Monday, December 21, 2009

Baby B

I had the opportunity to sneak in a few shots of Baby B this weekend, even though he wasn't the happiest of campers. I'm looking forward to our next outdoor shoot! Maybe he'll be a fan of mine that day!

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Snowball Fight in Times Square!

Reasons I love this:
1. I love snowball fights
2. I love Times Square
3. I love candid photography
4. I love black and white photographs
5. This makes me so happy

Thank you to Doug Kim, Photographer, for sharing these photographs with the world. You made my day.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009


I don't usually focus on people photography, but there is a huge need for it out there, and I'm willing to fill that need.

Here are some shots of Winemaker Rick Oberschulte, Sutter Home Winery.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

My Sunday at Rayko

Yesterday, I spent the day at Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco. I had signed up for a class but wasn't sure I'd get in....then I got the call I'd're in. Sweet.

Sunday morning was grey and miserable, spots of pouring down rain paired with spots of sunshine carried me to the city. At quarter till, I rolled into Rayko, so excited for this class. Their entryway has couches and gallery walls where they feature photographers' works. They offer classes and a darkroom and mat cutters and computers and anything your photographer's heart desires.

Studio Lighting for Product Photography kicked off at 10am. I was enthralled the entire way. This class solidified my passion for photography and my intentions to pursue it more actively. We learned how strobe kits work. We learned how to use a light meter. We learned how to play with light and manage reflections. Here is an example of our bottle setup:

--The tent is made out of translucent diffusion gel.
--The c-stand is above the camera, holding the top of the gel.
--There are two strobes on either side of the tent, equidistant from the bottle for a symmetrical reflection.
--There is a light shining down on the back side of the bottle to illuminate the liquid.
--The top soft box is pointing on the background to create a gradient of grey
--The black cards on the sides prevent the side lights from spilling onto the background.
--The mirrors behind the bottle illuminate the liquid even more.
--We held a mirror near the lens to brighten the label.
--Meter, meter, meter.
--I'll post the final shot here when I pull it off the camera.

What an incredible day. I had such an awesome time, networked with other photographers, and will continue my quest to go pro.

The final photo after two hours of setup!

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Thursday, December 10, 2009


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Thursday, December 3, 2009


I try not to take things for granted...there is incredible beauty in the details.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

One of the Highlights of the Year

Being published in Wine Business Monthly! It's really exciting to be published in a magazine that I read regularly and one that ties in my love of wine with my passion for photography!

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Second Baby J Shoot!

Merry Christmas!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Fine Art, I Miss You!

I haven't shot a lot of fine art lately and I'm finding that I miss it! It's time to go on a little road trip and shoot away...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Baby J!

I have finally finished the photos from Baby J's shoot. Enjoy! I can't wait until his studio shoot next week.

Baby J

I just love this photo...I had to do a pop of color and then a black and white!

Friday, November 13, 2009

SeaGlass Photoshoot!

I was SO excited to do this shoot! My boss and I launched this brand a couple of years ago and it came time to update the glamour shot. I took the initiative to do the shoot this time and have confirmed my passion - food photography. I'm so lucky to have an amazing facility available for can't go wrong when the venue is perfect, the food is perfect, the dishes and flatware are perfect, and the view is perfect! Here is a glimpse into Wednesday's shoot...

Night Harvest 2009

On October 8, a friend and I headed out to Arbuckle, a tiny town off of I5, between Napa and Red Bluff. It was the end of harvest and only two harvesters were out in the fields. It was my last chance to catch night harvest in action. Check out some of the photos from that night...and yes, we got to ride on the top of this massive machine. It was absolutely awesome.

Next year, I'll head out at the end of August and catch ten or more harvesters going at once...I hear it looks like a carnival with all the lights! (A good carnies.)

PS - They were picking Moscato...we picked a couple and ate them right off the vine...tasted just like Moscato!