Rachel + Kirk | Lake Merritt Engagement Session


what a delightful couple!

From the start they were staring longingly into each other's eyes, giving nose kisses and giggling.

We started to meander the side streets near Lake Merritt and found this amazing alleyway that seemed to take them to another world.

"We met on OkCupid," Rachel said, with a tone of joy and surprise.  "Our first date was just down the street," she pointed it out as we walked past on our way to Lake Merritt.

I absolutely loved capturing their romance, as well as their laughter.

I couldn't have asked for a happier couple, or a better sunset!

Congratulations to Rachel and Kirk on their engagement!  I am sure you will spend your days full of laughter and love.


The Headshot Mini Session Experience

I want to talk about my headshot mini session experience.

I've been involved in theatre for over a decade.  I started off in youth theatre training summer programs, which you could hardly call "drama camp".  It was an intensive experience.  It was work.  As far as I'm concerned, I didn't have a summer vacation from ages 10-20.  Then I started performing in local community theatre, and then I ran off to college to get my BA in Photography.  Then I went to a physical theatre intensive in the middle of the woods the summer after college in 2014 (again, always work), and this recent April I walked across the stage in high heels and dressed as a bee to receive my diploma from the San Francisco Clown Conservatory.
I am now capable of literally and metaphorically juggling many skills.

Over the years while studying photography, theatrical headshots have been my go-to as a connection with the theatre world.  My training in theatre aids in my photography business, because I've spent so many years building characters that I always appreciate a good character when I see one.  And the best part of being a photographer?  Everyone is a character, and it is my job to capture their character.

The headshot mini sessions gave me the chance to work with SEVEN very different people in a very short amount of time.  Thanks to basic improvisation and clowning skills, I am able to quickly connect with each new person, and capture their character through my lens.  I work personally with every client and announce my favorite parts of their faces and personalities.  We then work together to emphasize the favorite parts.

Overall the day was AMAZING and such a thrill to meet so many amazing local performers.

The characters:

She had an amazing stare when we first began.  Her whole face tells a story that contains this beautiful strength and peace.
Then she started to warm up and her natural smile was absolutely stunning.

She had such a bold and bright smile!

He brought in this pink shirt that absolutely popped with color, and then he switched to grey and became a different character.  


Can you even handle the confident sass?  Her pixie cut, those amazing blue eyes, and that half-smile is absolutely perfect.


The most buoyant and fun woman, paired with a much more serious character to showcase her dynamic range.


And speaking of range, she is easily one of the funniest women I know.  And LOOK AT THAT STARE.



Dynamic headshots are so important to make sure you stand out from the crowd.


Headshot sessions are $275 for 1 hour!
Let's have some fun!



I would be a fool to forget to give a shot out to my awesome husband, who was my test subject in the early morning, and my reflector-holder throughout the day.




Lindsey + Cole | UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens Engagement Session

Lindsey and Cole.  Ohhhh how much love can I give this amazing couple?

Lovers of culture, history, obscure animal species, mushroom foraging, hiking, fine cuisine.... I could go on!

According to Lindsey, she and Cole first connected through an online dating site in 2013 (yessir online dating works!) and he caught her eye when he sent her this message:

"Hey Lindsey, hope you're having a beautiful morning. Some animal trivia for the workday. Male anglerfish exist only to find a female to attach to, fuse into, and then atrophy into a sperm bag to be used at the female's convenience. Lovely!"

I have to say, I spent a few years trying online dating and I received some pretty weird messages, but nothing that unique.  In that moment, Lindsey said she was so surprised by his hilarious tone and quirky fact that she thought to herself "I think this might be the guy."

I chose the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens  because I knew that Lindsey and Cole feel the most comfortable in the beauty of the outdoors.  The gorgeous sun floated through the trees at the Redwood Grove as the two of them laughed and snuggled together.

Lindsey and Cole got engaged in the fall of 2016 at Cole's family's cabin in the mountains.  Lindsey reveals that it was far from flashy, but very much perfect.  The two of them were cooking breakfast together, singing and dancing in the kitchen, when Cole revealed to her a 110 year-old antique engagement ring.  They then took an insane hike around Snake Lake and effortlessly began to plan the rest of their lives together.

Right before sunset hit the horizon, we adventured to a lookout on Grizzly Peak.  It's one of my favorite spots because the light is so warm, and the location is so sublime.

Lindsey and Cole, my darling weirdos, you are such a unique couple and I cannot wait to celebrate this joy with you.