful life. How is our lovely sweetie? I’ve heard that it is a baby boy. Congratulations. Boys are more serious than girls so dealing with them are easier and also they are more naughty so you can not have a chance to rest. prepare yourself.”

Manasse and his cousin

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

ilford hp5 plus film
[Moreno Valley, California – July 2011 – Ilford HP5 film]

Noa at two

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

two years old

Noa, my Boston friend, is at that punky two year old stage where her entire world can crumble in two seconds or less. She’s adorably naughty.

mood management

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

On my recent trip to Ohio, I got to visit my friend Sarah and watch her manage the mood swings of a 2 1/2 year old. I’m so impressed with mothers of toddlers.

mother daughter portrait

half and half

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

farmers market potatoes

Just a quick little personal shot with my point and shoot at the Portland Farmers’ Market. Love the colors of all the different foods! Shot with a Canon S95 on Miniature Mode.