The biggest take away so far has been: to be a good teacher, you have to be a perpetual student. As with so many other aspects of our lives, we continually adapt to and learn new skills, tools and techniques for the tasks we face every day in our lives. Photography is no different! From the new advances in phone cameras to the engineering of lightweight mirrorless cameras, there are new tools all the time to consider as part of the future of photography.Read More
This is exactly the time of year when I am reminded of the family and friends that we have in our lives that we may not see often but make sure to keep in touch with as the holidays and yearly celebrations begin. We take more time to travel, visit and reminisce with people that mean so much to our history, our present and our future.
I have to admit I am not one of the rare photographers that like having their photograph taken, but this year while I was home over Labor Day weekend I had a change of heart. My mom hired a professional photographer like myself to do family portraits. Aside from feeling awkward at first in front of the camera, I wanted to be behind it. I wanted to be the one capturing those moments of laughter with my family, like the silly faces that my nephews make when they are just about done with having their 200th photograph taken. As the early evening went on, I found myself so appreciative of our photographer because she allowed me to be a part of the process. I was able to be captured the same way that I capture people while I am doing a family portrait session, it was really wonderful.
So I came back even more excited to get started this fall! I am looking forward to capturing those meaningful, silly and candid moments between families in the Bay Area in the next few months!
HERE’S WHAT’S COMING UP:
MINI FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSIONS: Perfect for all families, 30 minute session, 25 high resolution digital photographs, and 25 low resolution digital photographs (web ready, easy for sharing!)
FEE: $295 (includes everything above!)
NEW DATES AVAILABLE!!!
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2018
REDWOOD REGIONAL PARK, Oakland
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
SUNDAY DECEMBER 2, 2018
TILDEN REGIONAL PARK, BERKELEY
1:00 to 4:00 PM
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
LAND’S END, San Francisco
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
SUNDAY OCTOBER 14, 2018
REDWOOD REGIONAL PARK, Oakland
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
CUSTOM FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSIONS: Please email me to inquire about alternative dates and times regarding full family portrait sessions! We can chat about where you’d like to be photographed and customize a family portrait session that fits your needs!
There is nothing like the spring and the incredible changes that happen during the spring season when everything comes alive again! Personally, my excitement to get out in nature and see the beauty it has to offer grows exponentially!
This spring I am offering two workshops with two opportunities to learn a variety of skills within photography. Aside from the basics, we will be learning about capturing two different subjects and the ways they can be photographed in both similar and radically different ways.
WORKSHOP DATES AND DESCRIPTION:
PORTRAITURE & POST PROCESSING
April 28, 2018 from 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Location: Oakland, CA
This four hour workshop will be held in a studio where we will focus on capturing creative and strong portraits. The workshop will help students see the relationship between how we use our camera and how we see our subject matter. Then we will learn how to process those images in the digital darkroom to develop stunning imagery with creative editing tools.
NATURE, LANDSCAPES & LIGHT
May 12, 2018 from 2:00 to 6:00 PM
Location: Lands End, San Francisco, CA
This four hour workshop held at Lands End, will be an incredible opportunity to be in nature at the perfect time of day to notice the change of light towards the end of the day. Students will focus on using their cameras to adapt to different lighting situations and capture beautiful images of a natural gem in the Bay Area.
These workshops are limited to ten students per session and are FREE to students who are registered for Photo Camp I or Photo Camp II this summer! Make sure you reserve your spot now!
As a photographer I am elated when I get to share my thoughts, ideas and experience in photography with a captive audience. Whether that is meeting someone on the street with a camera in hand and chatting about the beautiful light streaking between the leaves and branches of the trees or demonstrating the effects aperture adjustments can have on an image with my students, I adore and revel in these moments of a new discovery. There is something so rewarding about witnessing their knowledge of photography develop through those moments.
Last summer during Teen Photo Camp, we ventured to several places throughout the Bay Area where we told stories with our cameras about the world we were seeing and experiencing. We photographed at Lands End with a stop at Sutro Baths for sunset, conducted self portraits in a studio and practiced story telling through documentary photography in the Mission. The teens were challenged with using manual settings on their cameras and in turn were able to master different aspects of photography like aperture, shutter speed and exposure compensation. We learned how to overcome difficult shooting situations and troubleshoot when the images did not look the way we intended. I witnessed the improvement they each made with these slight adjustments and their confidence with a camera grow.
The week of Teen Photo Camp is always so inspiring to my work and a great way for me to remind myself of what I should think about in my photography. We all notice different parts of the environment and space we occupy and I thoroughly enjoy getting to see the fresh perspectives of my students as they learn and grow during the course of the week.
I am excited to announce that I am going to be offering four weeks of Photo Camp this summer for teens! There will be new adventures, challenges and inspiration to experience together during both Photo Camp I and the second edition for those with some photography experience, Photo Camp II. Check out the dates below and register your teen for camp this summer now!
SUMMER 2018 DATES:
PHOTO CAMP I (for beginners and intermediate photographers)
- June 11 - 15 from 9 AM to 4 PM
- July 9 - 13 from 9 AM to 4 PM
PHOTO CAMP II (for prior attendees or intermediate photographers)
- July 23 - 27 from 9 AM to 4 PM
- August 6 - 10 from 9 AM to 4 PM
I look forward to having these camps again this summer and seeing you all there!
I am still in my mind just coming back from a trip to France I took recently with a good friend. We spent more of our time in the south of France (post to come another time) and a few days in Paris.
I am always trying to figure out how to live in Paris. Part of my heart stays in the beautiful old charming city year round. It's a photographer (professional or hobbyist's) dream. There is something about the way the light moves and changes and creates a soft glow on any subject. It's incredible.
Here are some of the many photos I took during just the two days I carried my camera with me. I walked many many miles each day trying to stay out of the metro so I could take it all in. See everything that I possibly could while I was there.
The incredibly cute and wonderful artists of Montmartre.
Don't worry I am coming back Paris. Very soon actually. In fact I will see you in one week from today. And stay tuned friends, my plan may include finding my friends above to revisit and soak in as much of the old soul as I can get. Ciao!
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